Recipes Created by My Hubby and Me
My husband recently “retired” from his full-time job. He is a professional cook and I am a dietitian. We work well together and we are whipping up yummy, good-for-you, kid-friendly recipes as I speak! We have had a lot of practice thanks to our 13-year-old son, Nathan, who tests our boundaries all the time!
Is Your Child a Picky Eater?
Does your child eat less than 10 different foods, or are the foods that she does eat mostly white? Is your child unwilling to let foods touch on the same plate or unable to tolerate combination foods such as casseroles?
These things are a lot more common than most people realize!
Our son, Nathan, is a picky eater. He is allergic to peanuts and is intolerant to other nuts, including cashews. Also, Nathan has texture issues with foods and has since he was six months old.
As Nathan has grown, there have been a lot of food issues. There have been times when he only wanted to eat macaroni and cheese. He doesn’t eat most combination foods, and he complains loudly when we try to put more than two foods on the same plate. He eats a lot more foods than he used to, but it’s still hit or miss with many other foods. Though not as picky as he used to be, he is still highly suspicious of foods he doesn’t recognize.
This limiting of foods has taught us to be creative
Because of all the struggles with food, going all the way back to birth, It has been really frustrating at times.
I worked with young children and their moms at WIC (Women, Infant, and Children Program) prior to having my one and only child. So, I was feeling really stupid at times. It wasn’t supposed to so difficult getting my son to eat the “right” foods, such as brown rice and bean burritos–I had counseled other women on how to get their picky kids to eat.
Do you have it all figured out?
We don’t! But we have learned a lot and are looking forward to sharing our experience with you to help make your life around the table easier. I know that together we can help our kids eat their way to happier, healthier lives.
Does Your Son or Daughter Like to Exercise?
From the wheelchair bound handicapped child to the elderly adult who is struggling to maintain independence.
EXERCISE IS THERAPY
Though it certainly is not easy, it is important that our kids get some exercise (or activity) most days. I’m sure you’ve noticed that when your kids have been active, they are much more calm and focused. And when we exercise as parents, we are more calm and focused as well.
I am currently working on routines and pointers to help encourage you and your family to get more active. Two of my latest posts are on “Why Exercise Beats the Winter Blues.” and “How to Motivate Your Kid to Exercise.”
I also put together some of my favorite FREE apps for diet and exercise. Click here to check it out.
Other things you can expect to see if you stick around are
- Educational materials for all ages as well as special education resources.
- Articles on origins, i.e. creation vs evolution as the subject.
- Various crafts, including cards, bookmarks, and other goodies
- Lots of holiday related stuff including unit studies on St. Patrick and Easter.
There is a ton of good stuff coming your way. And you don’t want to miss it.
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Deborah Hanyon has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for nearly 20 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Foods and Nutrition from CSU, San Bernardino in 1996, and her MPH from Loma Linda University in 1999. She worked for several years for the Women, Infant and Children Program in San Bernardino, California. Deborah tutored at-risk and special education youth for several years in California, and also has experience working with the elderly in long-term care. She is an American Council on Fitness (ACE) Certified Health Coach.