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Maria Kurmlavage April 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Dear Sally;

I enjoyed your article in the Philly inquirer this morning (I was eating cholesterol reducing corn muffins while I read).

One thing that is very different in raising my children vs. growing up in the late 60’s is portion control. But it was not called that! First, we had to ask for a snack . SO if I asked,”Mom can I have a cookie?” If the answer was affirmative it went like this,” You may have 2.”

My mom, being a child of the depression, was probably trying to be frugal and also have cookies available for her other five children. It wasn’t until college that I ever heard of people eating entire sleeves of cookies in one sitting.

But in raising my children, we definitely have a supersize me attitude. We are fortunate to have three normal size children (saving # 2 who is now sporting the freshman 15), and one underweight one.

Suggestions for a new article: Moms like me with the underweight child taking AD/HD meds like concerta. They have no appetite. Getting the calories in is a daily grind, and
you want to maximize them. It is so awful to get the BMI letter from the school each year,”Johnny is on the 4th percentile for BMI…”

THoughts on HOW to maximize each bite would be appreciated. There are many of us out there–I know it is kind of countercultural, but we are there.




Carrie February 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Hi Sally-

Just wanted to drop a note to say that I LOVED your article in the March Parents magazine, titled, “The Snack Epidemic.” It basically summed up my mission as a parent! :) I was very excited to read that you suggest parents speak up and advocate for healthier choices, including getting involved with the school’s wellness committee.

When I shared the article with my friends a common question was, “Then what can I feed them?” I think you summed it up well by stating that snacks should be “mini meals.” I told my friends to think of the food groups when they are thinking of the types of snacks to offer and when it comes to grains, think of whole grains. Would they give their child fruit snacks for lunch and considered it a meal? No. So, why is it “ok” to give them as a “snack” when in fact it is no nutritionally different than candy?

I work with schools and there are schools out there doing some amazing things! Including only allowing parents to bring snacks that are fruit or vegetables, no candy valentine’s and not only family fun nights, but family fun and fitness nights!

Thank you for recognizing that this is a problem and sharing a perspective that many parents can relate to.

Continue your awesome work!

Take care-


Allan Lees April 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hi Sally,

Great blog, especially your comments about the difference between knowing what to do and actually being able to do it all the time. I see both sides of the coin – my son is very rational and only eats what he knows is healthy whereas my daughter has a sweet tooth and so… all I can do is offer healthy choices and plenty of information and hope that one day she “switches on” and changes her lifestyle. Being divorced doesn’t help – at my place there are no junk options but at her mom’s house life is very different.

My own contribution was, until recently, merely as a single parent. But last year I decided to step into the battle and create a healthy nutrition bar option for parents & kids. I started working with leading cognitive nutrition scientists to formulate a bar that contains all the essential compounds for the brain. If you’re interested I can forward you the recipe for the home-baked version so you can put it in your blog. And if you are interested in some of the science involved, the relevant links to published papers are at

Best wishes,


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