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Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet Paperback

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940163
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"`Food Chaining' [has treated] thousands of severely picky eaters." -- Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Cheryl Fraker, RD, LD, CLC, is a registered pediatric dietitian and lactation consultant specializing in pediatric feeding disorders. Her articles have appeared in nutrition journals, and she frequently makes presentations and lectures on child eating habits nationwide. She lives in Springfield, Ill.

Mark Fishbein, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist, who has written articles published in several medical and nutrition journals. His work with child eating habits has been featured in various media outlets, most recently in the Wall Street Journal. Currently Dr. Fishbein is an associate professor at the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He lives in Springfield, Ill.

Sibyl Cox, RD, LD, CLC, is a pediatric dietician and certified lactation consultant at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She provides nutritional assessment and dietary counseling to parents of children with feeding difficulties. Sibyl is a member of the Capital District Dietetic Association, Illinois Dietetic Association, American Dietetic Association and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She lives in Chatham, Ill.

Laura Walbert, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech pathologist, lactation consultant, and pediatric oral feeding specialist with the Pediatric Rehabilitation division of St. John's Hospital. She has appeared all over the US and Canada to present treatment methods for children with feeding disorders. She lives in Sherman, Ill.

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I think this is for children with major eating problems, like those on feeding tubes, or with sensory issues.
I love the short stories in the book because they help the parent realize that they are not the only ones struggling with this issue.
Food chaining can be fun and exciting if you let it, if you open your mind to food, tastes, eating, and new experiences.
A. Hart

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116 of 126 people found the following review helpful By A. Hart on July 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
So I've decided that I should also put my two cents worth in regarding the book and other comments here. This is Alicia, and yes, my son Ewan is mentioned in the book under the Special Needs section.

First off, is this book for everyone? Maybe not, no book, no theory, no treatment plan out there is for absolutely everybody. But give it a shot if you've got a child that is a picky eater or problem eater, it's 12 bucks that could change your life. Secondly, keep your mind open. If your mind is already closed to new ideas and new ways of doing things it's hard to help anyone, including your child.

Third, the whole 'encourages a child to eat junk food' notion is off base. The problem stems from the fact that these children have ALREADY self limited their foods to the, let's say, not the healthiest foods on the market. That's why many of the chains focus on moving from McNuggets and 'junk' food that someone else mentioned. My son was one of these children that the only 'meat' he would accept was a chicken McNugget--hence our chain started from there and grew. He now eats a variety of meats but in all honesty, he's not a real big meat lover, he eats some but not all's just not his 'thing'.

As for the moving from junk food to broccoli and healthy foods idea--you bet your behind my son did that. He is living proof that food chaining took him from pop-tarts, McNuggets, popcorn, and chips to eating foods like raw spinach leaves, broccoli, salsa, green peppers, cabbage, lettuce, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, oranges, pineapple...well you get the point, a very healthy diet. I'd match my son's diet now up against the healthiest of stone age diets out there!

How in the name of all that is holy did that happen?
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By N. Hyde on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think the idea of food chaining has potential, but the book wasn't detailed enough to help me put it into practice. The reviews that involve people who dealt with the authors in person rather than trying to get help from reading the book alone miss the point, because the book doesn't provide enough information to implement a food chaining approach, at least in my experience. It didn't give details about the order in which to introduce foods and when to switch to new foods. It didn't talk about what to do when the child refuses to try the new foods that are offered. Plus, the focus on bringing together a team of five professionals to assess your child was misguided because people that want to go that route probably aren't getting a self-help book. So, I tried a few new foods with my daughter, she refused to even consider trying them, so I gave up and went back to what I had been doing. I found Ellyn Satter's books to be more helpful, although they don't focus enough on what to do about picky eating.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Grey lady on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a book for serious and clinical non-eaters....pediatric anorexics, kids with autism, down syndrome, cleft palates, children requiring feeding tubes, babies withe GERD, or mitochondrial disorders and the like. It is not for your average picky eater and it is not a "self-help" book. While some children do need medical intervention we are dealing with healthy, strong willed five year old and this book did not help our situation. The entire book advocates imploring a team of doctors called a "feeding team" which includes pediatricians, psychologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, dietitians, occupational and behavioral therapists, speech therapists, etc. Only the last chapter explains the "food chaining" concept which is really just common sense. If your child likes McDonald's chicken nuggets you should try other brands of chicken nuggets, then breaded home made chicken, and other breaded meats etc. I was surprised to see the encouragement of feeding any child Cheetos and chips and bacon but I suppose if my child went days without eating I would consider consuming a Cheetos a success. While my heart goes out to the children and parents described in the book I was looking for a less clinical approach to dinnertime battles. I would recommend the Food Sense Program by Dana Obleman. ([...]) We have found this program to be most helpful for our five year old.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Calder on April 17, 2010
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This book was recommended by my daughter's Speech-Language Pathologist who "coached" us through my daughter's feeding issues. My daughter, Della, is 3 years-old and has speech, mobility, and developmental delays from an unknown cause. She doesn't seem to have any aversion to different textures and as far as we can tell, no sensory issues. That being said, she is acting like a "normal" 12-18 month old child who is learning to assert her opinion through what she chooses to eat or not eat. Just like other children she will go from loving certain foods to completely refusing them seemingly overnight. When she was eating only a handful of foods I started to read "Food Chaining" looking for some easy answer or at the very least, a plan with all meals laid out in an order that would "fix" her picky eating habits. What I got from this book was that the "cure" is to find a link between what your child will eat now and what you want them to eventually eat later. Only you can customize this plan because you are raising your child and you know them best. Even the best laid-out meal plans won't fit every child. I once tried the "South Beach Diet" but I hated it because I didn't like many of the meals that were in their weekly "plan." So, Lesson #1- Use the guidelines and figure it out yourself. Yes, it is hard and time consuming and complicated and not "easy" but we are raising children here, not assembling a bookshelf. Lesson #2: Be persistent. You will throw away a lot of food. Period. Most children need to have a lot of exposure to new foods before they will readily eat it. Some children will only need to see it 4 or 5 times before eating it, others may need to be exposed 20 times before they accept it into their diet. Once again, this is hard and time consuming and complicated and anything but easy.Read more ›
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