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

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

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by Elizabeth Pantley
     
 

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SAY GOOD-BYE TO the daily frustration of picky eating with these effective child-tested, parent-approved No-Cry solutions—including healthy, family-friendly recipes

"Without expecting parents to earn their registered dietitian degree by the end of the book, [Pantley] ably explains why a healthy diet is important and includes some kid-favorite recipes from

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SAY GOOD-BYE TO the daily frustration of picky eating with these effective child-tested, parent-approved No-Cry solutions—including healthy, family-friendly recipes

"Without expecting parents to earn their registered dietitian degree by the end of the book, [Pantley] ably explains why a healthy diet is important and includes some kid-favorite recipes from best-selling cookbooks. Parents love the No-Cry series, and libraries would do well to add this to their collections."
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About the Book:

Are you convinced your child will eat only pasta and chicken nuggets for the rest of her life? Worried your son is not getting adequate nutrition? Tired of vegetables being cast as the villain during mealtime battles? Nearly all parents experience a finicky eater at their table, but finding solutions can be difficult. That’s why Elizabeth Pantley, author of the bestselling No-Cry series—the most trusted name in parenting guides—developed gentle, effective, and easy solutions for dealing with picky eaters.

Full of tips and tricks, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution helps you:

  • Get your child to eat—and enjoy!—vegetables, grains, and other healthy food
  • Reduce the sugar, fat, and junk food in your child’s meals without your child noticing the change
  • Make subtle, healthy improvements in favorite recipes to boost nutrition for the whole family
  • Relax and enjoy mealtime and snack time at your home
  • Instill good eating habits that your children can take into adulthood

To make your picky eater and the whole family happy, Elizabeth has tapped her culinary friends to share delicious recipes that are not just healthy but kid-friendly, too. Recipe contributions come from:

  • Missy Chase Lapine (The Sneaky Chef)
  • Jennifer Carden (Toddler Café)
  • Kim Lutz and Megan Hart (Welcoming Kitchen)
  • Lisa Barnes (The Petit Appetit)
  • Barbara Beery (Green Princess Cookbook)
  • Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers (So Easy Toddler Food)
  • Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss (No Whine with Dinner)

Armed with Elizabeth’s proven advice and these tasty recipes, you’ll be able to serve healthy meals and snacks, along with peace and happiness.

With a Foreword by Missy Chase Lapine

Editorial Reviews

No-Cry parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley has helped parents shepherd kids through sleep problems and separation anxiety; now she tackles an equally menacing condition: early onset picky eating. As in previous books, Pantley's solutions are multiple and eclectic. Drawing on successful fixes from parents, she tests them on hundreds of parents, giving you a better sense of what really works. No-Cry Picky Eater Solution even includes recipes from chefs including Christina Schmidt, Missy Chase Lapine, and Kim Lutz. More healthy than any fast food.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071744362
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
10/14/2011
Edition description:
List
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
358,426
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Pantley is the mother of four and the author of the now-classic baby sleep book The No-Cry Sleep Solution, as well as The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution, The No-Cry Potty Training Solution, The No-Cry Discipline Solution, and six other successful parenting books. Visit her at www.pantley.com/elizabeth

