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  Today is part II in a series about how we shape our children’s eating habits. For years, we have been blaming our children’s expanding waistline on fast food restaurants, advertisements on TV, sugary beverages and increased screen time. And while all of these factors are indeed culprits, parents and caregivers have an integral role...
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I recently heard Mark Fenton speak at an event in Boise. His life mission is building environmental infrastructures that encourage physical activity in communities. His data shows that education, coaching and similar influences motivate individuals to stick to a fitness plan for about six months, at which point compliance drops off. He believes community infrastructure,...
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I just finished teaching a six-week course at Anser Charter School entitled the Great Veggie Challenge. After planting potatoes, touring organic markets and preparing a whole host of vegetables at my house, we celebrated by visiting Peaceful Belly to harvest vegetables and cook for parents.  Just the other day, Luke told me that his last day...
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For six weeks, I am teaching a course at Anser Charter School in Boise called the Great Veggie Challenge for students in grades 1-3. The course description starts by saying: Are you ready to take the challenge and prove to yourself and your parents that you can eat – and actually like – vegetables? During...
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I have made a conscious effort to go meatless on Mondays. In fact, I try to hold the beef on other nights of the week, too. Many friends have told me they are trying to do the same. The challenge we all face: If your family moans and groans at the mere mention of a...
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This weekend, my son, Luke, turned to me and said, “Mom, I wish I could invent a health-o-meter, a machine where you could input a DK Donut and something healthy would come out.” Though he might make millions if he could invent this sort of contraption, I’m not sure what a donut transformation might look...
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I always say I’m a lucky mom for many reasons – among these, Luke is a very even-keeled boy. Not too moody. Generally happy. He laughs a lot and is fun to be around, unless he doesn’t get enough sleep or hasn’t eaten in a long time. Part of his disposition I can safely attribute...
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Pizza might not be a vegetable, despite some governmental confusion a while back, but there are healthy ways to prepare this special treat without loading up on fat and calories. Pizza is also a great meal to eat before a long run or other athletic endeavor, especially if you load it up with veggies. Another...
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What foods do you crave? My biggest weakness is Kettle Chips Salt ‘N Vinegar potato chips. And select desserts like gooey chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sheet cake, lemon icebox pie and all-time favorite, bread pudding with some sort of rich, creamy sauce on top. Psychology Today tells us that Americas most often crave pizza, ice-cream...
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There was a rumor recently that Congress passed legislation which allowed pizza to be designated a vegetable. My reaction spanned the following emotions: Great – our highly efficient and productive legislators are now deciding what my child should eat at school. I can’t wait to take a side of pizza to a dinner party as...
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