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The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children - From Birth to Age Two [Paperback]

William Sears
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Aug. 3 1999
In the wise and accessible tone that has made them America's most popular childcare experts, the authors address all of parents' concerns about their children's nutritional needs, from birth through adolescence. 40 line drawings.

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Organic or regular baby food? White or wheat bread? Yogurt or ice cream? Parents often wonder how best to feed their families, but the wondering is over with The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children--From Birth Through Adolescence. The beloved William Sears and his wife, Martha (a nurse), teach you how to become your own family nutritionist. Parents of eight children and well-known authors of more than a dozen childcare books, the Searses offer the solid advice on breastfeeding, beginning solids, and feeding picky eaters you'd expect. But more than that, they provide a crash course in overall nutrition. You'll learn how the body works, how to read food labels, what ingredients to look for (and which to avoid), how to trim fat from your diet, what makes up a balanced diet (not just the "food pyramid"), which foods are thought to prevent cancer, and more. The Searses also offer helpful food lists: good fats, best proteins, top 10 complex carbohydrates, and top 12 family foods, to name a few. You'll even get favorite Sears family recipes to help you get started on the road to healthy eating. It's all here, and it's all mixed with a healthy dose of passion for eating well. So you can show your children--by example--how to stay healthy and feel great. --Kelley Smith

