Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook by Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock

Posted in Educational, Nutrition, Reviews by - January 12, 2018
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook by Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock

Folks at Special Needs Book Review have been following Melanie Potock’s  accomplishments since we reviewed one of her books, Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child about the Joy of Food! . We receive her informative newsletters and always learn some parenting tips from her lively videos on her You-Tube Channel. This post introduces our readers to another book, Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating by Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP.

Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater shows the way to lead your baby, toddler, or young child on the path to adventurous eating. In a “Chicken-Nugget World” it is not easy to expand a child’s food horizons but this book has the solutions. Feeding therapist Melanie Potock and pediatrician Nimali Fernando (aka Dr. Yum and Coach Mel) know the importance of giving your child the right start on his or her food journey—for good health, motor skills, and even cognitive and emotional development.

In Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater they explain how to expand your family’s food horizons, avoid the picky eater trap, identify special feeding needs, and put joy back into mealtimes, with:

  • Advice tailored to every stage from newborn through school-age
  • Real-life stories of parents and kids they have helped
  • Wisdom from cultures across the globe on how to feed kids
  • Helpful insights on the sensory system, difficult mealtime behaviors, and everything from baby-led weaning to sippy cups
  • And seven “passport stamps” for good parenting: joyful, compassionate, brave, patient, consistent, proactive, and mindful.

The authors entertain as well as educate parents. They are great wordsmiths leaving you wanting to go on reading. From the detailed Table of Contents to the generous index, readers will find it easy to retrieve information for a second reading of for solving eating problems when they arise.

What Is Being Said About 

Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook

“It’s very difficult to write a book regarding feeding practices in children because of the extreme differences in every child’s eating style and habits. However, Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock, offer exceptional, timeless advice on how to create an eating environment for your child that is healthy, happy, and stress-free for the child and parent. A very difficult task, but they have hit a home run with this book. The insightful suggestions based on the child’s age allows for the individuality necessary for success. This book should be given to each new parent at the birth of their first child.”
Theodore Stathos, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; President, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Gastroenterology

“As a mom of three, I have experienced just how challenging mealtimes can be. As a psychologist, I know that shared mealtimes are essential to good mental health in families. All kids are unique; with different likes and dislikes, different body types and habits—it takes constant effort to provide healthy, interesting meals. In their book Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater, Dr. Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock provide innovative, fun, healthy, and, most importantly, doable solutions to just about every challenge around kids and food. This book would make a great gift for new parents and is a must-read for parents of older children as well.”
Stephanie S. Smith, PsyD psychologist, writer at www.drstephaniesmith.com, and advisory board member for www.produceforkids.com

“Dr. Nimali Fernando and feeding therapist Melanie Potock help parents navigate the journey of child feeding, eating, drinking, nutrition, and related topics from birth to the school cafeteria. Their book is a proactive approach for the prevention and/or resolution of many health issues (e.g., reflux, constipation, obesity, etc.) and related concerns (e.g., long-term thumb and pacifier use, picky eating, poor self-esteem, anxiety, etc.). Fernando and Potock explain development to parents using real-life examples and provide parents with loads of practical advice for every childhood age and stage. The book is parent and reader-friendly while providing a balance of developmental and behavioral information. It also considers the whole child as well as the parent-child partnership needed for healthy feeding, eating, drinking, and nutrition.”
Diane Bahr, CCC-SLP,CIMI, author of Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development

Excerpt from Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater

Chapter 2 SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND EXPLORATION
Understanding the Sensory System
Can you name a food that gives you the “heebie-jeebies”? It may not be accurate medical terminology, but just the thought of the heebie-jeebies evokes a shudder and a wince, stirring up a memory of a certain texture or taste that you recall as “repulsive”.  Your sensory system, which includes seven different neural pathways, may have already communicated to your brain that you are never going to try a raw oyster… or calf brains … or … green beans.

Yes, green beans. For young children who are slowly experiencing the world, including new foods, green beans may cause alarm bells to sound until their sensory system adapts to the sight, smell, touch, taste, and even the sound of green beans as they smoosh between their teeth. Older children who don’t have repeated exposure to a new food may experience the same alarm bells when the traditional green bean casserole appears at Thanksgiving dinner. For some, the reaction may be a simple turned-up nose, but for children who have difficulties with sensory integration, it might include gagging, extreme protesting, or a reaction that appears to be out of proportion to something we consider simple: just trying a green bean. …

About Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLPMelanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP Co-author of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent's Handbook

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a mom who once had a picky eater.  She’s experienced first-hand the stress that parents feel when they are worried about their child’s nutritional health.  Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Melanie blending her knowledge of feeding therapy with practical parenting strategies that help the entire family eat healthier.  She’s an international speaker and author of three books, including co-authoring the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater.

How to connect with Melanie Potock

Dr. Nimali Fernando is a board-certified pediatrician, founder of the website doctoryum.org and The Doctor Yum Project, co-author of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent's HandbookAbout Nimali Fernando MD MPH FAAP

Dr. Nimali Fernando is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, VA and founder of the website doctoryum.org and The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers families with information on illness prevention through a healthy diet.  Dr. Fernando graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center and then served for several years as Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics.

In 2005, she began practicing pediatrics in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  She is also the co-author of Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure, in interactive nutrition curriculum being used in several Central Virginia Schools and Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook. She has been on a guest expert on childhood nutrition on such media outlets as NPR, Sirius XM radio, Fox DC, Fox Baltimore and WUSA. Her work with the Doctor Yum Project has been featured in Northern VA Magazine, The Voice of America, WTOP and The New York Times.

 

Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child about the Joy of Food! by Melanie Potock , MA, CCC-SLP 

Buy  

  • Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child about the Joy of Food! by Melanie Potock , MA, CCC-SLP  Jul 14 2014  Amazon.com  Amazon.ca

 

  • Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating by Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP Oct 20 2015 Amazon.com   Amazon.ca Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong, Healthy Eating Habits  by Nancy Ripton and Melanie Potock

 

  • Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong, Healthy Eating Habits  by Nancy Ripton and Melanie Potock Jul 1 2016 Amazon.com Amazon.ca

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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