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Making Healthy Choices for the Whole Family {Podcast}

Is making health conscious decisions for your family something you struggle with?  Are you not sure where to even start?  In this podcast you will learn tips on making healthy choices for the whole family.

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Suzanne Farrell is a registered dietitian, nutrition consultant, speaker, and the owner of Cherry Creek Nutrition.   She is the nutrition coach for KWGN CW2′s Daybreak and former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Colorado Dietetic Association. She has worked with a variety of media outlets including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, Prevention, Self, and Shape.   Suzanne’s passion is to share nutrition knowledge and experience in order to help others make practical, personalized, and doable lifestyle changes.   Her philosophy is to combine nutrition science with the art of living a healthy and happy life!

Various fad diets come and go and Suzanne specializes in helping others discover a way of eating that is truly right for them. There is definitely no one-size-fits-all diet. Whether it’s one on one counseling, working with families, or nutrition seminars, her goal is to spark enthusiasm about food and nutrition to live optimally. As a mom of two, she loves discovering and creating deliciously quick and healthy ways of eating and meal planning. Suzanne truly understands the challenges of not just knowing what to eat for optimal health, but how to do it.

One of the things I loved about today’s podcast is that Suzanne explains how to make sure our kids are getting enough nutrition. She also gives us some very practical suggestions we can apply immediately.

She talks about small changes you make to control portion sizes and calories and how to pack nutrition into kids’ meals. Suzanne also discusses portion sizes for different ages and healthy sources of protein for breakfast.

Suzanne tells us about whole grains in our diets. Is it really important to eat brown rice instead of white? How do we get enough whole grains into our kids? She talks about the many ways to get enough fiber in their diet besides whole wheat bread and brown rice. She also discusses the pros and cons of fruit juice and whether it can add to a child’s nutrition.

Finally Suzanne shares information about her 4 week program, 4 weeks to peaceful meals and healthy eaters – even when you are not around. Suzanne created this program because she knows that guides with practical, doable tips mapped out can be really helpful. You don’t want to miss this information!

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Teaching Your Kids Healthy Eating Habits (Podcast)

Are you struggling to get your kids to try new foods? Do you find yourself negotiating at the table? Teaching your kids healthy eating habits doesn’t have to be hard. In today’s podcast, Dr. Dina Rose, author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating, explains how we can teach our children to love a variety of foods and create rules for happier family meals.

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Dina Rose, PhD, is a sociologist, parent educator, and feeding expert. She is an author, writes for her blog, It’s Not About Nutrition, for The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Her work has been featured on TV, radio, and in both print and online news resources such as Fox News Boston, NBC Connecticut News, Martha Stewart Radio, HuffPost Live, Sound Medicine, Health Talk Wisconsin, Good Parenting Radio, Babble, The Globe & Mail, Mamapedia, Parenting Magazine, and Spirituality & Health.

I’m super excited to have Dina on the show because she gives us examples of how we can teach our kids habits for a lifetime of healthy eating. This show is jam-packed with information and practical ideas. You won’t want to miss it.

Shaping children’s mindset about food is an important theme in this podcast, and Dina gives us a great framework for reshaping our children’s and our ideas about food. Dina and I start by discussing whether restaurant kids’ menus and labeling items as “kid food” is a good thing or a bad thing and how it could influence their perception of food.

Many parents worry about whether their kids get enough variety in their diet. They feel like they need to frequently introduce new foods. Dina talks about using what she calls the rotation method to introduce variety into our kids’ diet—and you’ll want to hear this because it’s probably not what you think! Thinking outside the mealtime box is an important component of this method.

She also talks about establishing some household rules about eating zones, sticking to those rules, and how that can reduce mealtime stress. How do we find balance between being the food police or throwing our hands up in despair to avoid control issues over food? Dina has lots of wonderful information about this, and so much more, using her three most important habits to establish: proportion, variety, and moderation.

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Constipation and Congestion in Your Kids (Podcast)

Did you know that there is more to constipation than “not getting enough fiber” and a lot more to constant sinus congestion than “seasonal allergies”?  If you’re struggling with constipation and congestion in your kids, this is a podcast you won’t want to miss.

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If you’ve heard both of these or other similar phrases from medical professionals and wondered what else you can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms or even eradicate them completely, you are going to love today’s podcast. While we focused on gut health primarily, because the gut is the center of most autoimmune and inflammatory responses, once Wendi and I began chatting, we covered a lot more than just the gut!

You probably already know that my two boys suffer from food sensitivities, one from dairy and the other gluten. In both cases, I took matters into my own hands and made the decision to change their diets, despite their pediatrician assuring me that one had common allergies and the other had chronic constipation, both being “very normal” among kids.

The changes in their health, behavior, and other symptoms have been noteworthy, and when the culprit ingredient sneaks in, I’m able to see the effect on my children right away.

