Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Breakfast, Favorite Topics | 1 comment

Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

The research shows that we should all probably care a little more about breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration, cognitive function and do better in school (just drinking one glass of water may even improve test scores!) Despite what many of my teen patients think, skipping breakfast may also lead to excess weight gain. However, many of the typical breakfast food choices are not the most nutritionally sound. Here are some of the pitfalls I have noticed over the years in talking to my patients...

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Doctor Yum’s Prescription for a Healthy Family

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Health Topics, Obesity | 1 comment

Doctor Yum’s Prescription for a Healthy Family

Here it is -our new and improved “Prescription for a Healthy Family”! These are the 10 simple rules that emcompass the messages of Doctor Yum and our nonprofit, “The Doctor Yum Project.” Click on each heading for much more information and ideas: 1.Make Wellness Number #1. Time and effort spent teaching healthy habits is an investment in a healthy long life for your kids. Long after designer shoes, electronics and fancy clothes wear out, kids will still have good health from good nutrition. 2. Get...

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What are you Paying for at the Grocery Store?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Getting Organized, Nutrition, Obesity | 4 comments

What are you Paying for at the Grocery Store?

  Today was doing my Sunday morning grocery shopping run for the week. Often when I am waiting in line, I like to observe what other people have in their shopping carts, particularly those people shopping with kids. This morning there was a mother with three school-aged kids in front of me. It appeared that they were doing the same as me, stocking up for the week. On the conveyer belt, I spotted a lot of “kid food.” There was sugary cereals seen advertised on TV. I saw single servings of flavored yogurts...

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Five Tips for Feeding Snacks to Kids

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 4 comments

Five Tips for Feeding Snacks to Kids

  In a quest for constant improvement of our family’s diet, I recently decided I would tackle one issue that constantly plagues us: SNACKING! Let me first backtrack. I read a fascinating book recently called French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon.  In the book this mother describes the year she spent in her husband’s native France trying to get her two small children in touch with the French way of life.  She soon discovers that the typical North American way that kids eat just won’t do in...

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Parents, Junk food is EVERYWHERE!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Obesity | 3 comments

Parents, Junk food is EVERYWHERE!

I just read an article that states today’s average American consumes almost 580 calories more PER DAY than in a typical day during the 1970’s. It’s no wonder. Has anyone noticed recently that high calorie junk food is being sold EVERYWHERE? It used to be that nutrition-minded parents would only have to fight junk food battles with the kids in the grocery store (see my post on “How to Say No with Love at the Grocery Store”). “Mom, but can I PLEASE just get some peanut butter cups?” These...

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A Powerful Look at Childhood Obesity

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Nutrition, Obesity, Videos | 1 comment

As a pediatrician I have dedicated much of my time to giving parents practical information to prevent and combat obesity. I have found that I love this work.  However, this week I hit a WALL. I saw too many kids in my office with morbid obesity. Many of them had been counseled before, and most had continued to gain weight. So many times I found no room at the top of the chart to plot their growing body mass index. I saw a few kids on the edge of diabetes, one with hypertension, and many with complaints related to...

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What’s wrong with Water?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children | 5 comments

What’s wrong with Water?

  One of the biggest contributors to the excessive amount of calories that American children consume is BEVERAGES. The average American teenager consumes in the neighborhood of 400 calories. That’s the equivalent of a four mile run! In my practice I give many of my overweight young patients a food journal to keep track of a week’s worth of eating. In talking to their families and reviewing their journals I often find that I can help them get back to a normal weight just by getting them off of...

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How to Stop Relatives from Bringing Your Kids Junk Food

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Obesity | 0 comments

How to Stop Relatives from Bringing Your Kids Junk Food

How do you convey to relatives, especially grandparents that you don’t appreciate the sweet treats and junk food they feed your kids when they visit? A friend recently emailed me about the frustration she feels when her in-laws bring over loads of sweet treats for the holidays. She is a working mom who tries hard to make sure that her kids eat nutritious food throughout the year. However, all her efforts are put aside at Christmas time when relatives show up with boxes of junk food that the kids can’t...

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Save on Groceries While Feeding Your Family Healthy Meals

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 5 comments

Over the past two or three years I have noticed a strange phenomenon. Although my kids are growing and eating more, and we are eating more nutritious foods every year, my weekly grocery bill are getting less expensive. It’s strange! I’m doing so many things that I’m told should cost me more. I am buying more local food. I’m buying more organic food. We are trying a larger variety of foods as the kids’ tastes get more adventurous. So why is the weekly tab shrinking? Here are five reasons I came...

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A Pediatrician’s Pledge

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity, Topics | 10 comments

A Pediatrician’s Pledge

As a pediatrician, I have watched the number of children with diet-related illnesses increase every year since I started practice.  There are now days when I am overwhelmed and discouraged by the number of children whose health is diminished by a poor diet. This feeling of helplessness is why I started my website, doctoryum.com.  It is also the reason I have made nutrition a passion and priority within my own family. Consider a typical morning at my office and the types of patients I see: A teenage girl has a...

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A Pediatrician’s Ten Tips for Packing a Nutritious Lunch

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, School Lunch Ideas | 10 comments

A Pediatrician’s Ten Tips for Packing a Nutritious Lunch

As a mother of two young boys I am sympathetic to the challenge of how to pack an interesting, well-balanced lunch that the kids will eat, and how to do this DAY AFTER DAY.In organizing my thoughts on school lunch, I used a new recommendation by the USDA to guide me.  Did you know the old “Food Pyramid”, used in health classes for years to teach us how to portion our food, is now extinct?  In June, the USDA released a new, simplified icon called “Choose My Plate”.  This graphic shows a plate with four...

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How to Say “No” (with Love) at the Grocery Store

Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 6 comments

The food industry has targeted kids with clever marketing, advertising and fancy packaging of highly processed foods made with artificial ingredients that make children sick.  As a pediatrician I see kids suffering with diet-related illnesses daily.  We as parents can fight back by perfecting the skill of saying  “no” at the grocery store.  Saying “no” to a child can be difficult. It goes against our instinct to keep our children happy and comfortable. However, in some instances it is necessary to say...

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USDA’s “Choose My Plate” works for kids, too

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 5 comments

USDA’s “Choose My Plate” works for kids, too

Earlier this month the USDA did away with the old “Food Pyramid”, replacing it with the new “Choose My Plate” recommendations. Largely I’m thrilled to see the USDA present a simple attractive graphic that even kids can understand. Along with the simplified graphic they also include some other highlights: enjoy food but eat less avoid oversized portions make half your plate fruits and vegetables drink water instead of sugary drinks switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk compare sodium in foods Make at...

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Obesity in Children

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Health Topics, Obesity | 1 comment

Obesity in Children

In 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 34% of American adults and 17% of children are “obese.” Even more staggering is that the number of adults considered “overweight” is 64% and that nearly one-third of children are at least overweight to obese. At PL Pediatrics, like many practices around the country, we see a growing number of overweight and obese children every year.  Below is an overview of obesity in children.  Management of obesity, especially in children...

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