This new book by Ellyn Satter breaks the spell of negativity and fear that permeates our eating. Ellyn Satter empowers and inspires us to love - and cook - our favorite foods and teach our children to do the same. Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family helps us past the barriers to getting a meal on the table - and eating it.
Kelcy Press, 2008, 292 pages, index, appendixes.
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1. The Secret in a Nutshell. When the joy goes out of eating, nutrition suffers.
PART I, HOW TO EAT
Prologue. The eating competence model says to celebrate eating and take good care of yourself with food. It says nothing about what or how much to eat.
2. Adjust Your Attitude. Competent eaters enjoy food and eating. They feel it is okay to eat food that they like in amounts they find satisfying.3. Honor Your Appetite. Appetite is compelling, but it can be satisfied.
4 Eat as Much as You Want. Essential to eating's rich reward is having enough to eat.
5 Feed Yourself Faithfully. To develop the meal habit, prioritize pleasure.
Epilogue. Eating competence is made up of the permission to eat food you enjoy in amounts you find satisfying and the discipline to feed yourself regularly and reliably and pay attention while you eat.
PART II, HOW TO RAISE GOOD EATERS
Prologue. Provided parents do their jobs with feeding, children eat as much or as little as they need and grow predictably.
6 The Feeding Relationship. Maintain a division of responsibility: Parents do the what, when, and where of feeding; Children do the how much and whether of eating.
7 Stuff to Know to Have Family Meals. How to have pleasant mealtimes: Orchestrate snacks; Make wise use of controlled substances; Manage family meals in restaurants.
Epilogue. When raising children, give it your best effort, find out if it works, then tinker with it.
PART III, HOW TO COOK
Prologue. To celebrate eating and take good care of yourself with food, cook, and keep on cooking.
8. How to Get Cooking. Build a foundation for being a good, fast, efficient, and wholesome cook.
9. How to Keep Cooking. Like eating, cooking can be an energizing creative act.
10. Enjoy Vegetables and Fruits. Eat vegetables and fruits because you enjoy them, not because you feel obligated.
11. Planning to Get You Cooking. Planning can be used or abused. Use planning to lower your stress level, not to pile on jobs.
12. Shopping to Get You Cooking. To plan and cook a meal - or to grab the ingredients to throw one together - you have to shop.
13. Choosing Food. Optimism, self-trust and adventure are good motivators. Negativity, fear, and avoidance are not..
Epilogue. Mastery in any of the three areas - how to eat, how to raise good eaters and how to cook - increases your mastery in the other two.
Plus 17 appendixes in all, including:
Interpreting and Using the ecSatter Inventory (ecSI)
What the Research Says about Meals
What Surveys Say about Our Eating
BMI, Mortality, Morbidity, and Health: Resolving the Weight Dilemma
Energy Balance and Weight
The Story of Sharon
Select Foods That Help Regulation
Nutrition Education in the Schools
Children and Food Regulation: The Research
Children and Food Acceptance: The Research
Iron in Your Child's Diet
Diet and Degenerative Disease: It's Not as Bad as You Think
Children, Dietary Fat, and Heart Disease: You Don't Have to Panic
A Primer on Dietary Fat
Sodium in Your Diet
Interpreting the News
Eating Competence and Feeding Dynamics Resources
What Others Say
This book is full of practical advice and solid nutrition information, supported by scientific research. Satter is one of the world's foremost authorities on feeding children, and her new book makes an important contribution to sound nutrition, emotional health and positive family relationships.
Healthy Weight Journal
I love this book! I just made another fabulous dinner for my family using the recipes from Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family. Ellyn tells you how to get started the night before, how to cook and even how to involve your child. Who knew cooking and eating a balanced dinner could be so fun!
Jennifer Hoots, parent
I just wanted to say thank you so much for researching and thinking through what is valid in eating behavior, concepts that I always felt in my gut, but didn't have the time to verify. Now I can just refer to you. You're my hero (even though one of my friends says it is pretty weird to have a dietitian for a hero)!
Lisa Van Dyke, Nutrition Educator