The Debut of Doctor Yum’s Cooking Club

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Feeding Children, Getting Organized, Nutrition, Obesity | 0 comments

The Debut of Doctor Yum’s Cooking Club

This week I was pleased to attend the first gathering of “Doctor Yum Cooking Club.” The Lake of the Woods Chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) agreed months ago to pilot our spring debut of “Doctor Yum’s Cooking Club” To back track, I teach a free shopping class to help families to shop for healthy food and feed families better while saving money. Some of the moms that have attended my classed asked if we could put out a cooking assignment with some of my kid-tested recipes that...

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Doctor Yum Meets the Queen of “YUM”, Rachael Ray

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 3 comments

Doctor Yum Meets the Queen of “YUM”, Rachael Ray

Today I had the honor of interviewing Rachael Ray, the popular cooking personality first made famous by her TV show “30 Minute Meals.” She also is a host of her own Daytime Emmy winning television show, author of almost two dozen cookbooks and her popular magazine “Every Day with Rachael Ray.” Her business empire is impressive, but more impressive is her list of charity work including one project close to my heart, Yum-O. This nonprofit organization was started by Rachael Ray with a...

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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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Enjoy A Few Girl Scout Cookies with Balance

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Feeding Children, Nutrition | 1 comment

Enjoy A Few Girl Scout Cookies with Balance

It’s that time of the year. The Girl Scouts are out selling cookies!  The Girl Scouts have an eighty year-old cookie tradition that has blossomed into a seven hundred million dollar business.  In fact, the Girl Scout cookie business is the largest girl-run business in America! How do we let our kids (and ourselves) enjoy these special treats at this time of year without going overboard?  The reality right now is that one-third of the population of children I see in my practice (and around the nation) is...

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Showing kids that whole foods taste great

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 1 comment

Showing kids that whole foods taste great

Doctoryum.com is now one year old! It was this time last year that I started rounding up the Tiny Tasters in hopes that they could show other kids how to love good food. Week after week, these kiddos tried my recipes, both good and bad, and gave me their honest feedback. They started out like most kids with lots of strong food preferences. Over the course of the year (and over 100 recipes!) I have seen them grow so much, and seen them accept foods they none of us believed they would. It’s been a very...

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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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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 Tastes Can Change After a Summer of Good Eating

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 4 comments

How Tastes Can Change After a Summer of Good Eating

This summer was an exciting one in our family when it came to food.  We joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which allowed us to enjoy a variety of produce from a local farm. We became more committed to our weekly outings to the farmer’s market.  Our family tried some new ethnic foods and made a whole list of new recipes. We even grew a few of our own foods.  Most importantly, we just ENJOYED food and tried to keep it fun and fresh each week. I wanted to share with you a list of foods that the...

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Kids Meal “Makeover”

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Entrees, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 0 comments

Kids Meal “Makeover”

At a recent event, “The Family Table”, my friends at Fredericksburg Parent and Family and I held a vote for children. We asked kids what their favorite kids meal is so that I could do a makeover on the meal to make it more nutritious. The choices were: Mac and Cheese Hamburger and Fries Pizza Chicken Tenders and Fries   The winner was…….drumroll………HAMBURGER AND FRIES!! My hamburger and fries makeover was pretty easy, as I already had a great Turkey-Veggie Burger...

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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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Doctor Yum Gets Kids Menus Back on Track in Fredericksburg

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in "Play with Your Plate" Kids Menus, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 5 comments

Doctor Yum Gets Kids Menus Back on Track in Fredericksburg

I am pleased to announce a new program from Doctor Yum called “Play With Your Plate”.  Doctor Yum has partnered up with Fredericksburg Parent and Family Magazine to help make eating out healthier for kids in the Fredericksburg, VA area.  Using this program will help local restaurants improve the nutrition offered in their kids menus.  Our first kids menu project made its debut this past Tuesday at a wonderful restaurant, “FOODĒ,” in downtown Fredericksburg.   First, here is a little background....

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