Kids Stomach BugsYour child may be "healthy as a horse," as the saying goes, but horses get sick too.And kids go to school and out to restaurants,and what they eat there may not be what you would want them to eat.So you try to figure out:

  • what to offer at home
  • how to make the best of eating "out"
  • how to get more fruits or vegetables in
  • what to do if your child gets a stomach bug
  • what you can do to help her or him perform better as an athlete and as a student
  • how to prevent allergies or obesity and the problems that go with it
  • if you should give a vitamin, or iron, or a probiotic, or a prebiotic
  • the best sources for various vitamins or minerals
  • or the answers to a hundred different questions

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New Mom or Dad? Trying to decide WHEN and HOW to transition your baby to “real” food?  Many of you may be battling this predicament. Kaeti Lindsay, a Registered Dietitian based in Alabama, offers some insight into “Baby-Led Weaning,” an alternative approach that has gained recent attention. -- Dr. Stan

What is Baby Led Weaning (BLW)?

Forbes magazine recently reported on a Nielsen study (B Kowitt, The Rise of the Ailment Shopper, November 2016, p 14) that focused on the amount of food purchased to help our various ailments.  Turns out 39% of food shoppers suffer from some condition, and that of course drives their buying.  The 7.3 million families with a diabetic in the home for example spend $45.8 billion food retailers; overweight families spend $55.4 billion on low fat and low sugar foods.

Child eating high carbohydrate crackers

Trying to get a picky eater to eat better?  Twice today and once yesterday, parents came to see me because their children wouldn't eat.  When I took a complete history, I found that wasn't entirely true. They were eating, or at least putting what passed for food into their mouths, and they were gaining some weight, but….

A study commissioned by the New York State Attorney General has found that six different types of herbal supplements sold in GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens stores do not contain what their label says they do.

According to the widely reported story, DNA testing of hundreds of bottles of the supplements found that 80% contained none of the herbs appearing on the label at all.   Instead, they were packed with fillers such as wheat, rice, houseplants and beans according to the report.

We don’t judge whether you have enough vitamin D just based on what you eat anymore.  In part that's because the sources of the vitamin are both sun exposure and diet.  They aren't the same every day and they really aren't the critical issue.

Foods High in Dietary Fiber

When I was growing up, my mother insisted I get plenty of roughage in my diet.  That's what fiber was called in the past.  And that's basically what it is. Roughage, the parts of plant food that we as humans don't have the enzymes to digest and absorb.  

I enjoyed my recent opportunity to speak with a number of customers at Kroger Supermarkets when I was there signing copies of What to Feed Your Baby. Some had come because they heard my interviews at WSB (that felt particularly wonderful). And some were shoppers that had specific questions they wanted to address, with implications far beyond childhood.

For the child who

  • Rushes out of the house without time for breakfast
  • Fills up on carbs (muffins or waffles or toast) for breakfast
  • Is having trouble gaining weight • is constipated
  • Eats few fruits or vegetables
  • Needs a healthy snack after school

I have the solution-literally -- one that many kids (and adults) love. And it is so simple. Blend together:

I am amazed at how many parents tell me their children won't eat or they'll just eat a few foods --and usually those foods are breads, pasta, pizza and potatoes--maybe with a chicken nugget or a little protein or one fruit thrown in (when they're coaxed).  Some of these children are underweight-but just some.  Far more are normal size and some are actually overweight, filling up on these foods and often on sugary drinks to wash them down.

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