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Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School

Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School

Jill Castle, Maryann Jacobsen

ISBN: 978-1-118-30859-2 April 2013 Jossey-Bass 432 Pages


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An essential guide to understanding and improving any child's eating habits

This comprehensive nutrition guide gives parents the tools for encouraging kids of any age on the path to healthy eating. Pediatric nutrition experts Castle and Jacobsen simplify nutrition information, describe how children's eating habits correspond to their stage of development, provide step-by-step feeding guidance, and show parents how to relax about feeding their kids and get healthy meals on the table fast.

  • Prepares parents by explaining what to expect at different stages of growth, whether it be picky eating, growth spurts or poor body image
  • Helps parents work through problems such as food allergies, nutrient deficiencies and weight management, and identifying if and when they need to seek professional help
  • Empowers parents to take a whole-family approach to feeding including maximizing their own health and well-being
  • Offers fun, easy recipes parents can make for, and with, kids

Fearless Feeding translates complicated nutrition advice into simple feeding plans for every age and stage that take the fear out of feeding kids.

Foreword by Brian Wansink xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Meet Jill Castle 2

Meet Maryann Jacobsen 4

How Fear Brought Us Together 5

Fearless Feeding as the Solution 7

How to Use Th is Book 11

1 The Fearless Feeding Strategy 13

Take the Long-Term View 14

Fundamental 1: WHAT to Feed Your Child 15

Fundamental 2: HOW to Feed Your Child 19

Fundamental 3: WHY Your Child Behaves That Way 26

Putting It All Together 28

2 Fearless Feeding for Your Infant and Young Toddler (Six to Twenty-Four Months) 31

Nutrition in Practice: The Nutrient-Rich Diet 31

Feeding with Confi dence: The Honeymoon Period 49

Real Life Challenges for Infants and Young Toddlers 65

Real, Easy Recipes for Infants and Young Toddlers 72

3 Fearless Feeding for Your Toddler and Preschooler (Two to Five Years) 83

Nutrition in Practice: Fitting It All In 83

Feeding with Confidence: The Self-Control Struggle 104

Real Life Challenges for Toddlers and Preschoolers 119

Real, Easy Recipes for Toddlers and Preschoolers 126

4 Fearless Feeding for Your School-Age Child (Six to Twelve Years) 137

Nutrition in Practice: Navigating the Outside World 137

Feeding with Confi dence: Family Meals Matter 156

Real Life Challenges for School-Age Children 172

Real, Easy Recipes for School-Age Children 179

5 Fearless Feeding for Your Teenager (Thirteen to Eighteen Years) 189

Nutrition in Practice: Hazardous Nutrition 189

Feeding with Confidence: Get Them to the Table 212

Real Life Challenges for Teens 230

Real, Easy Recipes for Teens 236

6 The Parent Trap: How to Break Free from Your Food History and Attitudes 247

Common Feeding Traps 248

Understanding Your WHY 251

Becoming a Fearless Eater 255

Th e HOW of Eating 258

WHAT to Eat 261

7 Childhood Nutrition Problems: A Fearless Approach to Common Issues 263

Food Allergies 263

Weight Problems 268

Eating Disorders 275

Problem Feeders and Ongoing Picky Eating 280

Nutrition and Behavior 284

8 Getting Meals on the Table: Meal Planning and Shopping Strategies 289

Fearless Nutrition Must-Haves 290

Planning Meals 292

Getting the Food 294

Get Cooking! 308

Appendix A: Fearless Food Guide 309

Appendix B: Food Sources of Nutrients 314

Appendix C: Healthy Snack Ideas 332

Appendix D: Fruit and Veggie Lists 336

Appendix E: Resources 357

Appendix F: The Claims Department 362

Appendix G: Beyond Basic Nutrition Questions 367

Notes 379

Bibliography 401

About the Authors 403

Index 405