Thoughts…

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 […]

Give The Kid a Taste

My mother is a sweet sweet soul, but she has a problem. She eavesdrops. She does not actively look for conversations to listen in on; they seem to find her. Here is a recent one.SCENE: A summer day at a local Trader Joes. A delicious aroma fills the air. An employee is preparing roasted asparagus topped with Parmesan cheese for customers. A mother with her two sons approximately 3 1/2 years old and 18 months old pushes her cart over to the sample table to assess the situation. My mother is behind her and hears the following conversation: 3 1/2 year old son: “Mom, can I taste that?” Mother: “That’s asparagus honey. […]

Crayola Colored Yogurt

Here is the copy of a letter I wrote to the CEO of Au Bon Pain today. The Michael Jacobson link can be found here for your reference. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-f-jacobson/food-dye-color-me-skeptic_b_629847.html __________________________________________________________________ July 10, 2010 Sue Morelli, CEO Au Bon Pain 19 Fid Kennedy Avenue Boston, MA 02210 Dear Ms. Morelli, As a pediatric registered dietitian I have always been impressed with Au Bon Pain. Your food has terrific flavor and an impressive menu to choose from. When I worked at the University Of Chicago Medical Center I chose lunch from you many more times than I did from the hospital cafeteria or from a packed lunch from home. And please know […]

My Oven Broke

Last week I was cooking our dinner at 375F when all of the sudden; sonic boom, poofs of smoke and complete loss of oven power. Like any reasonable cook, I immediately opened the oven to rescue my dinner. After our failed attempts at repair, I had no choice but to call for professional help. My oven and range broke on Thursday, June 17th.I was so excited for Monday, June 21st and not because it was the summer solstice. June 21st was the day my oven would finally be fixed. I had an overly large, welcoming smile on my face when the repair person came through the door and I said, […]

Our Obese Children

I have good news and bad news. Let me give you the bad news first. One out of every three (or 31.7 percent) of children aged two to 19 are overweight or obese in our country. This excess weight is medically costly, estimated at $3 billion dollars per year.In the future, these kids will have a greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  What’s more, recent studies have shown that childhood obesity more than doubles the risk of dying before age 55, which makes this the first generation in history to potentially die before their parents.Now let me give you the good news. Michelle Obama has a plan. In […]

Meal Time Food For Thought

I wrote a piece back on the film Food, Inc. that was printed in the Laguna Beach Independent.  I highly recommend the movie and I’ve included an excerpt of my article below (or click the link above for the whole thing)… I recently had the good fortune to see the Oscar-nominated documentary movie “Food, Inc.” for the second time. If you have not seen this film, you should. The director, Robert Kenner, exposes the negative side of America’s modern food production system. While the film does have some gut-wrenching slaughtering scenes and its share of critics, the movie is thought-provoking and worth your time. I was most impressed with the closing […]

My Feeding Philosophies

Welcome to MelanieSilverman.com where I share my feeding philosophies… A Customized Approach to Your Child’s Nutritional Health.   You can be sure that the advice I offer on how and what to feed your kids is supported by valid studies, clinical practice and most importantly, good common sense. Many people ask me what my basic feeding philosophies are on raising nutritionally healthy children.  I do not take this question lightly.  I have compiled these philosophies for over ten years and from hundreds of patients from all over the country, dozens of research articles and books on pediatric nutrition and conversations with the best and brightest in nutrition.  So here they are: […]