Category Archives: Child Nutrition

Picky Eaters Ages 9 to 12

I was invited to blog for a company called Peas of Mind. Here is their website: They asked me to discuss how to deal with older picky eaters so that is what I did. Here is the link, but the article is available below for you to read. This was a fun assignment for me. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Those Picky Eaters… Ages 9-12 We get emails from parents all the time, and we love hearing from them! Our favorite customer emails are the success stories, like when a toddler who typically turns his nose up at steamed broccoli florets gobbles up Broccoli Veggie Wedgies, making dinnertime more enjoyable for the whole […]

Fruit Stands at Disneyland

My husband and I took the kids to Disneyland a few days ago. As we walked through the park I noticed fruit and nuts stands, but few people were in line to purchase the items. As you can imagine, the lines were lengthy for cotton candy, churros and snow cones.As we were leaving the park I walked up to one of the fruit and nut stands and had a conversation with the employee (Cast Member as they are called) about the specifics of the purchases. This nice man explained to me that his stand sold about two hundred pieces of fruit per day and on average, 15,000 people visited the […]

Thank You Tempt

Like I say in this letter, I don’t often write food companies to compliment them on a product, but this was worth a letter. I sent this to the company today.Have you tried hemp milk? Don’t be afraid. Just try it. Yes, it takes some getting use to, but it is pleasant, nutritious and a nice alternative to cow’s milk. The most important advice I can give to all my clients is to eat a wide variety of foods. Hemp milk fits into that variety. ______________________________________________________________________________________December 28th, 2010Living Harvest Foods Inc. P.O. Box 4407 Portland, Oregon 97208 To All Of You, I poured some of your unsweetened vanilla flavored hemp […]

Breastfeeding Help

A woman called me yesterday on behalf of her sister who had just had twins. She was looking for a lactation consultant to come to her sister’s house. I wanted to treat this mother, but I could not physically leave because my city was flooded from horrible rains and streets were closed. I referred this woman to other lactation consultants in the area and explained that she MUST find someone she connected with and really liked over the phone for her sister. If I have learned anything about breastfeeding over the past ten years its that when a women needs help she must find GOOD SOLID SUPPORT. A woman must […]

My Mom and the Gummy Bears

My mother is so patient with me. For years she has listened to me loudly voice my concerns about the nutritional health of American children and what needs to happen to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Last year, one of my holiday gifts to her was a subscription to Nutrition Action Newsletter, which, by the way, is one of the best sources of reputable nutrition information around. I think our discussions and this newsletter are starting to affect her, but in a good way.Recently my mom was at a local pharmacy checking out and the check out lady asked her if she would like to donate money towards the purchase […]

Catering to Tots

A version of this article was recently published in my local paper, The Laguna Beach Independent. I was glad to see it. __________________________________________________________________Catering To TotsThere was an article in the L.A. Times on November 6th, 2010 about celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wanting to take his Food Revolution show to the Los Angeles school district to improve lunch. I could not believe it; they turned him down! Melissa Infusino, the director of partnerships in the superintendent’s office said, “Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities.”Maybe Ms. Infusino isn’t a reality television fan. After all, cameras are big, bulky and personally invasive and her […]

Bexley’s Nutritional Status

I grew up in a small town called Bexley, Ohio. My mom forwarded me a community newsletter detailing the positive changes the food service director had made for students in the cafeteria. I was impressed and wanted to comment further. So…I wrote a letter to the editor at the Bexley News. Here is what I said:To the Editor,As a pediatric registered dietitian in Laguna Beach, California and proud graduate of Bexley High School, class of 1990, I want to applaud the efforts of James Anderson, Bexley Schools’ Food Services Director, for the healthier food he is providing in the cafeterias for students (Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds in Checkpoints for our […]

Eating Intuition

I had a latte with Evelyn Tribole a few Fridays ago. Let me put this into perspective for you. This is like being a die hard Star Wars fan and having coffee with George Lucas. For a dietitian, this latte was a big deal.In the mid-1990s when I was studying nutrition I picked up a book Evelyn wrote with Elyse Resch called Intuitive Eating. At the time, I was interested in adult weight loss and wanted to begin work in a hospital setting and then start a private practice focused on the issue. At school I was good at designing the perfect calorie controlled diet to help any person lose […]

General Mills Response

I wrote a letter to the CEO of General Mills, Kendall J. Powell, asking him to remove Trix, Monsters and Lucky Charms cereals from their product line. You can find the original letter posted at this blog entitled DEAR GENERAL MILLS. Below is the response from the company to me. I welcome and appreciate your comments on their response._____________________________________________________________ Dear ADA Member,As a long-time sponsor of the American Dietetic Association, we thought you may be interested to see the summary of our 2010 General Mills Corporate Social Responsibility report. It provides a quick snapshot of the progress we’ve made over the past year to live our mission of Nourishing Lives […]