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Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook Paperback – October 1, 2008
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A uniquely comforting, now-I'm-on-the-right-track approach... warm, sensible, professional and expert advice about what is, after all, a universal set of situations. -- Family Journal
I am going to try your recipe for Yellow Spaghetti, which will give me an opportunity to revisit bacon, a banned food item for longer than I can remember. I appreciate your good-humoured and thoughtful work. -- Recovering Enthusiast
I love your book and I am having so much fun planning menus and learning to cook! I have never planned menus unless I was on a diet, but I am now and I am enjoying my food and feel safe because I know what is coming next. -- Recovering Dieting Casualty
It's wonderful when she says, "the secret of feeding a healthy family is to love good food, trust yourself and share that with your children." Encouraging people to eat well is far better than laying on all the rules. -- Nutrition Educator
When Satter says, "a family is what you are when you start taking care of yourself," it makes it OK to go to the trouble of feeding myself. Secrets was written for me, as well as for people with children. -- Reviewer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ch 1- THE SECRET IN A NUTSHELL- The secret of feeding a healthy family is to love good food, trust yourself, and share that love and trust with your child. When the joy goes out of eating, nutrition suffers. [I have tried some crazy things w/what I feed my family. I was SO happy to find someone who is common sense and not extreme about foods we should eat.]
Ch 2- ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE- Competent eaters enjoy food and eating and they are comfortable with their enjoyment. They feel it is okay to eat food that they like in amounts they find satisfying. [YES!!!!]
Ch 3- HONOR YOUR APPETITE- Appetite is a natural and life-giving inclination. Appetite is compelling, but it can be satisfied. It is normal to get enough and to stop eating, even of highly enjoyable food.
Ch 4- EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT- Essential to eating's rich reward is having enough to eat. The irony, in this land of plenty, is that most of us fear hunger, not because we risk food insecurity, but because we obligate ourselves to undereat.
Ch 5- FEED YOURSELF FAITHFULLY- To develop the meal habit, priorityze pleasure. To keep up the day-in-day-out effort of regular meals, those meals must be richly rewarding to plan, prepare, and eat.
PART II- HOW TO RAISE GOOD EATERS
Prologue- Provided parents do their jobs with feeding, children eat as much or as little as they need and grow predictably in the way nature intended for them to grow. [Love this!]
Ch 6- THE FEEDING RELATIONSHIP- Effective feeding depnds on a division of responsibility. Parents do the what, when, and where of feeding; Children do the how much and whether of eating.Read more ›
I kept looking at the publish date to make sure this book wasn't written in 1977. It was actually in 2008.
Ellyn Satter's advice is always very down-to-earth and her attitude toward food is relaxed. Where else would you find a Registered Dietitian recommending a menu of hot dogs, potato chips, and ice cream?? (Of course, not ALL her menus are like this, because she really understands the concepts of balance and moderation, which are so sorely lacking in these diet-crazed times.)
An excellent companion to "How to Get Your Kid to Eat...But Not Too Much,' both of these books speak to nutritionally-challenged adults as much as they do to children.
I will say up front that Ellyn Satter is not the person to turn to if you believe that dieting is the key to healthy eating. If you're already familiar with intuitive eating or the Health at Every Size movement, then you won't be surprised. Satter's whole approach isn't about restricting what you eat - it's about choosing food that makes your body feel good and tuning in when you eat so you can tell when you are no longer hungry. If you can model that for your children along with using her division of responsibility, it's easier for them to understand how to feed themselves healthfully.
If you're skeptical about her concept of the division of responsibility, let me reassure you that it does work. I spent 6 years working with a group of up to 11 toddlers. Meals were taken with each toddler sitting in chair at the table. Each of them had their own plate, cup, spoon. We ate family style. Some days everything was eaten. Some days they picked at it. But we never experienced battles, because we didn't start them. The children were welcome to eat as much or as little as they liked.Read more ›
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Great ideas for feeding my family and modeling a positive relationship with food.Published 1 month ago by Melanie Joy McMillan
I love Ellyn Satter's work. I'm an intuitive eating pro and have followed her for years. Get it. Feed your family well and relax.Published 11 months ago by Caryn Gillen
I have followed Ellyn Satter for several years. Good advice for feeding children and yourself.Published 12 months ago by L.V.
This book is the most sensible and evidence-based text I've read about how to feed not only our children, but ourselves. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bethany
I love this book. As a lifelong restrictor, I was trying to raise healthy children and finding it not working. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this book for a health and nutrition class. It was informative, but not really for me. I think it would be good for someone dealing with eating/diet issues in their family or... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by H. Wigton
Gives you good information, but there a lot of things are questionable. Has some great recipes and I will try about half of them.Published on January 29, 2014 by chris skinner