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

September 28, 2021 32 min

There’s almost no getting around processed foods in our kids’ diets, but with so many health claims including organic, non-GMO, natural, gluten-free, made with real fruit, low-sugar, lightly-sweetened, “just a tad sweet,” and “sorta sweet,” and more than 200 names for sugar, trying to find better options is a challenge for any parent.

In this episode, I sat down with Julie Harrington, a registered dietitian, culinary nutrition cons...

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Research shows babies, toddlers, and kids are getting more added sugar in their diets than ever before and it’s not only adding to weight gain and childhood obesity, but it’s having profound effects on their emotional and mental health too. In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Michael Goran and Dr. Emily Ventura, co-authors of the book “Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child’s Health at Risk and What Yo...

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September 14, 2021 49 min

We all know that added sugars are linked to childhood obesity and other chronic diseases, but something that is often overlooked is the effect of sugar on a child’s brain. 

In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist, an expert in nutrition, diet, and addiction, and the author of 5 books. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New Yo...

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Baby food has come a long way from jarred peas and carrots of our childhoods, but although the new options may be organic, have superfoods, and seem healthy, many are more healthwashing than healthy. 

In this episode, I sat down with Katie Thomson, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian, and co-founder and CEO of Square Baby, which has been described as the Blue Apron of baby food. Thomson spent her career pioneering nutrition strategy fo...

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Between morning sickness, food cravings, and fatigue, it’s not always easy to eat healthy during pregnancy. Yet studies show pregnant women are consuming too much added sugar. In fact, it’s something some experts are sounding the alarm on, dubbing the problem, “secondhand sugar.” So how much sugar is too much during pregnancy? 

In this episode, I sat down with Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, a registered dietitian, certified athlet...

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August 24, 2021 37 min

During the 2021-22 school year, every child across the U.S. will have access to free school meals, a result of flexibilities issued through the USDA. Yet for years, students have been served tons of foods that are loaded with excess, added sugars—things like chocolate milk, cereal, and condiments. Even more concerning is that some of the foods can exceed a child’s entire day’s worth of added sugars. 

In this episode, I sat down wit...

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August 17, 2021 45 min

Whether it’s homemade chocolate chip cookies or a trip to your favorite ice cream spot, we all love to give our kids a sweet treat. Yet research shows ‘treats’ have become an everyday thing, and most kids, including babies and toddlers, are getting way too much sugar in their diets. While natural sugars like those found in fruit are nutritious because they also have vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it’s the added sugars kids are cons...

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In the U.S., 1 in 5 kids has a mental disorder and it’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the problem. Now, as most kids return to schools, after-school sports, and a more normal way of life, parents, educators, and mental health professionals are taking a hard look at how kids are doing and what to do about it. 

In this episode, I sat down with Michele Borba, Ed.D, an internationally-renowned educational psy...

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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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July 20, 2021 61 min

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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