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Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right: The Food Solution That Lets Kids Be Kids Paperback – December 22, 2009
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“Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right is a smart, creative way to start changing a growing problem in America. It gives kids and their parents a fun way to learn and apply healthy knowledge to everyday activities. I can't wait to share it with my own kids one day!” ―Ali Vincent, winner of The Biggest Loser and author of Believe It, Be It
“Finally, a medically-sound weight reduction program that will improve the health of our children and promote life-long healthy food choices. Dr. Dolgoff's Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right will turn the tide of the obesity epidemic we confront daily in our practices. Highly recommended!” ―Joseph Levy, M.D., Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
About the Author
JOANNA DOLGOFF, MD, is a graduate of Princeton University and NYU Medical School. A specialist in child and adolescent weight management, she owns two pediatric practices.
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Top Customer Reviews
First the good. The concept is good and very appealing to kids. It is a great way to teach kids portion control. You get so many green foods a day and you can trade green foods to get yellow. You also get two red foods a week. Non sweetened fruit and veggies are unlimited. There are also some good diagrams such as hunger and fulness scale, and how to measure portion sizes.
The bad. There are a lot of green foods that are not nutritious. Example: Lucky Charms, white bread and white pasta, totino pizza rolls, candy corn, jelly beans, peeps, 100 cal packs and so on. And while I believe everything in moderation, I don't feel this is good way to teach nutrition. Also she uses a lot of Splenda. So if you have reservations about this you will want to use something else.
So over all I think there are parts of this book that I found helpful, but I wouldn't follow it to the T. I do recommend any of Tosca Reno's books. She does have a book geared towards children, The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness.
The book arrived, I read through it, and planned the dinner recipes for the week (from recipes in the book). I bought snack items and created green light snack boxes in the pantry and refrigerator with items already measured out in the correct portions. I made charts for each member of the family and explained the plan to them. Needless to say, they were not thrilled at the idea but my son knew he needed to eat healthier so was willing to give it a try. Everyone had their first weigh in and we were on to our adventure.
My biggest fear was the portion control and that he would be hungry.Read more ›
No Calorie Counting, No Dieting, No Off-Limit Foods!
This is the promise of Dr. Dolgoff's food solution nutrition book. The book contains 11 chapters, with titles like:
* Coming to terms: Is your child really overweight?
* High Performance Breakfasts
* Dinner Destinations
* Restaurants: Be Prepared
See? Even restaurant dining is not off limits. That was one of the first things I noticed in Dr. Dolgoff's philosphy back last summer: Make healthy choices and still enjoy the foods and places you love.
Dr. Dolgoff's fabulous explanation and categorizing while 'Teaching the Rules of the Road' and how to use her system of Green Light foods (Go!) , Yellow Light foods (Slow down!) and Red Light foods (Uh Oh!) is easy to read easy to use! A simple game plan for understanding and itemizing the foods you already eat (while encouraging new healthy high fiber foods) into Green, Yellow and Red signals.
Dr. Dolgoff claims a 96 percent success rate! That's reason enough for me to get on board. Start driving the Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right express.
Some of the recipes included in the book are good. But it would be hard to do the program without the saccharine and fat-free hot dogs because it is pretty calorie-restricted. 100 calories for breakfast is recommended for the weight loss phase for 10yo girls. That's not many!
Maybe someday this author will learn more about nutrition and rewrite the book to reflect better food choices. It would be great if it wasn't so focused on fat-free, sugar-free processed foods.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
what a great book, this book is helping my son maintain his weight as suggested by a doctor. We learned a lot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DANA G.
The hype seems to have died down since this book was published but I decided to give it a go anyway since there is an extreme lack of helpful information out there to help kids... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casey Ryan
I have some reservations about the eating plan recommended in this book. The author really doesn't stress the importance of reducing sugar intake, in fact she allows serving sizes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. V. Engel
Got it for my daughter to help with food ideas for grand children.Published 3 months ago by Richard R. Harmer
Just purchased this book for our 10 year old daughter who has a love of food beyond anything I've seen! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was recommended this book by a mom in my daughters crossfit class. Just got the book today and I can tell already out family will be able to use this to get healthy together!Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Kennedy
Excellent. Lost five pounds within maybe two weeks, I'm full and satisfied. Definitely buy this!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was ok. I liked the idea of a magnetic chart where my daughter can figure out what she's eating. It's all about moderation.Published 7 months ago by Joel McDevitt
I get really nervous about any "kids weight loss" books. We have a variety of needs in this house and I hate the books that make the heavier kid feel like crap while... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MommyH