I often observe that other moms in my ‘village’ are better read than me where it concerns good v/s bad nutrition practices for their kids. While I struggle to get them to fill up their tummies, they seem to be making conscious decisions about their kids’ nutrition. I feel like I possess a mole of notions compared to the mountain of knowledge other mothers’ have. Their source for all I guess is the free information available on the world wide web. Yet, I find the tsunami of information available on the internet overwhelming. So when I came across Eat.Delete.Junior by Pooja Makhija, my first reaction was a deep sigh! Another of those heavy advise laden books about what to feed, what not to feed your kids. But the sleek look and volume of the book got me interested as in what this celebrity dietician has conveyed in this compact space that has not been told already.
Because I perceived this book as another self-help parenting book, I skimmed through the pages to figure what was being said in the lines. Two chapters and 15 minutes down the line, I turned back to page one to begin reading the book thoroughly.
Why every mother should read this book
Uncomplicated yet comprehensive
The author has made a brilliant effort at addressing all nutritional aspects that parents should keep in mind while designing their kids’ meals. While she prescribes sample diets and dos & don’ts, her focus is on the underlying concept of what is nutrition and how it can be administered to the kids. The sample plans that she has provided are not exhaustive yet significantly inclusive of almost all alternatives that a common Indian household could practice.
The author gives you the liberty of using the best-fit practices and not always the best practices. If you are wondering what the difference is, then read this. We all know that there is nothing better than breast milk for infants. Also as per medical practitioners feeding bottles are a big no for infants. In her diet prescription for infants, she gives an outlay of how top feed may be administered, allowing the mother a choice to express milk and give it to the baby through a feeder.
Makhija a dietician introduces concepts that impact the choices we make in relation to our kids’ nutrition. For example – Child Obesity and Child Led Weaning (No I am not going to elaborate on these here). These simple concepts motivate you to make informed changes to your practices to ensure right nutrition for kids.
The author also touches upon peripheral issues that impact food choices and kids behaviour in the modern times. She explicitly acknowledges the presence of media disturbances and subsequent pestering behaviour by kids that promotes unhealthy eating habits.
Puts Things in Perspective
Makhija does an excellent job at acknowledging that as kids grow up their environment expands beyond their home and parents. Thus we cannot do too much to control their eating habits. She has very sensitively created a practical view of child obesity. She draws attention to the fact that child obesity should be addressed with a focus on controlling obesity than reducing it.
With an engaging language and refreshing sense of humour, the author covers a gamut of issues related to child nutrition. She provides her version of easily implementable solutions and not so easily achievable nutrition goals. The eventual agenda is to slowly transform our practices to ensure nutrition. Eat.Delete.Junior is almost like a reference bible for people like me who are scared of and confused by the ocean of information available online. Now on I am going to limit myself to the sound and uncomplicated guidance in this little book of giant consequences.
For the content – 3/5
For the writing style – 4/5
Child nutrition is a top concern among parents because on it drives their overall developments and growth. We as parents understand that this will subsequently have an impact on their future capabilities. My question is for the parents of kids in their late teens – does your child’s nutrition still concern you? How important is it compared to other issues that keep you up at night?
Just asking! Need some reality check on if anything’s ever going to change for better 🙂