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 6, 2022 34 min

With the kids back in school, it’s almost inevitable that they’re going to get sick. Kids, especially toddlers and preschoolers, are swapping germs all day long and their hand-washing habits usually aren’t ideal. Plus, the foods your kids eat, how much sleep and activity they get, and stress all have a lot to do with their immune systems. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to boost your child’s immune system and they don’t ha...

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You’ve seen the photos on Instagram—you know, the ones of clean, beautifully-organized refrigerators with food strategically placed in a rainbow-colored fashion. Sure, they look amazing, but they’re all in the name of marketing and not realistic unless you have a ton of time on your hands. Yet if you’re trying to get your kids back on track with healthy eating this fall season, and you want to save time and money in the kitchen, le...

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It’s back-to-school season, and with that comes new schedules, sports, after-school activities, and a whole lot of busyness. We’re all well-intentioned and want to make sure our kids are eating healthy, but with all we have to do, it’s a challenge. With some simple meal prep ideas, however, you can make sure your kids are off to a good start and get the nutrition they need all year long. 

In this episode, I sat down with Rebecca Hu...

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August 16, 2022 33 min

Prices for food, especially meat, eggs, and fish, are sky-high these days and families are feeling the pinch. Although shopping sales and clipping coupons can definitely help, trying some new plant-based meal ideas can go a long way in helping you to save money, give your kids a nutritional boost, and help you to model healthy eating habits.

In this episode, I sat down with Nicole Centeno, a French Culinary Institute-trained chef, ...

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We all know “breast is best,” but that doesn’t mean breastfeeding always comes naturally or is easy. Many moms struggle with pain, low milk supply, and other breastfeeding problems and often don’t have the support they need. In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and author of Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck. She is also the owner ...

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In the U.S., a whopping 40% of food is wasted, and some of it starts at the grocery store and in our kitchens. We may purchase more than we consume, toss perfectly good food scraps, food that’s past a certain date, or leftovers that no one wants to touch. Although the intention is to eat everything we buy, our kids are picky and we’re super-busy too, so it’s not always realistic. If you want to how to reduce food waste at home, how...

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If you have picky eaters, you’ve probably tried everything to get them to eat their veggies: new recipes, sneaking vegetables into meals, and making their meals into food art. It can be really frustrating, but no matter how picky your kids are, there are ways to encourage them to eat their vegetables without a ton of work and stress. 

In this episode, I sat down with Nikki Dinki, foodie, chef, TV host, comedy writer, and author of ...

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Although we’re all well-meaning parents, oftentimes we fall into a trap of trying to encourage or even coerce our kids to eat. We say things like “just take a bite,” “try it, you might like it,” or “but you ate it last week!” No matter what we say, however, it either doesn’t work or it backfires and we all leave the table feeling totally discouraged. The goods news is that picky eating can be a thing of the past with some simple tw...

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Starting solids is one of the most exciting times for new parents and their babies. There are no shortage of options when it comes to store-bought and organic baby food delivery solutions, yet not all are created equal. Companies often market their products as healthy and call out certain ingredients and superfoods, but many baby food options are actually fruit-heavy, super-sweet, don’t have a ton of vegetables, and lack the balanc...

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School might be out for the summer, but whether your kids are at camp or at home, packing and serving lunch is a task that never stops. If you’re feeling bored, uninspired, or frustrated because they won’t eat what you pull together, you need some new, healthy lunch ideas for kids. In this episode, I sat down with Gillian Fein, creator of LaLa Lunchbox, the best-selling meal planning app that empowers kids to have a voice in the ag...

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Seeds aren’t something we often think about feeding babies, toddlers, or big kids, yet in recent years, there’s been a growing interest in them. In fact, U.S. Google searches for chia seeds, in particular, have grown a whopping 800% since 2009. If you're a mom starting your baby on solids, or trying to get more plant-based, healthy options in your kid’s diet, you might have wondered about chia seeds’ benefits and if other seeds...
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The summer is in full swing and whether your kids will be in camp, you’ll be traveling, or staying close to home, one thing you can count on is that they’ll be asking for plenty of snacks. Although snacks made with organic foods are ideal, they’re not all created equal. Many options may still have pesticides, heavy metals, and toxins, which we definitely don’t want in our kids’ bodies, but figuring out whether a product is clean or...
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Starting solids is one of the most exciting milestones for you and your baby. Whether you’re serving up purees or following baby-led weaning, offering a wide variety of new flavors, tastes, and textures can lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. When it comes to feeding baby solids, however, it’s important that they’re exposed to vegetables frequently and from the start which helps to foster a love for these fo...
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One of the most common questions for parents of newborns is how can you prevent a food allergy? A whopping 5.6 million kids in the U.S. have food allergies, and for their parents, keeping them safe is no easy feat. They spend so much of their time preventing accidental exposures and allergic reactions. They avoid foods, read food labels, ask questions, talk to people who care for their child, have care plans, and carry epinephrine....
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Whether your kid won’t eat fruits and vegetables, refuses to try new foods, resists certain tastes or textures, or won’t eat much of anything at all, you’re not alone. A recent survey out of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 35% of parents say they deal with picky eating behaviors. As a result, finding healthy meals for picky eaters, that are kid-friendly and easy and convenient for parents is no easy feat.  In this episode,...
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Welcome to season 6 of the podcast, which is focused entirely on mompreneurs who are solving for the issues around feeding kids. In this episode, I sat down with Lauren Rockteacher, founder of Smash Cake, to talk about healthy first birthday cake alternatives and added sugars in baby and toddler foods.  When Lauren’s son was about to turn one, she wanted to have a smash cake for his birthday—and all the adorable photos that went al...
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During pregnancy, we get information about what to expect, what tests we need, and what’s safe and what’s not. Yet when it comes to what to eat while you’re pregnant, healthcare providers usually don’t have much information to provide and what women do get is often confusing, and may even be misguided.  In this episode, I sat down with Aimee Aristotelous, a certified nutritionist specializing in prenatal, gluten-free, and ketogenic...
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Like anything else in parenting, when it comes to feeding our kids, sometimes we bring in ideas and pre-conceived notions about food, meals, and eating habits and the right way to raise healthy eaters.  Some of it comes from our own experiences in childhood, or from family, friends, or social media and we quickly realize what we think should work, isn’t working.  Therefore, if we want to raise healthy eaters, we need to be flexible...
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April 12, 2022 42 min
Between tons of websites, social media, and books, there’s a lot of information and advice available for parents of picky eaters. Unfortunately, a lot of it isn’t evidence-based or true, leaving parents to feel frustrated and think that getting their kids to eat better is a lost cause.  In this episode, I sat down with Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Kids Eat in Color®, a public health co...
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During pregnancy, you’re more aware of your health, and what’s safe and what’s not, and you learn about certain conditions that can occur, like gestational diabetes. According to a 2021 study in JAMA, rates of gestational diabetes have increased 30% in the last decade. While there’s no denying that gestational diabetes can lead to complications, you may not be getting the whole story.  In this interview, I sat down with Lily Nichol...
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