…Bread by Norah Dooley Where Does Food Come From? by Gary Goss I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World by Beatrice Hollyer By reading books about food, you can continue shaping a love of healthy eating even while your little one’s tastes go through different phases. Looking for more ideas and recipes? Join the “Starting Solids 101” program for expectant m…

I buy almost all of my produce at the farmers market. It’s the only place I shop on a weekly basis. There are so many benefits that come from this direct producer-to-consumer arrangement.  Here are some of the things I love most about the farmers market. Price. The organic produce I buy at my farmers market is the cheapest organic produce I can buy.   If you are trying to figure out how to make eating organic more affordable, this is one of my…

…going on. If the node remains enlarged (greater than 1cm) for 2 to 3 months, or continues to grow after 2 weeks, then a biopsy of the lymph node may be indicated, unless the physical exam and lab tests are convincingly reassuring. At least half of the time, a biopsy does not reveal a definite cause for the enlargement, but the biopsy can rule out cancer and other serious problems. Shelley, you bring to this situation your love as a mother, your d…

…out the health risks associated with both materials.  Aluminum is reactive and foods cooked in it can react with the metal to form aluminum salts associated with impaired visual motor coordination and Alzheimer’s disease, although there is no definite link proven.  Non-stick finishes like Teflon and Silverstone scratch easily and may release little bits of inert plastic into the food when cooked. They told us that when cooking with aluminum…

Most recipes for baked beans use pork for flavor and long slow cooking to thicken the sauce. After talking about the physics of baking with my Taster, who is an engineer as well as a patient man, I tried to capture the creamy richness of baked beans faster and with less work. The quick and easy recipe below makes beans every bit as tasty as the ones I grew up with, using equal parts peanut butter and tahini instead of pork and a slow cooker ins…

…formation. From reliable sources. Consider associated factors. Weigh carefully. Yes, I originally meant to teach them to consult the Harvard School of Public Health nutrition guidelines to help make good choices for a balanced diet. But as they prepare to head off on their own – with so many important decisions to be made every day – I’m hoping they’ll see the connection. 2. They learned to cook. Since my commitment to scratch cooking

267,000 women die each year from heart attacks — six times as many as breast cancer. The good news is, you can tilt the odds in your favor. Click here to see the #1 and #2 things you can do. Click here to see #3 and #4. On to #5, #6 and #7: 5.  Obesity Are you overweight? Well, if you are, you’re increasing your risk for heart disease. In fact, if you have fat around your belly, that’s a major concern. That belly fat (or abdominal obesity…

“Women need to learn about the prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment of heart disease just as much as men do. There is a lot of publicity about breast cancer and fear of this disease gets women to be proactive with the recommendations for surveillance and management. But coronary artery disease is still the #1 killer in women” says Christina Birch, RN, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner at Berkeley Cardiovascular Medical Group, Berkeley, CA….

…salad, cut up fruit and a few other easy items and pack it up and take it out back or to the park King or Queen for a Meal or Throw a Royal Feast- Let your kids wear a special hat and give them a few healthy meal choices to pick for their royal treatment and add a special royal treat at the end. Opposite or Reverse Day– Why not serve breakfast at dinner-time? Kids love to do something different and special, so make breakfast at the end of the da…

…y tummy hurt.” Listen to her. Is she being stubborn or could she possibility have a food allergy to something in the sandwich? If your child is not verbal yet, listen to what he is saying nonverbally. Is he pushing away from the table? Is he covering his mouth or turning his head? Is he grabbing the spoon and shoveling it into his mouth happily? Listen to his cues and respect his wishes. 3. Love Parents often show their love for their children th…

There are nine major risk factors that impact heart disease. The good news?  There’s something you can do about each one to help prevent heart disease. Yesterday we talked about smoking and cholesterol. Today, number 3 and four on the list: 3.  High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood press…

…0 women die each year from heart attacks — six times as many women as breast cancer. A large study, called the INTERHEART Study, showed that there are nine major risk factors that account for heart attacks. The good news that came out of this study — heart disease is preventable. Over the next few days, we’ll look at those nine factors and how you can love your heart and live longer. 1.  Smoking Ladies, one of the best things you can…

Parenting is the most important and rewarding part of life.  We have the divine opportunity to teach love, confidence, compassion, discipline and responsibility to another person. We will know what kind of parent we are by how we see our children get along, succeed and interact in the world. When love is the foundation of parenting we raise goal-driven children, rather than entitled children. If we love our children we mentor and discipline them…

Discipline is the key to raising functional happy children. What this means is that parents need to, first and foremost, be disciplined themselves. If a parent isn’t disciplined there is no chance of disciplining their children correctly. Discipline should come from natural consequences, or the law of cause and effect. It should not come from induced fear, humiliation, shame, yelling or any form of physical or emotional coercion. Children who ha…

…oat milk called oligosaccharides have been shown to reduce intestinal inflammation, promote healing, and promote the growth of favorable bacteria.[2] When combined with a healthy diet, goat milk is a great source of nutrition and prevention. That’s why I confidently recommend it for children. Has your little one tried goat milk? We’d love to hear all about it in the comment section below! [1] Díaz-Castro J, Ramírez López-Frías M, Campos MS, L…

…t me like I’m your wife! Dad: How many times have I told you, don’t make me choose! In a stepfamily, even though the new couple may be very much in love, the hard-wired, pre-existing attachments lie between parents and their children. So do the established agreements about everything from whether Grape Nuts is a breakfast food, or a form of cardboard, to the “appropriate” price for a new pair of sneakers. This means that every time a child enters…

…ur readers may not celebrate Christmas, but the general principles outlined below can be applied to any holiday. The specific activities will, of course, be different, but that is what gives us rich cultural diversity.) Make a list of all the things you would love to do this holiday season. Go ahead and dream big. (Since you mentioned that you were short on ideas, I’ve included some possibilities for your list). Now, prioritize. If you coul…

…, stay true to yourself and what you want out of a partner. A relationship is about both parties staying true to themselves while caring for each other. One of the reasons that divorce is so common among adults is that both people in the marriage didn’t learn these lessons as teenagers. All too often, one of the individuals in the relationship attempts to give up things that are important in order to gain the other’s love. As time goes by,…

…to save money, be greener and healthier, be self-sufficient and feel like a superwoman. Suddenly keeping up with the Joneses feels more like keeping up with the Amish, even on the Upper East Side! But what if you are utterly terrified by the idea of canning? This little series will offer a how-to guide for even the most clueless urban dweller. Learn how to take advantage of cheap, simple self-sufficiency even if you can’t keep a houseplant alive….