Thursday Book: Organic Nanny to the rescue!

The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids: How to Create a Natural Diet and Lifestyle for Your Child [Paperback] $10.76

Who needs a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down when professional nanny Barbara Rodriguez has tips to make the medicine go away? In The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids, Rodriguez shows parents some simple lifestyle changes that can help them dramatically improve the well-being of their children.

As a nanny, Rodriguez has seen some disturbing trends—toxic foods, childhood obesity, insomnia, and a lack of communication between parents and children. Her advice? Nutritious food and natural remedies to resolve chronic health and behavior issues. The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids will help parents put their children on a more natural track and give them a childhood to remember.
By Diane, Turning the Clock Back,
I have always gotten a bit of slack from my friends for the way I feed my kids.  Organic milk, locally raised meat, smoothies and tons of fruits and vegetables make up the majority of our diet.  I am not saying that is ALL we eat.  I have been known to let them indulge in the occasional fast food meal, carbonated beverage or sweetened cereal but those are rare treats.
The introduction of this book gives the reader a look into how the author’s childhood guided her ideas about food.  Her grandmother (or Tata) played a significant part in instilling the idea that eating whole foods and living a natural life made a significant impact on a person’s health and well-being.  Those ideas are the foundation for The Organic Nanny.
The purpose of this book is to help guide you to a more natural way of eating.  The author teaches you how to wean your family off of processed foods and eliminate artificial sweeteners.  She shows us how to incorporate real foods and whole grains into even the busiest of lifestyles.  She encourages people to avoid factory farmed meats and toxin laden dairy products.  Beyond food, she also discusses healing your family with natural remedies and avoiding toxic chemicals in your beauty routine.
There are numerous case studies scattered throughout the book and while many of them might be a bit extreme there ARE people who have children that only eat pop-tarts and chocolate milk.  That idea is frightening and the author is quick to point out that YOU (the adult!) are the one responsible for bringing food into your home.  She encourages parents to make smarter choices when it comes to shopping and change gradually so as to not shock your children completely.
I thought the discussion of food addiction was particularly interesting.  Apparently, junk food can be addictive and scientists have actually proven that with animal models!
The author encourages people to analyze their diets and figure out which areas need to be changed. She says all you need is L.O.V.E.  (Local , Organic, Vegetable-centric, vegetarian, or vegan (your choice), and  Environmentally conscious)  I think that is a great summary of what our diets should be made of!   And she provides common sense, practical ways to achieve a more natural diet. There are m any tips, tricks and recipe ideas to help transition your kids from fast food to real food.  She tells you what to avoid if you are buying premade products (transfats, artificial flavors, and many others) and then gives you healthy snack suggestions like whole grain cookies and flavored rice cakes.
The Organic Nanny is a wonderful resource for anyone who is concerned about the foods their child is eating.  The author teaches you how to make realistic choices for your family that will help you eat healthier without your children rebelling completely.  
Barbara was humanized at an early age by the same harsh conditions that many Haitian children live in today. Her one inspiration was her grandmother, “Tata,” who instilled in her a love for organic, whole foods and holistic healing. “Tata” taught her to listen from the heart.” What I’ve learned from Tata is how to listen for those answers, really listen, to a child who is sick or unhappy or having trouble communicating, and to find the remedies–whether whole foods, natural cures, or behavioral lessons–that will actually help.