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The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat—and Eat Healthy


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  1. 12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Resource for Frustrated Parents, October 13, 2011
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    Rational Independent (Port Orchard, wa United States) –

    This review is from: The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat—and Eat Healthy (Paperback)

    Another wonderful resource for parents from Elizabeth Pantley. True to her style, she is encouraging and supporting of parents who are struggling, frustrated, and exhausted with the food battles of our little one.

    The No Cry Picky Eater Solution covers two “major” areas – the first, how to ensure your child is getting the nutrition they need (with excellent charts on what this is for various age groups – realistic charts that can actually be implemented), the second area, how to increase your child’s repertoire of foods they will actually eat.

    For the first point, Eliabeth provides ways to increase the nutritional value in what your child will currently eat by hiding healthy items in currently “acceptable” foods, by slowly transitioning into healthier choices (adding 1/3 whole wheat pasta to the standard box of macaroni and cheese), as well as a whole section of recipes (supplied by various authors) on how to add more nutrition to what you are baking or cooking… including wonderful catchy names for these foods – Lord of the Apple Rings & Pink Potatoes.

    To the second point… how to increase what your child will actually eat. Elizabeth provides very helpful information on how children develop their sense of taste, how this is developmental and not established at birth – this leads to a different way to conceptualize what the “battle” is actually about and how to approach it. This area was our biggest challenge in our home… we had done the “sneaky” approach of getting nutrition in our son (now 4) but wanted him to “want” the asparagus and other “healthy choices”.

    Over the last three weeks, we have implemented and used some of the techniques – in the very large section on Tips, Tricks, & Tactics (nearly 70 pages) and have honestly been surprised at the positive results – tasting foods of different texture, shape, colour as well as using this while on vacation which Elizabeth addresses how eating out with children is another separate challenge. An example she uses in the book is how the grilled cheese sandwich at home looks very different at a restuarant… armed with her suggestions, we tested this theory with our son, ordering the always rejected grilled cheese sandwich from the restuarant and used some of her suggestions and amazingly, he not only tried it, but “chose” that he liked it and ate it.

    I highly recommend this book to parents who are exhausted, feel they have given up or are about to, and who just want mealtime to not be approached with anxiety, stress, and fights.

    Thank you Elizabeth for another wonderful book that is already producing results in areas we had nearly given up on!!

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  2. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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    A helpful and reasonable book!, October 20, 2011
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    Kristine Munroe “Kristine” (West Newton, MA) –
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    This review is from: The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat—and Eat Healthy (Paperback)

    I love Elizabeth Pantley, but I still felt a little bit of anxiety before opening the book. I braced myself thinking that I was going to read about how I was doing everything wrong in terms of trying to feed my picky eater – I’m not strict enough, I hide veggies in other food, it’s all my fault he’s so picky, etc.

    Instead, the book was comforting to me. It places no blame on the parents and instead chalks picky eating up to biology. It urges flexibility, which was VERY validating for me to read because I know that with my generation kids were frequently forced to sit still and clean their plate, something I never felt was fair. All of the tips in the book are totally reasonable (nothing impossible or even stressful) and they work well for my family.

    The book also does recommend “hiding” healthy foods in other foods and includes some recipes that made my mouth water. I haven’t tried them yet, but intend to soon.

    Pantley’s approach is nonjudgmental, helpful, and like her other books – gentle. This might be my favorite of her books.

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  3. 41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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    As straightforward as it says: Eat Healthy Feel Great, May 3, 2005
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    Beverley Ernst (San Diego, CA) –
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    -Puts the revised 2005 Food Pyramid designers to shame with its straightforward, clear approach (versus the revised pyramid ‘stripes’ that are supposed to indicate how much of each fod group to eat but who can figure it out at a glance?)

    Its concept for green / orange / red light foods is straightforward, extremely well presented and easy to understand and APPLY. The book provides clear and convincing explanations about each food group and their particular effects on your body. Surprisingly comprehensive introduction to key nutriets is also covered. Illustrations are appealing, colors of each food are accurate and therefore relatable for children (many other kids ‘food’ books are NOT!) While the illustrations are simple, they are easy to identify and relate to and several are funny and gain laughs.

    The typical obstacles for trying new foods is addressed, so kids start off knowing that these great greenlight foods may look and taste a little different but you quickly grow to like them and also that we can train our taste buds. Its straightforward approach provides convincing reasons for eating healthy – even ‘grown-ups’ may be surprised at just how clear the message is for such a relatively short book.

    My five year old is sharing with his Kindergarten friends why the hydrogenated oils and coloring are not good for one’s body and showing an interest in reading food labels.

    This resource provides parents with a strong resource for arming children with appealing reasons to begin to make good food choices in such a carb/sugar overloaded environment and help them understand why their fresh veg, nut, yogurt, fruit lunches and snacks help them grow healthy and feel good far more than the donuts their best friend brings to school.

    I highly recommend this book for a family library shelf and also as a gift book. Note: Although this book is marked for Pre-Schoolers, in my view it would be appropriate through age 7 or 8 yrs because it has such a rare combination of simple yet superior reasons without any babytalk. The sad thing is that most of us grown ups need a copy too. Other books which are good on this general topic are Lizzy Rockwells. Her books have more detail and more explanations with illustrations featuring digestive systems etc. Her “Busy Bodies” is as good for fitness discussions as “Eat Healthy Feel Great” is for food choice discussions. By the way; for older kids say 9 plus will love “Food Rules! The Stuff You Munch, Its Crunch, Its Punch, and Why You Sometimes Lose Your Lunch” by Bill Haduch. Pre-Teens and teens will actually read it because the language, approach, illustrations and especially the ‘footnotes’ are hilarious, engrossing and clear.

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  4. 29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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    Building Good Nutritional Habits, October 9, 2002
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    czkathy (Maryland Heights, MO United States) –

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    What a wonderful resource for parents who are trying to “do the right thing” — to teach their children healthy eating habits in the midst of a society that promotes the fast, processed, and packaged. Dr. Sears categorizes food into green light/yellow light/red light groups, and it’s a concept my children (ages 2, 4) readily understand. The text is simple and clear, and the message is presented in a fun way. This book would be a big help to any parents interested in changing their families’ eating habits for the better. There are parts in the book that are just for parents: they explain nutrition, as well as make suggestions on how to incorporate more “green light” foods in the family’s meals. My children enjoy this book. They ask for it by name — we’ve read it dozens of times.

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  5. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    Perfect way to introduce children to the concept of Nutrition, February 8, 2007
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    Nikol Le Vine “poet17” (San Diego, CA United States) –
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    I purchased this book because I’ve enjoyed some of the other books by Dr. Sears, and thought it would be a good way to teach my kids about making good food choices. I was expecting a very basic discussion of eating right – the “eat more veggies and fruits” and “stay away from junk” type discussion that we’ve heard a million times. I was very pleasantly surprised to find the book covering more in depth nutritional topics, like partially hydrogenated oils or refined sugar/flour. But they’re presented in a very accessible way that’s easy for children to understand. The book also talks about the need to drink plenty of water. The green-yellow-red food organization works well. I’m glad that the book doesn’t try to tell you that you can never have treats like cake or pizza – just that that you don’t want to eat too many, too often. The book also comes with a small poster that shows the “traffic light foods.” We hung it on our fridge, and now both of our children evaluate what they’re eating using the Green-Yellow-Red model. The message has really made an impression on my kids. Sometimes when we’re in the store and my kindergartener reaches for junk food, I can tell him it’s a Red Light food, and immediately he understands and stops asking for it. I’m so impressed. This book is truly an asset to families. I’d recommend it to anyone.

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