Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup


Bring "peas and harmony" to the family table with Food Fights, 2nd edition!

Knowing what to feed children is one thing. Getting them to eat it is quite another!
In Food Fights, 2nd edition, the authors tastefully blend the science of nutrition and pediatrics with the practical insights of parents who have been in your shoes―offering simple solutions for your daily nutritional challenges. Whether you've got an infant, toddler, or young child, ...

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Bring "peas and harmony" to the family table with Food Fights, 2nd edition!

Knowing what to feed children is one thing. Getting them to eat it is quite another!
In Food Fights, 2nd edition, the authors tastefully blend the science of nutrition and pediatrics with the practical insights of parents who have been in your shoes―offering simple solutions for your daily nutritional challenges. Whether you've got an infant, toddler, or young child, Food Fights promises entertaining, reality-based advice on:

▪ How to pick your battles (and arm yourself accordingly)
▪ Whining and dining, throwing food, and other dietary distractions
▪ Heaping helpings, TV dinners, fast food, and other nutritional minefields
▪ Eating out, grocery shopping, and travel
▪ The 5-second rule
▪ Drinking and dozing, juice, soda pop, and other classic drinking problems
▪ Sick kids, vitamins, body weight, allergies, constipation, spitting up…and so much more!

This revised second edition also includes new chapters on healthy breakfasts, what's lacking in snacking, and supermarket sanity, and serves up important guidance on making sense of package labels and choosing foods wisely. Add the cornucopia of resources such as recipes for success, a nutrient primer, and phone apps that help families stay on a tech-savvy track to good nutrition and this new and improved edition of Food Fights is guaranteed to leave you satisfied.

Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards -- 2008 Gold Recipient!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Presents a no-fuss approach to helping young children develop the healthy eating habits that will see them through a lifetime. Its delightful tone makes it a joy to read and refer to, over and over again."  —Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler 

 "Food Fights makes it clear that raising children who are healthy eaters requires good role models for healthy eating. The tips provided throughout the book make it easy for parents to be those healthy role models." —Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA, Nutrition Consultant 

"Drs. Jana and Shu know their stuff! Their clever book and sound advice will help you and your kids eat, drink…. AND be merry!"
—Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, author, DVD/book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block

"Another fantastic guide from Drs. Jana and Shu! Food Fights helps parents find a realistic middle ground between what their child should be eating and what their child is actually willing to consume." – Lisa Singer Moran, former executive editor, Baby Talk magazine

Food Fights should be mandatory reading for anyone responsible for feeding an infant, toddler, or young child. In their characteristically easy-to-read, humorous fashion, these two pediatrician moms have created the perfect tool to help parents and caregivers instill healthy eating habits, avoid temper tantrums, dodge flying vegetables and, above all else, maintain a healthy attitude toward the nutritional challenges of parenthood!”—Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, editor in chief, The Wonder Years and editorial board advisor, Healthy Children Magazine

“The authors of Food Fights have done a great job! This book will go far in continuing to help parents lay the ground work for excellent nutrition.” 
—Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, editor of A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity, A Road Map to Health, and Director of the Weight-Management Program at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE

“Encouraging, compassionate, and clear for its compelling nutrition messages, this book will be a comprehensive source of information for any parent trying to guide their children to healthy eating habits and lives. I especially like how the up-to-date nutrition information is translated into real life situations.” — Connie Guttersen, RD, PhD, author, The Sonoma Diet

Food Fights gives thorough, practical, fun-to-read advice for parents as they tackle some of parenthood’s most difficult challenges.”—Claire McCarthy, MD, pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Boston; pediatrics instructor, Harvard Medical School; and contributing editor, Parenting Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581105858
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 559,304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and proud mother of 3. Having cofounded The Dr. Spock Company, Dr. Jana has since provided her reality-parenting advice to academic institutions, non-profits, major corporations, and media outlets nationwide, including CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and NPR. As a parenting and children's book author, she is also founder of Practical Parenting Consulting, advisor to the Walt Disney Internet Group and American Baby magazine, media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and owner of Primrose School of Legacy -- an educational child care center in Omaha, NE.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician and mother in Atlanta, GA. A frequent guest on national and local television, radio, and Web-based programs, she is medical editor in chief of, is the Living Well health expert for, contributes medical information to, and serves on the Parents magazine advisory board. She has chaired the young physicians sections for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association and formerly served as director of the normal newborn nursery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Food for Thought     3
War and Peace     9
How to Pick Your Battles     17
Starting Out on Solid Ground     19
Baby Bites: Starting Solid Foods     21
It's Not Easy Being Green     31
Vegetables and the Great French Fry Conspiracy     35
Ketchup for Small Fries     41
Drinking Problems     45
The Epic Bottle     47
Drinking and Dozing Don't Mix     53
Sippy Cup Syndrome     59
Milk Matters     65
Water Works     73
A Revealing Look at Pop Culture     79
Activities of Daily Eating     85
Food, Food Everywhere but Not a Bite They'll Eat     87
Whining and Dining     95
Cutting Corners     99
Food as a Reward     103
Throwing Food     109
5-Second Rule     115
Read All About It!     119
Brushing Up     127
Eating Outside of the House     133
The Friends and Family Feeding Plan     135
Grocery Shopping     139
Child Care Cuisine     143
TV Dinners     151
Eating Out Without Reservations     157
Plane and Simple: In-Flight Food Fights     165
Just for the Health of It     173
Keeping Up With the Curves     175
A Vitamin a Day     183
Feeding Through Sick and Slim     189
Allergies and Intolerances     197
Constipation Consternation     209
The Price of Gas     215
Refluxively Speaking     221
All Choking Aside     229
In Closing     235
Index     239
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