Can I be a good mom and not choose organic?

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I get that question a lot, and I answer, “Absolutely.” As Americans become more aware of food allergies and food safety, new terms have become mainstream: gluten-free, vegan, going organic, and more. We all want to know what’s healthiest, what’s dangerous, and how we can provide the best food for our families. But the marketplace…

Connecting Real Food to Spiritual Health

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Good food. The phrase means different things to different people. Aside from the obvious (parents: vegetables; kids: candy!), even our location—farm, suburban, urban—affects how we access food and think about nutrition. Connecting City To Farm, a nonprofit organization founded by Kris Habashy, connects food producers and consumers by teaching families about safe and affordable nutrition through…

Why New Dads Should Go on a Post-Partum Diet

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If there’s one four-letter word I can’t stand, it’s the one heard most often in January: diet. Maybe I should blame it on being raised as a Baptist. It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned a church event could occur without food. Or I could blame it on genetics. Gratefully (so far),…

Kids’ Summer Cooking School: Ice Cream in a Bag

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One of my favorite date nights is attending a cooking class with my honey-pie. We cook together, we eat chocolate and/or steak, and sip wine. It’s so very romantic! I’ve always wanted to enroll our kids in the classes as well, but they are too expensive for our budget. Our library offers kid’s cooking classes occasionally…

Five Ways to Get Kids Involved With Mealtime

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Involvement breeds ownership, and that is true in corporations as well as the family kitchen. Kids especially are more likely to eat food that they have a sense of ownership over. If you’d like to make mealtimes more peaceful in your household, get your kids involved. They will learn valuable skills, and you’ll learn a…

Strategies For Changing Mealtimes From War Zone to Wonderful

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Do you dread meal times? Is there strife in your household over food and eating? Your child may not eat for a number of reasons. Physical: growth rate, allergies, or snacking Environmental: distractions, tiredness, or food fixation Psychological: an eating disorder, unpleasant textures, or power struggles Consider spending time in prayer to determine how those…

Help! My Kids Won’t Eat

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Do your meal times involve begging, pleading, bargaining, threatening, and crying . . . all from the parents? Do you long for a peaceful family meal where the topics of conversation are anything besides food? Are you tired of stressing out over what, where, and how much food your kids are eating? If so, let’s…