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A little cookbook, filled with a mighty message! Written by a former teacher and mental health pro, this new cookbook takes parents by the hand as she walks them along a path to advoiding excess weight gains, while inducing and maintaining weight loss with ease, flavor and affordable food and activities!
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Randi L. Levin
Randi L. Levin
From the moment you open this book, you will become entranced at just how easy it really is to raise healthier kids rather than those burdened with too much excess weight afflicting their bodies and health. It is a fact that when your child is severely overweight and potentially obese, their risk of developing devastating diseases and social stigmas significantly increases. Yet this is not a diet book, or how to raise trim and fit kids cookbook. Instead the author walks you along a path toward first accepting that your child has an overweight issue and then how to make moderate changes in your family’s eating and behavioral habits with ease and memorable, affordable flavors and activities. This path is not difficult to maneuver, but it does take a lot of love, dedication and a smidgen of effort to ensure your child’s health.
While the supportive recipes are scrumptious the author uses years of experience helping children and families overcome obstacles to guide you toward raising healthier kids. She offers various ways to get your kids more physically active, even if they are not athletic, and how to instill the security of rules, of course with the kids input. She instructs you in adjusting serving sizes for inducing and maintaining weight loss, and overcoming the addiction of overeating just because there’s more food to be devoured. She even offers a win-win response when your kids and family members begin to whine, complain and comically threaten that they are starving. Overall moms and dads, she knows that often it is hard to ask for help, thus she guides you with an experienced hand toward avoiding raising severely overweight and obese kids with ease, flavor and affordability.
I wrote this book because I care, no other reason. Years ago when I worked with children and the occasional parent, helping them overcome obstacles in their path to a more beneficial life, I sometimes came across an overweight child who appeared happy on the outside, but lonely and sad on the inside. Sure, he/she laughed along with the fat jokes, played the anchoring weight in the tug of war game, and played in the game of life with an ever-present smile. However, I also observed this same child gorging on various foods when he/she thought no one was looking, possibly in an effort to fill the loneliness within. I wanted to reach out and help these kids, but didn’t know how at the time. Now I do!
Please know that this is not a diet book, nor a book on nutrition or how to raise ‘thin’ kids, as we all have different body types. The information and recipes shared in the following pages are offered as a tool to help you raise healthier kids, rather than those burdened by being overweight and at risk of developing weight related diseases.
Raising overweight children does not imply that you are a bad parent, but it does mean that you need to make some better food decisions for your kids. Only you can ensure that your children grow up without excess weight and associated diseases afflicting their bodies.
Sure, change can initially be viewed as difficult, but please have no fear as your love will be your guide and the changes are moderate, tasty and inexpensive. Actually, all you really need to do is pay a bit more attention to what kind and how much food they are eating; while adding some physical activity into their daily routines, ensuring that their muscles develop adequately. The activity portion is easier than you think, as it could be digging a garden, mowing a neighbor’s lawn, shoveling snow or joining a YMCA or Recreation Center as a helper. Not all children are athletic, but they do make great helpers. Altering eating habits is easier than you may think too, as it doesn’t involve slaving away in the kitchen all day, or counting calories and nutrients. Instead it involves making fewer trips to fast food restaurants, ordering less take-out, serving fewer prepackaged foods, less sugar filled treats and beverages, and eliminating super- sized servings. You see, all you really need to do is love your kids a little bit more, while feeding them a little bit less!
Their future is in your hands!
