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Dina’s Top Ten Tips: Translating Nutrition into Behavior

  • Taste preferences are more nurture than nature.  Read More.
  • Don’t serve marginal foods or use questionable strategies to get nutrients into your kids. It’ll ruin both their short- and long-term eating habits. Read More.
  • Never ask children to eat new foods. Ask them to taste a pea-sized sample and describe what they’ve tasted instead.  Read More.
  • Commit to The Rotation Rule: Don’t serve the same item two days in a row and deliberately rotate through different tastes and textures. Read More.
  • Serve a fruit and/or a vegetable at every meal and every snack—every darned day. And be satisfied with one Happy Bite. Read More.
  • Stop pressuring your kids to eat and start serving smaller portions. Read More.
  • Improve the quality of your kids’ snacks. It will improve how your kids eat and it will change YOUR life. Read More.
  • Talk to your kids about eating behavior more than you talk to them about nutrition. See the world of food and eating through your kids’ eyes. Read More.
  • Clearly delineate eating and non-eating times. Don’t let your toddler eat on demand. Read More.
  • It’s just as important to teach your kids why, when and how much to eat as it is teach them what to eat. Don’t feed your kids when they’re bored, sad or lonely (or because you need to buy some quiet time). Read More.  Read Even More.


Core Principles

  • All children can learn to eat right
  • Change how your children eat by changing how you interact with them around food.
  • Eating right is a skill. Figure out what your kids need to learn and teach it to them.
  • Focus on shaping habits first. Good nutrition will naturally follow.