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No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat--and Eat Healthy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
amy010 More than 1 year ago
Do you have a picky eater? Me too, but thanks to this book, maybe not forever. When I discovered this book, I snapped it up and read it through. It is easy to read, trim with only the most pertinent information that is highly usable. This book shines by giving the reader an understanding and empathy for what our children are going through and comfort that their behavior is normal, (our children aren't trying to drive us nuts). I no longer feel guilty about my daughter's food preferences and can focus that misspent energy on tactics that are guiding her towards making healthy choices. How This Book Works This book is divided into four sections: What You Really Need To Know About Picky Eaters This section defines what a picky eater is and gives you some reassurance that picky eating is not only normal behavior for kids is part of our biological wiring. For example, kids crave energy dense foods that are easy to break down, (i.e. carbs) to power their rapidly growing brains and bodies as well as their constant motion. Also, bitter flavors can be an indicator of a toxic substance and kids' natural aversion to bitter is a evolutionary protector against ingesting toxic plants. Perhaps this could be used to our advantage, I'm thinking kale flavored crayons and Play-Doh... This section also contains Food Facts that delineates some of the common problems in our modern diets and offers gentle solutions for rectifying those issues. The Fundamental Four: Attitude, Environment, Amounts and Rules Attitude reminds us to keep our eye on long term goals by not waging war on our children each mealtime. Environment reminds us that if we want our children to eat healthy, then our pantries and refrigerators need to be filled with healthy foods and they need to see us enjoying those foods too. Amounts has easy-to-read charts that show daily calorie and nutrition requirements and how to meet them through your child's meals and snacks. The Rules section covers many of the contemporary food rules and whether or not following each is a good idea. Some of them are surprising, such as "Rule: Make your child's diet nutritionally balanced at each meal." (Something I've always strived to do.) Verdict: Break it! Upon reading the logic and research as to why, I think to myself... OhHHhhh... Tips, Tricks and Tactics: Solving Picky Eater Problems Now that we the parents are properly educated on the topic of feeding our brood, it's time for the fun stuff! The next 70 pages are filled with fun, gentle ideas for improving your child's overall diet while saving us some grey hair. I've been battling this issue for quite some time so I was doubtful that I'd find anything new. There were perhaps a dozen ideas that had never occurred to me and the ones I had already tried, I found I gave up too soon or could have tried it in a slightly different way. One surprise was learning that a child may need to be exposed to a new food 10 to 15 times before they'll even want to taste it. My daughter was lucky if I'd let her get away without trying a new food on the first day! No wonder she's worried whenever I set down an unfamiliar meal, she's sure I'm going to be pressuring her into eating some. That anxiety and pressure from me is going to ensure she rejects it out of hand. Another ah-ha moment for me. Play it cool... and hamm up the mmmMMMmmm--soo good. The Experts' Favorites: Recipes Even Your Picky Eater Will Love This section provides recipes from the authors of seven different kid friendly cookbooks! I plan to try them all except the two by the author whose book I already own. I have picked up the Sneaky Chef cookbook by Missy LaPine no less than a dozen times, during trips to the bookstore, only to put it back on the shelf. Now I can try out a sampling of her recipes before I invest in another would-be doorstop. Thanks Elizabeth! Prior to reading this book I was frustrated and unwittingly making mealtimes a time for my daughter to feel bad about the choices her biological composition is driving her to towards, by laying on pressure and guilt. I don't think pressure and guilt ever wrought positive changes in anyone, but what else could I do? Lots apparently. After reading this book I'm easier going about her food choices. I don't make food choices a power struggle anymore, so she's not losing because she's not giving in to me. I'm more conscientious about modeling good eating habits, I'm eating like a grown-up again, instead of eating what I know they'll eat. When she sees us enjoying these foods, she wants to like them and I've noticed that she keeps trying it (yay!) knowing she's missing out on something good. I'm trying to make mealtimes more fun and playful. I make the most out of snacks nutritionally, by giving my girls choices based on what they've been missing that day. For example if they're light on fruits and veggies I say, "You can have raisins, apple slices, carrot slices or applesauce." Or if they're light on protein, "You can have a hard boiled egg or mixed nuts." These changes plus a dozen or so others have us back on the right road. It's a long road, but in the interim I'm much more relaxed, my older daughter is much happier and my two-year-old benefits from these techniques at a much earlier age. Just as my venerated pediatrician reminds me, "We have 18 years to help her become a good eater." Thanks to this book, I'm confident we'll get there in a positive, gentle way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrissyM99 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be my favorite Elizabeth Pantley book so far. All of her suggestions are totally doable -- sometimes when I've sought help for my son's picky eating, I've found the expectations to be far too high for a not-quite-2-year old. This book includes questions from parents, and many of the questions had me nodding my head and saying, "This is SO my son!!" Pantley's responses are warm, nonjudgmental, and very helpful. None of her answers blame the parent...in fact, she says that biology is why many kids are such picky eaters! The information is very valuable and has helped me cope with mealtime a lot. Plus, there are a handful of mouth-watering recipes with sneaky healthy stuff in them. Highly recommended.
Snow_Duchess More than 1 year ago
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!!