Eating a balanced diet

Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD Nutritionalist, shares advice for parents on the best ways to help their kids start and maintain a balanced diet
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Eating a balanced diet

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Parents have a lot to worry about in feeding their child. We hear in the news every day that you should be worried about gluten or high fructose corn syrup or the amount of sugar in food or artificial sweeteners or artificial this or that. My advice to parents is feed your child well. Your probably better off making foods from scratch, but who has time for that, so I'm not judgmental about people having to use packaged food. You know I let the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, worry about whether something is really dangerous in my food and I pay attention to this a lot. If it's dangerous, it will be off the market. Don't worry about it. If your kid is only eating packaged foods with high fructose corn syrup, that basically means they're only eating cookies and crackers, not a good thing. Where's the protein? Where's the vitamins and minerals? Don't worry about the fructose, worry about the balance.

Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD Nutritionalist, shares advice for parents on the best ways to help their kids start and maintain a balanced diet

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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