Thursday, March 31, 2016

This one doesn't quite go with the last family/food book I read, but there are some common things like having variety available to our kids.  She also emphasizes all three macronutrient areas available with each snack offered too.  (Our snacks usually only have two of the three when I think about it.)  Her patients come to her for various reasons, so helping kids grow up healthy/strong is just part of it.  She's also dealing with people who are harming themselves with bulimia etc.  So her all around message is that of plenty and to get off the diet wagon.  It is startling that no research backs up dieting as any sort of sustainable health approach.  Doctors still suggest it because they'd still rather see us losing (even if we're gaining back more each time).  Interesting things to think about.  I didn't care for the recipes she gives, but her take on psychology and eating was very instructive.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

a couple of books

Getting to Yum was terrific--very helpful.  I read her first book "French Kids Eat Everything," which was also a very good book.  This one is even better though--it is less memoir and more how-to.  She elaborates on her idea of the children "tasting" everything at every meal and makes a way for them to spit it out politely.  That one might be easier than what we tried where the "polite bite" was always swallowed.  That created tears, pangs, near vomit etc. so I can definitely go with this way more easily.

She puts the emphasis on food training and how to do that.  She also introduces some clever games.  She had so many practical suggestions too, and the back of the book is a large group of recipes by food/veg.  We'll try having courses this time along with some of her games this Summer.
I recently discovered Katy Bowman's site and some of her books.  Her perspective and adjustments are so needed!  The one I just finished was Don't Just Sit There.  You might have hear things like "sitting is the new smoking;" and while she sees some wisdom in that, it's more about variety than one particular type of movement.  The book is very specific in terms of aligned standing, helpful was to sit, good stretches, ideas for work station variety etc.  Her site has tons of short videos and articles--plenty to keep us busy before we ever look into her books.  (I'm particularly working on pelvic list and engaging the outer thighs when I walk.)