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Introducing The Fearless Feeding Movement (and Giveaway)

December 16, 2011 | In: Child Nutrition, Giveaways

I’m creating something big. A life’s work. Maybe even a legacy of some sort. It has me up (very) early everyday, occupies my thoughts frequently and requires lots of attention.

And it’s not another child (I already have 4!).

After more than two decades as a pediatric nutritionist and 15 years as a mother, I am digging into something I’ve always wanted to do: write a book.

Together with Maryann Jacobsen, creator of Raise Healthy Eaters, I am writing Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School.

As luck would have it, I met Maryann last year when she interviewed me for a blog post on eating disorders. After several conversations it became clear that we saw eye to eye on almost everything nutrition and we had the same desire—to write the “bible” on child nutrition and feeding kids. What was an overwhelming project to do alone became do-able with a partner. And so we began the long journey of conceiving the book, writing a proposal, finding an agent and finally landing a publishing deal. Jossey-Bass (an imprint of Wiley) will publish Fearless Feeding in early 2013. And we couldn’t be happier!

What is Fearless Feeding?

Fearless Feeding tackles every age and stage of childhood, giving parents the nuts and bolts on WHAT to feed kids (nutrition), HOW to do it (attitudes and actions) and WHY kids behave the way they do around food (child development). Our goal is to equip parents with nutrition and feeding information at each stage, showing them what to expect and how to navigate nutrition so that health is optimized and feeding mistakes are minimized.

While we will be busy writing Fearless Feeding, we know that you will still have day-to-day challenges, questions and concerns. That’s why we are asking you to Join the Fearless Feeding Movement on Facebook. This will be a place where you can let your voice be heard—a place for you to post your concerns, ask nutrition questions and learn more about feeding kids. You’ll get feeding advice, child nutrition expertise, our take on newsworthy child nutrition news, and meal ideas to boot.

So please, like us on Facebook!

In honor of this exciting news, we’ve got some great stuff to give away:

Chobani Champions Greek Yogurt for Kids: The first Greek yogurt made for kids and taking the child nutrition world by storm! Greek yogurt offers more protein than standard yogurt plus the critical nutrients needed for normal child growth and development: calcium and Vitamin D. Chobani Champions is offering a case of mixed flavors and a new lunchbox—I know a few kids in my own house that could use a new lunchbox in which to carry their Chobani Champions Greek yogurt! How about you?

Purity Foods, makers of Vita-Spelt Organic Granola, Spelt Sesame Sticks and Organic Vita-Spelt Whole Grain Pasta: If you’re not familiar with spelt, it is a whole grain with a rich nutty flavor, smooth texture, and easy digestibility (more so than wheat). Many children in the US are short on whole grains in their diet and if spelt is something you haven’t tried, this is one easy way to experiment and expose your family to new sources! One lucky winner will get 3 flavors of granola, some sesame sticks and pasta!

Alvarado Street Bakery: Bakery-style bread packed with whole grains–more than the average bakery! This bread is organic and made with sprouted wheat. If you’re not sure what sprouted wheat is, read more  here. If you’re like my family, bread is a mainstay in the daily diet—and this is true for many kids and families. Alvarado Street Bakery is offering 8 vouchers for loaves of bread (flavor is your choice). That would feed my family for at least a month! Why not give it a try?

Maryann’s got more stuff to give away on her site to celebrate our announcement, so don’t miss it!

Here’s how you can enter:

1) Mandatory entry: “LIKE” Fearless Feeding on Facebook and leave a comment here saying that you did it.  If you don’t have a Facebook account leave a comment saying what you need most from a child nutrition/feeding book (you can do both of these things).

2) For another entry, tweet this post or share this post on Facebook. Leave another comment.

3) For a third entry, sign up for Just The Right Byte’s email updates or RSS Feed. If you already subscribe, tell at least one friend about Just The Right Byte. Leave another comment saying what you did.

Three lucky winners will be chosen using random.org. Good Luck!

The winners will be announced on Just The Right Byte’s Facebook page. This giveaway will end Friday, December 23rd, at midnight. You must be 18 to enter.


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53 Responses to Introducing The Fearless Feeding Movement (and Giveaway)

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Announcing The Fearless Feeding Movement (and Giveaway)

December 16th, 2011 at 8:48 am

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Lisa

December 16th, 2011 at 8:59 am

I liked you on facebook and I’m so excited about your book!

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jennifer Turner

December 16th, 2011 at 9:12 am

Already love the feeds I get from Just the Right Byte. Shared on my FB page the new Fearless Feeding and the Just the Right Byte pages and email

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December 16th, 2011 at 9:34 am

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December 16th, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Megan

December 16th, 2011 at 10:48 am

I “liked” Fearless Feeding on Facebook. Sounds like a fabulous project.

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Kim Barnett

December 16th, 2011 at 10:48 am

I liked the Fearless Feeding community on FB and REALLY like your & MaryAnn’s book idea – I know I can use it. Thanks!

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Michelle Segar

December 16th, 2011 at 10:49 am

I think this book is a great idea! I liked Fearless Feeding on Facebook. Am excited about this community!

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December 16th, 2011 at 10:54 am

so excited to hear this! i liked FF on FB!

