…one of the bonding rituals without which the family, society even, can fall apart.

… even those for whom cooking is an oppressive chore or a source of self-doubting anxiety, acknowledge that a meal shared by friends and family is one of the bonding rituals without which the family, society even, can fall apart.

Antonia Till

Family dinner

Healthy Food Portions and Choices for Your Kids

Cheese Puffs, Chocolate Cake, Soda Pop, and Milkshakes- Are These the Things Our Little Boys and Girls are Made Of? Do you remember the original Willy Wonka Movie? There is a scene where the winners of the Golden Tickets enter the fantastic world of Willy Wonka’s Factory to find every imaginable and unimaginable candy creation. Even the river is filled with melted chocolate. It is a place that every child’s candy is within reach.
But the kids that eat, and eat, and eat every sweet they pass end up with a problem and are eliminated from the contest. The only boy left is the one with self control who follows the directions. Now imagine being your child and going through every aisle in a grocery store and seeing all of the colorful and fun looking foods. Wow, I bet it is a bit like seeing all of those treats in Willy Wonka’s factory.   … more

Should government ban junk food?

Obesity has been classified as a ‘European-wide problem of epidemic proportions’, according to a recent article in Time Magazine. The article also states that the European Commission (EC) is going to go all out to counteract the harmful effects of junk food in the next five years.

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Colour-coded diets

Based on the clever titles, it might be tempting to dismiss these programs as gimmicks, and in fact when your weekly menus are literally “color coded,” it might seem that the diet book authors are just scrambling for a new hook or premise on which to base an entire eating program. I have not read any of those books you mentioned yet, so I can’t comment on any of them specifically. However, as “gimmicky” as from every color in the rainbow may sound at first, there is some very legitimate and scientific evidence that this is a great idea.
Read on …

The Family Nutrition Book

Family Nutrition: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children – From Birth through Adolescence (Paperback)
by William Sears (Author)

From the reviews

Organic or regular baby food? White or wheat bread? Yogurt or ice cream? Parents often wonder how best to feed their families

 

the Searses offer the solid advice on breastfeeding, beginning solids, and feeding picky eaters you’d expect. But more than that, they provide a crash course in overall nutrition. You’ll learn how the body works, how to read food labels, what ingredients to look for (and which to avoid), how to trim fat from your diet, what makes up a balanced diet (not just the “food pyramid”), which foods are thought to prevent cancer, and more.

 

It is extremely informative and thorough, while managing to make nutrition very interesting. It is easy to read and understand.

 

The Searses also offer helpful food lists: good fats, best proteins, top 10 complex carbohydrates, and top 12 family foods, to name a few. A wealth of nutrition information is smoothly presented, complete with accessible scientific explanations, behavior modification tips and framed asides The book progresses from an overview of nutrients (water and fiber among them) to an extensive evaluation of food groups, including discussions of vegetarianism, organic foods and decoding packaging labels. Additional sections address weight control and the specific roles various foods play in disease prevention, stamina building, etc. Reference tables and an updated food pyramid will prove indispensable to the reader. You’ll even get favorite Sears family recipes to help you get started on the road to healthy eating. It’s all here, and it’s all mixed with a healthy dose of passion for eating well. So you can show your children–by example–how to stay healthy and feel great.

 

Eat Local Challenge

http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com/
A blog by people “committed to challenging themselves to eat mainly local
food during a specific period of time during the year.” It’s full of news
and stories about the challenges and benefits of the increasingly popular
idea of eating locally grown foods. Search, or browse by categories like
farmer’s markets, dining out, growing your own food, canning and
freezing, etc.