Monthly Archives: August 2010

Watch Your Words

There is a television in the locker room at the pool we went to this summer. I estimate that I walked my children through that locker room 18 times in the six weeks we used the pool. More often than not, there is the same girl glued to that television watching The Tyra Banks Show. From now on, I will refer to her as Young Girl because she is one. I estimate she is 11 or 12 years old. Any thoughts or comments on this scenario so far? Here is what I predict the experts might say: Pediatrician: Why does this locker room have television? Shouldn’t Young Girl be in […]

Fair Fare

When people find out that I am a dietitian, they always ask me what I eat.  I guess its similar to asking a dermatologist what her favorite potions and lotions are for her face or a trainer what his or her workout routine is.  I respond that I eat most everything in moderation, but I am not a big fan of pork products, especially pork rinds. Lima beans are tough for me and green peppers on a pizza are not my vegetable of choice as a topping. I can be a committed vegan, but if you occasionally ask me out for chicken wings, I will not fight you on it.I […]

Au Bon Pain Response

I am pleased to share the response I received from the letter (my blog entry: Crayola Colored Yogurt) I sent July 10th, 2010 to the CEO of Au Bon Pain. To catch new readers you up to speed, I wrote a letter to the CEO of Au Bon Pain about my concern with the artificial dyes they use in their yogurts. I will have you know, this conversation is not over.   ______________________________________________________________ July 28th, 2010 Dear Ms. Silverman, Thank you for taking the time to write to Sue.  She sent along your note to me and asked me to get back to you. You are clearly a loyal patron […]

Dear Gisele

Here is what supermodel and new mom Gisele Bündchen said to Harper’s Bazaar UK on August 2, 2010: “Some people here [in the U.S.] think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’” adding “I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.” Here is the letter I am sending to Gisele: Gisele, Congratulations on your new baby boy Benjamin! I heard you had a home birth.  And we all know you have chosen to breastfeed.  Well good for you Gisele. Nice nutritional choice. […]

School Food Reform

Michelle Obama is pushing for a complete overhaul of our school breakfast and lunch programs and all of us can and should play a role in this change. Here’s how. Take a look at your child’s school breakfast or lunch menu. Do you think the food is healthy? Are there changes you would like to see? Do you feel comfortable with your child eating the food the school offers? So many parents across the country have told me how dissatisfied they are with school food. They want a change, but don’t know how to go about making change happen. Start here. 1.) Gather a group of like-minded parents at your […]