Category Archives: Healthier Eating

What All Parents Can Learn from a Feeding Therapist

Compared to most of us parents, leading Feeding Therapy expert Dr. Manikam, Director of the Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, has experienced far more challenging situations at mealtime than what we face at our own tables. He is also a parent and grandparent. In this post, he shares his experience and perspective for all parents, including how to deal with “picky” eating issues such as color, texture, food jags and other common food concerns. Continue reading

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Feeding Disorders: When Should a Parent Worry?

Have you ever wondered if your child’s picky eating is “normal?” If so, you’re not alone. The next couple posts for The Cleaner Plate Club will be a series from an interview with Dr. Ramasamy Manikam, PhD, a clinical psychologist and top expert on feeding disorders with over 20 years of practice. Dr. Manikam is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

Dr. Manikam has been kind enough to answer some questions for me. The first post will cover some background on what feeding therapy is and what conditions are most often related to a feeding disorder. The posts will also cover when a parent should — and shouldn’t — be concerned about a food issue.

The second post, for those of us who are blessed with kids who are just “picky eaters,” Dr. Manikam shares some of his perspective as a medical professional as well as a parent and grandparent on some of our “common” food concerns with our kids.
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It’s Okay to Play With Food! Using Play Kitchens to Teach Good Food Habits

By Beth Some years ago, I found myself in the aisle of a large toy store trying to find play food to go with a toy shopping basket and the play kitchen Santa was bringing for Christmas. I was struck … Continue reading

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Black-eyed Peas in a Healthy Soup for New Year’s Luck

Black-eyed peas for New Year luck, greens, wholegrains and lots of vegetables make this hearty, winter soup a healthy — and lucky if you believe the tradition — start to the New Year. Continue reading

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Fun is the Key to Making Healthy Family Resolutions That Succeed in the New Year Ahead

As we enter the New Year, maybe its time to try a new approach with resolutions. The same-old pattern of resolving for a fantastic, healthiest year yet that fades by mid-month — much less mid-year — needs a fresh start of its own. Fun can make the difference between lasting success or just another failed resolution. Continue reading

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