Today, I’m delighted to talk with Wendi Combs. Wendi is a nurse and health practitioner at Jubilee Health, a private practice in the Atlanta area.

She is a mom of two girls, a pediatric nurse for more than 20 years, and a passionate advocate to help kids thrive. She helps parents in the journey of wellness for their children. From runny noses to autism, she loves helping parents find a more holistic approach to caring for their family.

Her journey began when her daughters, Ansley and Lucy, experienced health issues at an early age. Through that, she discovered the beauty and effectiveness of natural remedies, and she became very passionate about guiding others who want to be a part of treating issues in children with a more holistic approach.

If you’ve always wondered how many of us cure our children with food, in today’s podcast, you’ll learn tips on how to take the first few steps yourself.

For more information about Wendi’s practice or to book an appointment online with her, visit Jubilee Health.org.

This book: Cure Your Child with Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments is a must-buy. If your child is suffering from chronic autoimmune, allergies, food intolerances, and other diseases, this book will change your (child’s) life.

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Time Saving Tips to Make Meal Making Easier

Time-Saving Tips to Make Meal-Making Easier (Podcast)

Do you find yourself not having enough time to make meals for your family? If you answered yes, this is for you! In this podcast, Aviva gives some great time-saving tips to make meal-making easier.

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Listen to The Six O’Clock Scramble: Time-Saving Tips to Make Mealtime Easier on iTunes or Stitcher.

Aviva is a family dinner expert and the founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble. She is a Today Show contributor and frequently appears in media such as The Katie Show, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Real Simple, Working Mother, Prevention, and more.

Aviva is the author of two cookbooks: The Six O’Clock Scramble Cookbook and SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families. She is a mother of two and great at all things dinner!

If you are tired of worrying about what to make for dinner, you can try 2 FREE weeks of Aviva’s dinner-planner solution! The Scramble gives thousands of families a ready-made, healthy, and seasonal dinner plan for the week that is also customizable! The plan includes side dishes and a grocery list, and it’s conveniently sent to your inbox or phone for a few dollars per month.

Aviva and I had a wonderful, fun, and informative discussion about all sorts of things, including our favorite kitchen gadgets—ones that actually help in the kitchen! She tells us what inspired her to create The Six O’Clock Scramble 11 year ago, and what she does to help reduce her own kitchen stress. Aviva has looked at research showing just how much time and money you can save by planning meals. The numbers will astonish you!

Aviva gives us some ideas about how to encourage kids to try something new, and even to try something they’d previously said they didn’t like. She also shares ideas about how to plan and cook for a family of just one or two people.

Are you tired of trying to do it all, all by yourself? Learn to delegate! Aviva talks about lots of different ways to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen and to get folks of every age to pitch in. Finally, Aviva tells us how teaching our kids gratitude fits in with our overall strategies to feed our family well.

Some of the things we discussed on the show:

  • Vegetti: Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  • Lemon & Lime Squeezers
  • Bread Makers
  • A slow cooker/crockpot (you can set a timer)

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Fun Ways to Boost Our Kids’ Food Variety (Podcast)

Are you looking for ways to add variety to your kids’ meals? Maybe even something a little more exciting? In this podcast, Jennifer Tyler Lee talks about fun ways to boost our kids’ food variety that work.

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A mom of two, Jennifer Tyler Lee is the author of The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year and the creator of the award-winning series of healthy-eating games, Crunch a Color. Her family cooking adventures have been featured by Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, Laurie David, Pottery Barn Kids, and Whole Foods.

She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a regular contributor to the James Beard award-winning magazine, Edible. Tune in to her delicious recipes and weekly tips at 52NewFoods.com.

In today’s podcast, you’ll love that Jennifer understands how difficult it can be to introduce new foods to our kids. She also provides suggestions on how to make food interesting and fun for them.

Her game, Crunch a Color, was born out of a desire to help her own children enjoy and have fun trying new foods. It’s a card game where kids earn points for eating a balanced and colorful meal, and they get bonus points for trying new foods and having good manners.

We know what to do. We know how to make healthy meals. But how do we get the kids to eat the foods we make? Jennifer has some really specific ideas on how to make that happen. She explains that cuing into what motivates your child goes a long way toward encouraging them to try new foods and to want to eat healthy meals, and that exploring new foods doesn’t start with cooking them.

Lots of people worry that buying fresh fruits and vegetables is more expensive than buying processed food. Jennifer says it doesn’t have to be, and tells us why. One of her brilliant suggestions is to “merchandise” our refrigerators, and she explains what that means and how to do it.

She also tells us how she made small steps toward moving away from packaged foods by replacing one thing at a time with homemade versions. She reminds us that taking small steps paves the way for big changes. Jennifer mentioned a few recipes she developed that she is particularly excited about. Those recipes, along with many others, are available in a full-color e-book bonus that you get when you pre-order her book, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year.

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