Ooo, baby, baby

toddlermelonPIXA professional nutrition group chat the other day was on healthy recipes for toddlers. I followed the suggested link mostly because it had absolutely the cutest name. SO DISAPPOINTING I won’t be sharing the site.

The recipes wouldn’t have been SO bad if you had a full time cook on staff. The recipes make cooking a meal a day long activity! Why do we make life so hard?

Toddlers should be eating what the rest of the family eats. If your diet isn’t healthy enough for that 2 year old, change your own diet – not his!

The goal at this impressionable age is expanding your child’s palate. While you might as well skip the broccoli for the littlest of guys, offering up carrots (raw, steamed, oven roasted) helps your child learn new tastes and textures.

Understand that a child, like you, won’t be thrilled initially with an unfamiliar food. Have patience with food introduction just as you do with other lessons you’re teaching. Repetition and a good attitude on your part (which means eating the same food with enthusiasm) helps your child.

The site’s second disastrous recommendation was to buy toddler food pouches. Ridiculous! Babies are born knowing how to suck, so pouches teach nothing. At this tender age we’re trying to exercise the muscles of the mouth to be able to swallow semi-solid masses. That, in turn, gets your child ready to babble!

Your child is learning small motor control; what better practice than holding a spoon or a food?

While a pouch is convenient, the message you’re sending is we’re too busy to sit down and enjoy our food. We’ll eat in the car!

Finally, these pouches combine foods; one was carrots, apples and parsnips. So you’ll be teaching your child nothing about taste, color or texture of any of those three foods while highlighting that adding sugar to anything improves the taste!

Enjoy food along with your toddler. Give them a seat, a spoon and a single food to be well.


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Waiting at the BMV

linePIXA survey conducted by Parade magazine and the Cleveland Clinic found that one-fifth of the people questioned would prefer standing in line at the BMV than exercising. What? Several problems jump out.

First, despite the Bureau of Motor Vehicles being a government agency and therefore inherently inefficient, find yourself a new BMV location. I swear, I’ve got a spot where the wait is never more than 15 minutes. For obvious reasons I can’t tell you that location…

Secondly, if we asked that same group of people to become more ACTIVE, would we get that same 20% asking for the BMV wait?

Sometimes our vocabulary gets in the way of good health. EXERCISE sounds like a change of clothing, sweating and a LOT of work. Being more active means walking the dog, washing your car, standing while talking on the phone instead of sitting, parking a bit farther away. No change of clothes (OK, washing the car but not my other examples), no or minimal sweating, no real work. With some thought, couldn’t we all become more active?

We should also distinguish “active” from “busy”. Meetings, phone calls, texts, emails, appointments, presentations and carpool can keep us very busy and exhausted at the end of the day, but not necessarily active.

And third, while we love exercise for lots of reasons (heart and lung health, balance, flexibility, strength and muscle tone to name a few), exercise is not great for burning calories. We’ve been confirming the math of weight loss in our class. Want to lose weight? Get active. And decrease your calorie intake. Sorry to be the one to break that news.

Think through each day of the week and find times you can become more active to be well and find a new BMV,


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