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December 16th, 2011 at 10:58 am

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Terri

December 16th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

“liked” can’t wait to see the articles, my kids are pretty good eaters, but there is always something new out there.

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December 16th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

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December 16th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

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December 16th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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December 16th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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December 16th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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December 16th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Liked the page on FB. So excited about this book!

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December 16th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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December 16th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Liked the page and shared it! Fantastic!

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December 17th, 2011 at 12:12 am

I liked Fearless Feeding on FB as Mechele JOhnson.

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December 17th, 2011 at 12:13 am

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December 17th, 2011 at 11:57 am

I liked it and I’m sharing it! So excited to learn more about this website!
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December 17th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I liked Fearless Feeding on Facebook.

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Brenda

December 18th, 2011 at 8:40 am

I liked Fearless Feeding on Facebook, and would be interested in learning how to feed my two little ones without exposing them to a lot of pesticides and genetically modified foods.

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Brenda

December 18th, 2011 at 8:41 am

Shared “Fearless Feeding” on my FB Wall!

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December 18th, 2011 at 8:42 am

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Cori Westphal

December 20th, 2011 at 12:45 am

I like Fearless Feeding on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (facebook.com/coriwestphal)

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December 20th, 2011 at 12:45 am

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December 20th, 2011 at 12:47 am

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katie

December 21st, 2011 at 12:09 am

Congratulations. Can’t wait to get my hands on your book!

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Fruits vs. Veggies: Are They “Nutritionally Equivalent?” | Science of Mom

December 22nd, 2011 at 6:44 pm

[...] on my veggie post. (I love her blog, by the way – full of good feeding advice – and she’s working on a book!) Any good child feeding expert will tell parents to, above all, not worry too much about whether [...]

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Amy S

December 22nd, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I liked you a facebook and I LOVE that you are doing this!

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Amy S

December 22nd, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Shared on Facebook as well!

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Amy S

December 22nd, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Just subscribed to the email list as well!

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Lauren Ross

December 22nd, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I liked you on FB and LOVE my emails I get!

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Lauren Ross

December 22nd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I also shared this link on my FB page and commented on it.

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Lauren Ross

December 22nd, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I also forwarded the latest Just The Right Byte email to 7 friends (can you tell I want to win?!)

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December 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 am

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January 25th, 2012 at 7:34 am

[...] I work with families (and research/write Fearless Feeding), I get a number of questions that center around the theme “Is this normal?” Periodically, I [...]

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February 29th, 2012 at 8:32 am

[...] haven’t done a Dinner Bar in quite a while—that’s what writing Fearless Feeding has done—redirected my focus! But, you’re in for a treat–this was a big winner [...]

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  Do Snacks Ruin Kids’ Exercise? by Just the Right Byte

March 7th, 2012 at 9:03 am

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Carla Golden

April 10th, 2012 at 7:39 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I was so grateful to read your article and to follow your resource links. My 10 year old is a big, tall girl and while I know a lot about nutrition, I struggle with myself (a former bulimic) and old mental-tapes regarding her size. She is quite sensitive to refined carbs, sugar and dairy, yet she prefers bread, pasta and cheese. She’s getting better about accepting fruits and veggies, however she has an extreme sensitivity to textures. She may like the flavor of something but won’t eat it due to it’s texture: apple sauce, seeds on berries, “slime” on eggs, “goo” on tomatoes, etc. I’m excited to learn more from you on this page and from your book when it is released. Thank you again! I’ve shard your article on my Facebook OneHeathyGirl.com page. Carla aka OneHealthyGirl.com

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Kristen

April 17th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Hmm…Chobani Champions? I don’t know about giving my kids yogurt where sugar is listed before any fruit. I’d rather flavor plain yogurt that doesn’t have five additional ingredients that are not milk, cream and fruit. Don’t get me wrong – I like Chobani. Their plain greek yogurt is legit. The 0% has cultured milk and bacteria. The 2% has cultured milk, cream and bacteria. Once you go into flavored territory (with any yogurt brands) you are getting additional unnecessary ingredients. Use honey to sweeten up the plain yogurt with a splash of vanilla and plenty of fruit. It is delicious and you can control the sugar you and your family gets with the extra bonus of nothing else but fruit.

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Jill

April 19th, 2012 at 5:37 am

I agree that plain yogurt with fruit wins out over any flavored yogurt on the market–no argument from me! Some children won’t touch plain yogurt, so food manufacturers have provided consumers an alternative. You might find this post from Fooducate and response from Chobani insightful. http://blog.fooducate.com/2010/07/18/whats-inside-chobani-champions-greek-yogurt-for-kids/

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May 3rd, 2012 at 7:06 am

[...] stop me from plugging ahead with a strategy to make fish a family favorite. As you will see in Fearless Feeding, the nutrients supplied by fish (omega-3 fatty acids and DHA) are especially important for children, [...]

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May 16th, 2012 at 8:22 am

[...] my situation. It doesn’t help that I am completely distracted (and stressed) about finishing up Fearless Feeding, which is due to the publisher in just 2 short [...]

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May 30th, 2012 at 7:04 am

[...] tell by looking at all the fresh fruit and veggies!), and am resurrecting it this week as I finish Fearless Feeding (due this Friday!). Many of you will look to summer as a time to slow down and work on the things [...]

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