Recommended Reading: The Body Book

I’m usually not a huge fan of celebrity books. Mostly because I feel that they get a lot of hype simply because of the celebrity and not necessarily because the book has much in the way of context. I was pleasantly surprised, however when I got done listening to Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, The Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body.

The Body Book is about Diaz’s journey from living the typical life of convenience and mindless eating to discovering real nutrition, her own strength and embracing her body through it all. Read more

Five Tips for Clear Skin

Changing my diet was the cure to my adult acne problems. Prior to this, I was eating a standard American diet. Therefore, figuring out what healthy eating consisted of was not easy. There is so much conflicting information out there about food. What it really came down to for me was trial and error – listening to my body and how it reacted to the food I ate.

Everyone is different and therefore food will affect everyone differently. The following five tips however, are general enough that if you are suffering from acne and incorporate these tips into your life, you will likely discover the acne cure you have been looking for. Read more

Adult Acne: How Food Transformed My Biggest Insecurity

Food has transformed my life. When I say this aloud it sounds a bit strange, but it is no exaggeration. From making me realize what is truly important to feeling the healthiest I have ever felt in all of my life, real food is truly powerful. Some of the changes that occurred when I changed the way I ate were expected – the lost of pregnancy weight and healthier eating habits. What I didn’t expect was that my new diet would eventually heal my adult acne. Read more

Unhealthy Adults are made from Unhealthy Children

Most of us don’t want to believe that food and health go hand in hand. I know I didn’t want to. Yet, when we see someone who is grossly overweight or extremely unhealthy we automatically assume that he or she eats too much. In other words, we believe that his or her weight and health issues are directly related to their food consumption. Alternatively, some believe that these people are simply too lazy to take care of themselves.

Both of these assumptions could not be further from the truth. People do not just wake up one day and appear obese. The weight gain is a result of years and years of unhealthy eating and living which primarily starts in, you guessed it, childhood. This is the reason why I am so passionate about feeding children properly. Read more

Learning About Real Food Through Lunch

As a society we have become so disconnected with our ability to identify and eat real food. It is no wonder that despite our advances in technology and medicine we continue to face a host of illnesses and diseases. What I have learned through my food journey, is that the industrial food revolution has made food such a complicated matter. With most “foods” found in grocery stores containing 10 ingredients or more, most of which are unrecognizable to the average person, it’s no wonder children (and adults) today have such a skewed view of what actual food is.

In Sarah Wu’s Fed Up With Lunch, she stresses the power of lunchtime as a time to learn. Wu states that “By ignoring lunchtime as a legitimate learning opportunity, Americans are paying a cost. We don’t know good food, we can’t prepare meals ourselves, and our health is suffering.” Read more

Recommended Reading: Fed Up With Lunch

Most of us ate school lunch at one time or another in our lives. Some of us may have fond memories of the meals we ate in our youth and some may have horror stories. No matter which group you belong to, could you imagine eating school lunch everyday as an adult? In Fed Up With Lunch: How One Anonymous Teacher Revealed the Truth About School Lunches and How we can Change Them, that’s exactly what author Sarah Wu (aka Mrs. Q) did. Read more

Schools, Companies & Organizations who are Changing School Lunch

Despite the recent relaxation of school nutrition standards granted by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, I am hopeful that states and schools will still strive to follow higher standards.

Things never work as one intends when the motive comes from a place of fear. Operating from fear that our children will starve unless we give them processed, sodium-filled, sugar-laden meals is not the answer. This will only mold their taste buds to crave more of these things as they get older.

Since the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was put into place in 2010, many schools and organizations have made tremendous strides to change school lunch. Food has the power to transform lives. I have seen it first hand in my own life and in my children. With that said, here are some schools and organizations that are positively changing the way we feed the next generation.   Read more

Relaxing School Lunch Standards: My Thoughts

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Earlier this month, Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, signed a proclamation, relaxing school lunch standards in relation to whole grains, salt and milk. After watching Perdue’s video regarding the changes and reading the actual proclamation, I am appalled. My blood boils thinking about the subject.

The good that can be taken from all of this is that according to the proclamation, it is still up to each state and each school as to whether they actually relax the standards or not. I would hope that with enough parents pushing for better nutrition in school lunches, Perdue’s standards won’t actually go into effect.

With that said, here are my top three issues with the reasoning behind and the changes themselves. Read more

Recommended Reading: The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook

If I had to anything over in the way I have raised my kids so far it would be to introduce them to food through baby-led weaning (BLW) instead of through purees and mushy food. With Kuya I had never even heard of BLW and every mom I knew started with purees. With Sissy Boo I had planned on doing BLW, however she was ready to start right around the time of our cross country move and therefore it just wasn’t convenient.

However, with most things, it’s almost always better late than never. This is the case with BLW. Around the time Sissy Boo turned 11 months I decided I wouldn’t put baby-led weaning off anymore. I watched YouTube videos to learn more and I was amazed at how good these BLW babies were. One YouTube mom recommended reading The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook by Gil Rapley and Tracey Murkett, so I did. For all of new and expecting moms I would also highly recommend reading this book and following BLW instead of traditional baby food. Read more

Five Healthy Foods My Picky Eater Loves

Kuya’s picky eating habits used to be the source of a lot of frustration in our house. Now, instead of seeing his pickiness as a detriment I take it as a challenge to discover what he will eat. I also try to create dishes so tasty that he doesn’t realize he’s eating something healthy and wholesome.

There are plenty of foods that are still on Kuya’s “will not touch or eat” list. However, I am confident that with time and continual reintroduction of the same foods, the scale will begin to tip in our favor. It already has.

If you have a picky eater, and you want him or her to develop the habit of eating well at a young age, these five foods may be a good place to start. I believe that I have one of the pickiest eaters. So, if he’s willing to eat these foods, chances are that your child may find these healthy options delicious as well. Read more