Looking back to look ahead

September 12, 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about perception. The way we perceive others. The way others perceive us. The way we see ourselves. And I remembered an essay I wrote a long time ago, when food was becoming a really big thing for me and I was teetering between conviction and self-consciousness. This essay is long (like book-chapter [...]

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Why I’m not posting lunch pictures anymore

September 9, 2013

Last year at this time, I joined the ranks of bloggers who post pictures of their kids’ lunches. I started for mostly selfish reasons. After years of cramming lunch-packing into rushed mornings (despite many resolutions not to), I wanted to go on record with my night-packing commitment and own it by posting pictures on the Spoonfed Facebook page. But I also [...]

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Real Food Road Test 2013: The Round-up

July 21, 2013

While doing the Harry Potter thing at Universal Orlando two weeks ago, we spotted a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream kiosk. Score! Real ice cream amid the hyperprocessed powder-based soft serve that dominates the park. Except it turned out the Ben & Jerry’s was soft serve, too. I had no idea there was such a thing, but I was hopeful the [...]

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Real Food Road Test:
The Spoonfed Guide to Vacation Food, 2013 Edition

June 27, 2013

Last summer, we drove 1,250 miles through six states over eight days, and I microblogged the trip, posting daily Facebook updates with tips and observations about eating well on the road. (I then compiled all those FB updates in this post.) As I wrote before we left, we had no idea where we were going (road-tripping old school!), but I [...]

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Facing our food

June 24, 2013

Read any advice on raising good eaters and you’ll see some variation of “involve kids in growing food.” Conventional wisdom tells us this is because children are more likely to try something they’ve grown (or picked), enticed by the intimacy and novelty of it all. And it’s true, if not an actual guarantee. But there [...]

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Teaching your kids about food will not cause eating disorders

May 17, 2013

There’s a dangerous thread running through the national conversation about kids and food, and it is this: If you talk to your kids about food, if you teach them to understand ingredients and to actually think about what they eat — and, heaven forbid, you actually limit junk food — you are setting them up for, at best, rebellion-fueled binges, or, at [...]

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Tell McDonald’s: Back off our kids

May 8, 2013

I’m always up for a day of action, especially when the target (McDonald’s) uses marketing purposely designed to get kids to nag parents to death. And that marketing is everywhere: on TV, in movies, on computer games and websites, on children’s products, even in school. “Pester power” or “the nag factor” is how marketers describe [...]

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The truth about the aspartame and milk petition (and why errors hurt food activism)

March 14, 2013

Chances are you’ve heard about the dairy industry petition addressing artificial sweeteners in milk. And chances are that what you’ve heard is wrong. Here are the facts: 1. Food producers already can add artificial sweeteners to milk and other dairy products. 2. The petition, from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) — which was submitted in 2009, [...]

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Power of the pen: Let’s rock this food-dyes petition from 100 Days of Real Food and Food Babe

March 5, 2013

I’ve written at length about the travesty of artificial food dyes (in short: all risk, no benefit). And about how U.S. food manufacturers have substituted better ingredients overseas while still using artificial, non-nutritive and even dangerous ingredients here. Why have they cleaned up their act elsewhere? Because of public pressure, government support and something called the precautionary principle: the idea that if something could harm the public [...]

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National Girl Scout Cookie Day: Money Counts

February 8, 2013

I’m sure the Girl Scouts of the USA didn’t intend to be so, um, honest, when it chose this image to represent the first “National Girl Scout Cookie Day” (today). But check out the sash around that Thin Mint. See the “Money Counts” badge? Yeah. It sure does. But it doesn’t count for the wee Daisy who earns [...]

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