Food Issues

Food Issues

With hundreds of thousands of Americans dying each year from obesity, type-2 diabetes, and a slew of chronic health conditions—all a direct result of food inequities, a broken food culture, and food marketing, and worsened by COVID-19, a significant shift in how we think about food and how we feed our kids must happen now if we want to change the trajectory of health for our kids. Food Issues hosted by health journalist and blogger Julie Revelant features interviews with authors, researchers, healthy food advocates, and thought leaders who want to educate, inspire, and empower organizations, parents, and local communities to create real, lasting change and ensure a healthier future for our kids. Through profound conversations that uncover the real issues affecting families coupled with easy, practical tips for parents, this podcast is the place to change our kids’ futures.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 53 min
What we say to our kids can have an impact on them in positive and negative ways, and when we’re trying to raise healthy eaters, we often put a lot of focus on the food, but the words we use are just as important.  In this episode, I sat down with Jenn Trepeck, an optimal health coach who has been described as a “force of nature” in the wellness space, a business consultant, and host of the popular podcast, Salad With A Side of Fri...
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Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation have become one of the fastest-growing health and wellness trends in the U.S. but if you’ve wondered, what is mindful eating?, this interview will give you everything you need to know to teach and model it for your kids.  In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Susan Albers, a NY Times best-selling author,  and clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in eating issues, weight...
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Intuitive eating has been around for over 25 years, but it has garnered a lot of attention in recent years as more people have looked to non-diet approaches to weight loss and healthy living. Intuitive eating isn’t something we typically hear about for kids, but it’s one of the best ways to raise healthy eaters.  In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicin...
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Most parents know their kids should get plenty of protein, eat their fruits and vegetables, and limit processed foods, but when you have picky eaters or you’re concerned about what your child eats and how much, feeding kids healthily can seem impossible. In this episode, I sat down with Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, CPT, a nationally recognized nutrition, diabetes, and fitness expert, and an author and speaker. Erin and I talked abo...
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Most kids have some type of picky eating behavior, but for some kids, their picky eating seems out of the norm and over the top, making meal and snack times difficult—maybe even impossible. Perhaps they refuse to try new foods or refuse to eat vegetables altogether. Maybe they get upset at mealtimes, or have meltdowns before parties or social gatherings because of the food or the pressure to eat. Either way, extreme picky eating ca...
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Encouraging your kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods is no easy feat. Perhaps you’ve tried bribing them with dessert, cajoling them with statements like “just take a bite, you might like it,” or tried sneaking vegetables into soups and smoothies, but nothing has worked and you’re ready to give up. In this episode, I’m talking with Jenny Friedman, M.S. a registered dietitian who works with extremely picky eaters and child...
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Picky eating is something we as parents often accept as a normal childhood behavior, but for some kids, picky eating could be a sign that something else is going on. In this episode, I’m talking with Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.D.N., a licensed clinical nutritionist and author of “Cure Your Child With Food.” Dorfman and I talk about whether picky eating can be a sign of underlying health conditions and how nutritional deficiencies, food...
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Picky eating is a common challenge for parents in the U.S. In fact, according to a recent survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), 39% of parents say picky eating is an obstacle to get their kids to try new foods and increase the variety of foods and the amount of vegetables their kids consume. Although pediatricians and experts often tell parents picky eating is normal, there’s less attention paid to why kids a...
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COVID-19 has had a profound effect on how we work, parent, and live our daily lives and of course, our kids’ health. Between food insecurity, increased snacking, reliance on processed foods, distance learning, disrupted schedules and sedentary behaviors, for months pediatricians have voiced their concerns about pandemic weight gain, rising rates of childhood obesity, and other chronic conditions. In this episode, I’m talking with K...
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When the pandemic first hit the U.S. last March, and we found ourselves working and learning from home and had a lot more time on our hands, many of us made our way to the kitchen to bake sourdough bread and sweet treats and make homemade meals from scratch. Many of us also brought our kids into the kitchen to teach them how to cook, to spend quality time together, and to bond. In fact, according to Guelph Family Health Study, 50% ...
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Feeding kids is no easy feat for parents today, but with snacks, candy, and treats available virtually everywhere we go, it’s no wonder raising healthy, adventurous eaters can seem impossible.  Whether our kids are at school, sports, or running errands with us, they're tempted with junk food at every turn. Plus, as a generation, we’ve also developed a mentality that kids need snacks in their strollers, on car rides, at playdate...
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The microbiome, the gut, and leaky gut are all terms we’ve become more familiar with in recent years, especially as research continues to uncover a link between gut health and immunity, mood and behavior, sleep, constipation, allergies, and more. As parents, we’re also becoming really interested in probiotics for babies and kids—a market estimated to reach $215.87 million by 2026.  We know that nutrition plays a significant role in...
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Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. have increased in recent years, but recent studies show that disparities exist among certain racial and ethnic groups. What’s more, across the board, there are significant barriers that prevent women from exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months or longer, which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend.  In this episode, I’m talking with Jennifer Grayson,...
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March 23, 2021 54 min
In the U.S., we waste 40% of our food, costing $218 billion dollars a year. At the same time, food insecurity rates are at an all-time high, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the USDA, 30 million adults and 12 million children may not always have access to the food they need. In this episode, I’m talking with Urvashi Rangan, PhD, an environmental health scientist, toxicologist, and investigator, and Chief Science A...
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When it comes to our health, we hear a lot about inflammation and anti-inflammatory diets and foods. With rates of childhood obesity, type-2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and depression and anxiety in kids on the rise, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on chronic diseases, it’s important to look at inflammation and its role in our kids’ health.  In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Maria Mascarenhas, a Ped...
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In recent years, there’s been a ton of so-called ‘healthy snacks’ filling up store shelves that often sound like good choices for our families, but because of the ingredients, lack of nutrition, and processing, they may actually be more like junk food.  Americans are obsessed with snacking but now that we’re working and learning from home, have less structure to our days, and have more stress, we’re snacking more than ever. In fact...
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Every year in the U.S., companies spend nearly $2 billion marketing unhealthy foods and drinks to kids in a ton of sneaky ways: in the school cafeteria, on YouTube and social media, through gaming, sports and event sponsorships, branded toys, product placements, athlete endorsements, and even on your kids virtual learning problems. In this episode, I’m talking with Bettina Elias Siegel, a national journalist, children’s food advoca...
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When COVID first hit the U.S. last March and we were all at home a lot more, we found ourselves in the kitchen baking, cooking, having dinner, and sharing family meals together. Now, nearly a year later, and suffice to say, home cooking and family mealtimes are seeing a renaissance.  Today on the show, we’re taking a look at how COVID-19 has changed the way we eat and feed our families, what the latest research shows about family m...
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In 2020, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the U.S. went through a ton of changes, some of which were because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and food service directors faced significant financial challenges, were forced to change the foods on the menu and how they distributed meals to kids. In episode 2, we took a deep dive into these issues with Colin Schwartz from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. In thi...
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In recent years, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has become more political than ever before with rollbacks and attacks on the nutrition standards. Virtually overnight, COVID-19 has also had a significant impact and changed who qualifies for free school meals, the types of food kids are served, and the ways in which they access meals. Throughout 2020, the USDA and the Trump administration implemented school lunch waivers an...
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