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In this vivid and ambitious guide to feeding a family, the Searses, William a doctor and Martha a nurse, shed light on the attributes of food: here brown sugar is "ordinary table sugar made brown by adding molasses," and the blues, reds and purples of fruits and vegetables veil vitamin deposits. Onions and garlic tame the damaging effects of fried oil; meat and vegetables eaten in combination amount to more than the sum of their parts; and cinnamon can masquerade as sugar. A wealth of nutrition information is smoothly presented, complete with accessible scientific explanations, behavior modification tips and framed asidesAall organized into minichapters with such titles as "Powerful Proteins" and "The Joy of Soy." The book progresses from an overview of nutrients (water and fiber among them) to an extensive evaluation of food groups, including discussions of vegetarianism, organic foods and decoding packaging labels. Additional sections address weight control and the specific roles various foods play in disease prevention, stamina building, etc. Reference tables and an updated food pyramid will prove indispensable to the reader. Agent, Denise Marcil. TV satellite tour. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I love Dr. and Martha Sears. I've read several of their books, and weekly refer to the Baby Book. I thought this book was very informative; great chapter on breastfeedings benefits. But, I found the "advice" on how to feed your children a bit unrealistic. I feed my daughter (what I thought) was very healthy. She's a vegetarian (as is mom) and eats a wide variety of veggies, fruits, beans and other legumes, tofu, and grains. I buy her organic animal crackers and snacks like guppies (the natural alternative to goldfish with lots of processing)and sesame whole wheat sticks. But I do occasionally give her white rice, non-whole wheat pasta, and I do feed her Cheerios and Nutra-Grain waffles. If I can't buy organic fruits and veggies, I scrub the ones I buy well with a veggie wash.
But I felt a little criminal for not feeding her better. Most have commented that my daughter eats very well. I guess my point is there doesn't seem to be credit for doing what you can do, unless you do it all. Its almost impossible to eat perfectly organic, non-processed food ALL the time. And I had hope the book would give more IDEAS for preparing healthy food for your family.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing Nov. 2 1999
By A Customer
I think the Sears family has reached the end of their expertise and should stop issuing new books on every aspect of parenting. This one seems like they are fulfilling a contractual obligation to their publisher. They are WAY too demanding about what you feed your child and don't seem to realize most of us don't have lots of money and help in the kitchen to achieve all the perfect meals they demand. The book was discouraging and unrealistic.
I found that a much more useful book is Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health by Drs. Susan Roberts and M.B. Heyman. This book was written by doctors who specialize in child nutrition and who have scrutinized the literature on nutrients, metabolism, food allergies, etc. Yet the book is realistic and helpful, not guilt inducing like Dr. Sears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely informative Sept. 12 2000
With a 1 year-old son and the awesome responsibility of feeding him properly I found I needed a reference book. This book is just that and so much more. The book is great for parents and kids.
I love the great examples and user friendly reading layout. I am delighted to learn so much about nutrition, how different foods affect the body and how to eat right to have optimal performance and fight cancer.
I did not find the book at all guilt inducing. We all do what we can and any little bit you do to give your kids a better chance is great.
Overall this is a great read, packed full of valuable information. Enjoy and good health!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get your nutrition info straightened up Sept. 13 2002
By Vera
The Searses have really outdone themselves this time. Knowlege is power, YOUR power to be healthy and raise healthy kids with sound eating habits. A definite MUST for all who are concerned and confused about what and how we eat and feed to our kids. The "Family Nutrition Book" opens all these little drawers in your brain full of jumbled-up bits and peices of incomplete information of dubious quality - and makes order. The book is superbly organised and easy to read, which doesn't make it any less scientific. No more mumbling a vague "it's good for you" when your kid asks why he should "eat this stuff", for now you actually KNOW why. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Family Nutrition Bible Feb. 7 2003
By page 7, I was diving into my cupboards and discarding all the foods with hydrogenated oil. I devoured this book, and found this to be the easiest book on nutrition that I have ever read. Cut into bite-size sections, this book was a delight to read. I was able to make consise, informed decisions without feeling pressured into one lifestyle over another. I purschased this book for my Mother-In-Law, who is as far apart from me on the eating spectrum as possible, but who will still be able to glean wonderful and relevant information from this book.
My favorite section was the top twelve food list, honorable mention food list, and top-ten foods for each vitmin, mineral, and food classification. By implementing these foods into my family's lifestyle, I have increased the diversity of our meals, while feeling confident that my family of six is getting all the nutritional requirements that they need. I used the food circle as a guide to create a weekly nutrition plan for my family, and using that, I prepare weekly meal plans using the tops foods for each category. This also helps when it is time to do the shopping, as I only need to get the items on the mealplan, minus what I already have in the pantry. It sure helps for me in the kitchen! As a Mom who doesn't relish her time spent in the kitchen, this book helps me to maximize the nutritional efficiency of the time that I do spend in there!
This book helped me to take the final step into vegetarianism, and introduced me to the world of whole foods. Thanks, Dr. and Martha Sears!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a very useful and complete book May 27 2001
Again written in a very easy-to-read way, this book is a very complete nutrition guide. It gives you the why's and how's of the differnet food groups and its very eye opening about comercial products and the way so called "healthy products" are marketed. After reading the book I have found myself in a better position to make informed decisions about what I'm buying and the way I'm cooking. The Sears give you a complete perspective without getting in the controversy of whether you should be a vegeterian or not, which I found very important so people of different believes and eating philosophies can enjoy the book equally. I particularly enjoy the sections of feeding your baby and toddler. They very complete and helpful. The book doesn't have recipes or anything but it has some cool ideas. I keep refering back to it everytime need to check in the nutritional information of different foods, or just when I need to give a boost to my health-awareness. It's very well documented (research references wise) and I particularly recommend it for people interested in cancer preventive styles of living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
This book is great, even if you didn't have kids and just wanted to learn about how to eat right! The stuff nobody ever tells you and food manufacturers don't want you to know! Read more
Published on April 9 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent -- but watch the fish recommendations
An excellent book with one exception -- it heartily recommends regular fish consumption, but fails to mention the problem of methyl mercury and/or PCB contamination in several... Read more
Published on July 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read on Family Nutrition
I give it an A+. Lots of infomation on all aspects of Family Nutition such as Breastfeeding, Soy Foods, What foods is very good for us or bad for our bodies, different types of... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book On Nutrition
I have really enjoyed this book. It is extremely informative and thorough, while managing to make nutrition very interesting. It is easy to read and understand. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2000 by Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Sears but...
I have really enjoyed all of Dr. Sears books so, naturally I thought I would enjoy this one. Unfortunately I wasn't able to and here is why: I was looking for a book that would... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000 by Lora L. Human
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and eye opening nutrition book
This book was interesting to read (and I am NOT a nutrition nut). I especially like the way it is divided into managable chapters that tackle a particular concept (fish, oils,... Read more
Published on June 3 2000 by bethlovesbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlighting
I failed my gestational diabetes test when I was pregnant; but not enough to warrant any concern other than making me attend a class. Read more
Published on May 21 2000 by Jessica Freehling-kazzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Nutrition for Good Health
In the latest book in the Sears series, Bill and Martha Sears present information they have collected from over 500 scientific studies on nutrition. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Good Nutrition
Having a baby last year made me realize how little I really understood about good nutrition. After over a year of breast-feeding my son, I felt a great sense of responsibility... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 1999 by Joan Stewart Smith
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