The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids is designed to guide people to a more natural way of eating. The Organic Nanny is a wonderful resource for anyone who is concerned about the foods they feed their family. The author teaches you how to make realistic choices for your family that will help you eat healthier without your children rebelling completely. If you are looking for more books about healthy eating, check out my review of Whole Foods to Thrive By.
The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids
Subtitle: How to Create a Natural Diet and Lifestyle for Your Child
Author: Barbara Rodriguez
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (February 28, 2012)
Format/Length: 272 pages
My Rating: 5 stars out of 5!
Organic Nanny’s Review
I have always gotten a bit of slack from my friends for the way I feed my kids. Organic milk, locally raised meat, smoothies and tons of fruits and vegetables make up the majority of our diet. I am not saying that is ALL we eat. I have been known to let them indulge in the occasional fast food meal, carbonated beverage or sweetened cereal but those are rare treats.
The introduction of this book gives the reader a look into how the author’s childhood guided her ideas about food. Her grandmother (or Tata) played a significant part in instilling the idea that eating whole foods and living a natural life made a significant impact on a person’s health and well-being. Those ideas are the foundation for The Organic Nanny.
Tips for Raising Healthy Kids
The purpose of this book is to help guide you to a more natural way of eating. The author teaches you how to wean your family off of processed foods and eliminate artificial sweeteners. She shows us how to incorporate real foods and whole grains into even the busiest of lifestyles. She encourages people to avoid factory farmed meats and toxin-laden dairy products. Beyond food, she also discusses healing your family with natural remedies and avoiding toxic chemicals in your beauty routine.
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Health Case Studies
There are numerous case studies scattered throughout the book and while many of them might be a bit extreme there ARE people who have children that only eat pop-tarts and chocolate milk. That idea is frightening and the author is quick to point out that YOU (the adult!) are the one responsible for bringing food into your home. She encourages parents to make smarter choices when it comes to shopping and change gradually so as to not shock your children completely.
I thought the discussion of food addiction was particularly interesting. Apparently, junk food can be addictive and scientists have actually proven that with animal models!
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How to Analyze Your Diet
The author encourages people to analyze their diets and figure out which areas need to be changed. She says all you need is L.O.V.E. (Local , Organic, Vegetable-centric, vegetarian, or vegan (your choice), and Environmentally conscious) I think that is a great summary of what our diets should be made of! And she provides common sense, practical ways to achieve a more natural diet. There are many tips, tricks, and recipe ideas to help transition your kids from fast food to real food. She tells you what to avoid if you are buying pre-made products (transfats, artificial flavors, and many others) and then gives you healthy snack suggestions like whole grain cookies and flavored rice cakes.
The Organic Nanny is a wonderful resource for anyone who is concerned about raising healthy kids. The author teaches you how to make realistic choices for your family that will help you eat healthier without your children rebelling completely.
About Barbara Rodriguez :
Barbara was humanized at an early age by the same harsh conditions that many Haitian children live in today. Her one inspiration was her grandmother, “Tata,” who instilled in her a love for organic, whole foods and holistic healing. “Tata” taught her to listen from the heart.” What I’ve learned from Tata is how to listen for those answers, really listen, to a child who is sick or unhappy or having trouble communicating, and to find the remedies–whether whole foods, natural cures, or behavioral lessons–that will actually help.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.