Promoting Good Nutrition for Children is Everyone's Job

Anyone who has cooked for or offered a food to a child has probably encountered a picky eater at some point.

Does it help if parents/caregivers remember these urges are a normal part of development?  Not really.  But the good news is that the "Era of Picky Eating" is a phase and it will end.  In the meantime, how can you navigate these tricky waters.

It's Not About the Food

Control issues abound in parenting and mealtimes are not exempt.  Our mood, level of hunger and variety of food on the plate are different each time we sit down together.  With all that variability comes the fact that if kids do not select healthy options, parents might stop offering them.

There are many reasons why good nutrition can fall by the wayside.  First and foremost, our food environment is awash in empty calories and our willpower can only handle so much.

Additionally, parents may lack time, money or the education needed to make healthy choices, emotions may direct food consumption, or parents may simply be stumped, out of options or steam.

What Parents Can Do

When it comes to your child's nutrition, what are you worried about?  That your child only eats one food?  Demands a treat as a reward for any task?  

Stay consistent. The feedback circuits that govern when we're hungry also regulate when we get sleepy.  So, if a child has an inconsistent sleep schedule, his/her eating habits can be affected as well.  For example, when mealtimes are later than usual, our internal clock will respond by pushing back when we're sleepy.  Conversely, shifting bed times will affect hunger.  By eating at the same time every day, you can help teach young bellies when it's time to eat, as well as when it's time to sleep.

Re-evaluate dinner.  To decrease stress, which can trigger food battles, think about eating earlier so a child may be better rested or plan "dinner" as a smaller meal that isn't as taxing to prepare.

Help children relate to food. Some experts suggest that when a child gets to choose between two parentally acceptable choices, the child feels more in control of the situation, leading to a smoother mealtime.  Also, some children are more interested in food they've helped to grow or choose from the grocery store.

Allow children to help prepare the meal. While the gourmet-inclined parent may shudder at the wild abandon of a child in the kitchen, involving children in meal preparation is an opportunity to transmit a love of cooking and food to the next generation.

How We Can Help

Use our authority.  Health care professionals can be another voice to help support your goals and reinforce good habits.  For example, we might say, "You know, Sally, your mom is right when she says candy isn't a healthy food."

Educating parents about healthy choices.  Educating you about what healthy foods are and how to quickly, easily, inexpensviely and deliciously preparing them may help you make better decisions about what your families eat.

Explaining how diet can affect children's bodies now and later in life.  When you understand these effects, you may be more likely to supply the foods needed for optimum growth and development.

Unless It Is About the Food

Even if you don't have a picky eater in the family, your efforts to provide nourishing food can get complicated.  It's easy to get confused by conflicting information on what's healthy or necessary in a daily diet and food choice can be related to religious or political beliefs, as well as hobbies, economic realities, or lifestyle.  It's a lot for parents and health care professionals to take on but with 48% of children in the United States weighing in at an above normal weight, addressing childhood nutrition is everone's job.

Find out what healthy eating barriers exist in your family.  Simply discovering how many servings of fruits and vewgetables family members consume per day or how often they eat outside of the home can point out places where incremental change can lead to big results.

Proper supplementation is another great option for families who need to bridge gaps in vital nutrients.  A supplemental shake may be a great way to provide whole food nutrients at breakfast.

Regardless of where you are at with your family's nutrition, we can help make it easier.

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing. Tagged as child nutrition, family nutrition, picky eater.

Recipe Corner - Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs

Perfect for a light summer dinner, this recipe is suitable for use during our Whole Body Purification (http://www.charlottenaturalhealing.com/services/whole-body-purification/) after Day 11.  Add color with garden vegetables such as peppers, onions and zucchini.  Bring the kabobs along as a dish to pass at your next summer barbecue, but if you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in advance.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinnless chicken breasts cut into 3/4" pieces

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.  Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix to coat with marinade.  Cover and refrgerate for 2-8 hours.

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for a tleast 20 minutes before use.  Prepare a medium fire in a grill.

Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and discard the excess marinade.  Lightly oil the grill grates.

Place the kabobs on the grill, cover and cook until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 8-12 minutes, turning once or twice during cooking.

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Whole Body Purification. Tagged as barbecue, chicken, kabob, Whole Body Purification.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

Posted in chiropracticChiropractic NewsSciaticasciatica treatmentUnderstanding Sciatica
  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.