Randi/The Muffin Lady
A Good Idea--"Love More Feed Less
12/3/2010 9:54:00 AM
A good idea - 'Love More-Feed Less' Joyce LaabsFeatures Editor
I liked the approach in "Love More-Feed Less - A Tasty Path Toward Avoiding Childhood Obesity," by Randi Lee Levin/The Muffin Lady. As the author said, "This is not a diet book, nor a book on nutrition or how to raise 'thin kids,' as we all have different body types. The information and recipes in the book are offered as a tool to help you raise healthier kids, rather than those burdened by being overweight and at risk of developing weight-related diseases."It really is a cookbook, and that is what would appeal to me if I were a parent of an obese child. She gets right down to the basics, and really does make things relatively simple.First, Levin says, you must acknowledge you child has weight issues - and that can be difficult for many parents, thinking it is a reflection on them.How do you recognize that your child is gaining too much weight. Here's what to look for:• Does he/she have a few extra rolls on their body that too soft when compared to other children of the same age?• Are their muscles growing adequately or is your child's belly, arms and legs lumpy?• Do they skip meals in favor of sweet and/or salty alternatives?Once you have determined your child is gaining too much weight. What to do?Levin offers advice - and, unlike many others - it is specific advice. Even someone new at cooking can follow her instructions. She goes to the spice rack and tells you which spices to use with which food to make them tasty. She does the same with commercial sauces and condiments.And more help.• Skip the fast food and skip the takeout. Levin is an advocate of the homemade and offers many great, easy-to-make recipes and helpful hints.• Your children will model your eating habits, so be a good model. How? Even more good recipes to help you be a good example for what to eat and drink.• Control the amount of food you put on a plate - especially the amount on the male members of the family. • Get your child more physically active - with great suggestions on how to do it. • Add more fruits and vegetables to their diets.• How to help your sick child feel better sooner, with a recipe for "Feel Better Tea."And, all of the above is just a little taste of what you will find between the covers of "Love More Feed Less." I think what I liked best is that this is not a "preachy" book, but an "action" book - with specifics, and lots and lots of recipes.Author Randi Levin was raised in Philadelphia and introduced to the preparation of good food in her grandmothers' kitchens long before she entered school. While in high school she began acquiring the skills necessary for helping others at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, a facility she would return to for training and employment. She received training as a teacher and a health professional. She was living in Colorado in the early 1990s when she developed a medical condition. It meant that she now had to reach others in a different way. She did with her cookbooks, "Baking at High Altitude" and "Sharing Mountain Ranges." Today she is an internationally-awarded culinary author.The 216-page soft cover book sells for $12.Joyce Laabs may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloverhill Book Reviews/ Love More Feed Less by Randi Lee Levin
Love More Feed Less by Randi Lee Levin
Title: Love More Feed Less
Author: Randi Lee Levin
Publisher: The Muffin Lady Inc.
Published: Nov 2010 (not currently available in UK)
Author's website: http://www.themuffinlady.com/
The cover in this is comical, but it gets the message across. Over-feeding your family and those you love will not help their health.
I was intrigued when a review of this was requested. It's not been long since Jamie Oliver aired his food revolution about saving America's health by changing the way schools and families ate....something which is just as applicable in the UK. As a family we were shocked by the amount of junk food available on main menus in schools, and in the homes of those shown.....anyway, I digress, I jumped at the chance to review this, as I'm always looking for better ways to help our family.
As a reader I felt as if Randi was taking me by the hand and gently giving me advice, the kind of advice I'd receive from a close relative if needed. It comes across as no nonsense, and shows you how to tell if your child is overweight, and how you can help change their foods for the better. A lot of what is in here I think is common sense. If you're a family which has these issues then this book will expand your comfort zones and help you realise that change is a good thing. What Randi encourages you to do is cook from scratch (something I do most of the time).
Some of the recipes sound delicious, eg 'Heavenly Mashed Potatoes' - I'd never thought of adding cauliflower to mash, swede yes, cauliflower...I'll try it. If you're a Brit reader (if this becomes available in the UK), it may be helpful to have a Brit/US glossary...I know what Zucchini's are...but Acorn Squash?? Is that Butternut Squash? I'm not sure.
I enjoyed the information that was dotted around for those with diary intolerance (1 member of our family has this). I do disagree with a few of the statements made...'In summary, children will eat the food choices you give them' Hmmm, this one for me is hard to swallow, maybe I need toughing up more when it comes to being rigid with meals. Last niggly one, Randi suggests that kids could eat 3 cookies a day, or maybe a Giant Chipper Oat Cookie - which would take a child all day to eat...you haven't met my kids :O) A cookie wouldn't last a day with them, and I'm fine with that as they aren't obese. (I should I add, the cookies we make aren't plate sized). They only have cookies about once a week, not everyday....but Randi's point is probably geared to someone who feeds their child excessive amounts of cookies in that case. Some of the generalizations in the pages won't be applicable to everyone I guess. I can see where this book would help those who need it though, and as the main cook in the family it's given me food for thought, and some great recipes to try.
Randi encourages you to get creative. I like the idea of encouraging exercise...even if a child doesn't like sports, get them to help out in a sports group or similar, in time they'll become part of that community and gain respect and more self esteem through it, I like the idea...not sure how it would work in practice though.
All in all, I love the recipes and am looking forward to trying them out. I like the easy no nonsense approach that Randi gives, and the illustrations dotted around the book are fun also. The mantra 'Love More, Feed Less' is a good one!
Love More Feed Less Review by Chef Suzanne McGarry
The book, in one word is AMAZING. I've never read one other person who so wonderfully communicates the power of a well-prepared, home-cooked meal into the power of the heart!
CLEARLY, your love and knowledge of kids comes straight across; and the way you write to parents comes across as an intimate conversation packed with personal narratives that bring your messages 'home'; especially with the helpful hints, tips and variations that come across as if you were a close friend chatting over a cup tea.
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