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Robinsbite: July 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Humble Pie: Parental Food Behaviors Affects on Children

When you become a parent, that Humble Pie recipe is everywhere, isn't it? Making it sure is easy-and so is by-passing it on the buffet table. It's the taking a bite that's the hard part-like choking down a handful of razor blades.

My colleague Angela Lemond, The Mommy Dietitian, blogs about the importance of taking a bite of this particular recipe.

Humble Pie: Parental Food Behaviors Affects on Children


Several days of low nutrient, high calorie foods

1 lifetime of vegetable avoidance
1 week of extreme dieting
2 days of restrictive eating
1 night of binge eating
1 food group elimination

1/2 day of emotional eating and/or stress eating

1 poor body image

daily meal skipping
1 case of orthorexia


Mix one or more ingredients together by blending well. Cover and allow ingredients to rise.

We are always looking for family recipes. But what is the recipe that you are serving without even realizing it? In my dietetic practice as a pediatric and family dietitian, I see parents of young children that have one, two or several of these "ingredients." With childhood obesity such a problem, I believe that we must take a good, long look at ourselves and how we night be impacting the young people in our lives. Check yourself. What is your relationship with food like? Do you feel comfortable around a variety of foods? How do you think your relationship with food is affecting your children? Because the truth is that our children will do as we DO, not as we say. Just like anything else in life, any change you would like to see in the world needs to start with you. Let us all take a bite of humble pie and taste all its flavors. It might not taste great, but your consumption, digestion and then hopefully, elimination will be the true nourishment that is best for both you and your children for years to come.
If you think you have a poor relationship with food, contact a Registered Dietitian (RD) in your area that specializes in wellness nutrition or even disordered eating. An RD can develop a balanced food plan and assist with changing food behaviors that will yield a great final recipe intended for the entire family.

Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD is a Registered Dietitian that is Board Certified as a Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition working in private practice in the Dallas, Texas area. For more information on Angela, visit her website at or Mommy Dietitian blog at

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dallas Morning News Mommy DIETITIAN Blogger

I've been reading the Mom's Blog at the Dallas Morning News since I found out I was pregnant. There, I've found much wisdom, humor and basic information from parents that make me realize that I am a completely normal Mom!

Imagine my surprise when I was asked by the editor, Nancy Churnin, to begin submitting blog posts of my own. "I've only been a Mom for a few months," I said. "what could I possibly have to share with your readers?" Nancy encouraged me to write about my perspective on feeding a child-from the ground up-with a caveat. That caveat is that my background and profession. So, as a new mom and a registered dietitian, I'll be blogging weekly on Thursdays at 3:00pm CST about my trials and tribulations with feeding my 10 1/2 month old son.

You can read my first post here: Feeding My Son Pickles, Herbs and Spices. Please feel free to comment and let me know what other topics you'd like to see! Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Resurgence of the Diet Plate 2.0

I can clearly and very happily recall my visits Hollywood, Florida and dining with my Grandparents at such restaurant icons as the Rascal House and Pumpernink's. I can see the menus, the waitresses, (they were called waitresses back then-not servers as they are today) the pickle buckets on the tables and the deli meats in the case. (it's there that I first saw tongue--complete with taste buds and little hairs coming out of them-I shudder as I write this). I can also see the rolls and sweet n lows that somehow made it into my Nana's purse each time.

One item that I also recall clearly was the "diet plate". Usually, it consisted of a pale, limp piece of lettuce topped with a huge tomato and a scoop of cottage cheese or tuna salad in the center. Sometimes, it came with a plain hamburger patty. (pre Atkins-no bun days) While I never ordered the diet plate, I assume that many did because it stayed on the menu year after year after year. It certainly was a diet plate-could have also been called a restriction plate or unappealing plate.

I just finished my own version of the diet plate, however, I like to refer to it as a little taste of summer. I started out with a huge East Texas tomato and topped it with about 3/4 of a cup of lowfat Lactaid cottage cheese. Add lettuce or basil if you'd like. Top with a tablespoon or two of sunflower seeds and that was lunch.

Why do I love this? Easy:
1. Protein, carbs, dairy, seeds, vegetable and healthy fat..all out of 3 simple ingredients.
2. Pennies per serving
3. Cool and refreshing--it's about 100 here and about 4000 % humidity
4. Great way to use up surplus tomatoes
5. Easy way to get seeds into the diet-provides a great crunch to this dish
6. It looks beautiful-remember we eat with our eyes first
7. Portable for the office-bring each separately and assemble when ready
8. Versatile-eat as is or top on a piece of whole wheat toast, English muffin or a whole wheat cracker

A Little Taste of Summer
1 large tomato (homegrown, if possible)
1/2-3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1-2 T sunflower seeds
lettuce or basil, chopped, if desired

Assemble and serve!


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