What’s Eating Your Child? {Book Review}

What's Eating Your Child?A few weeks ago, I was sent a copy of the book “What’s Eating Your Child?” by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND. The title continues, “The Hidden Connections Between Food and Childhood Ailments: Anxiety, Recurrent Ear Infections, Stomachaches, Picky Eating, Rashes, ADHA, and More. And What Every Parent Can Do About It.

When I first heard about the book, I was very anxious to get my hands on a copy. I am mom to 3 very picky eaters, and one of my picky eaters has almost a “bi-polar” attitude. One moment, he will be as sweet as can be, loving me, hugging me, and so well behaved. And then, something snaps, and he’s mean, vindictive, and spiteful. It is absolutely crazy to me. I wanted to see if this book could offer any help. Maybe it couldn’t solve the “bi-polar” issues, but it may be able to help with the picky eating, right?

I figured it was definitely worth a try.

I read the entire book through in one sitting. I had heard that food can affect certain emotional behaviors. I have a friend that’s been trying to convince me of that for months now. She changed her entire family’s diet, and she has seen drastic changes in her children. I figured it was coincidence. Food can’t make that much impact on us, can it?

Each chapter of the book convinced me how wrong I really was. You should see how much I have marked up, highlighted, and dog-eared this book. But, there is just so much information in there that I found myself constantly going back to it.

Because of this book, I learned that Zander’s chicken skin is a lack of essential fatty acids. Because he is such a picky eater, he is missing out on so many things that his body needs. The book gave practical, easy to follow advice on how to introduce these essential fats into Zander’s diet. It’s still a battle, and we’re still dealing with quite a bit of chicken skin, but it is getting better.

The biggest change, though, has been in Jace. The book suggested that Jace’s “bi-polar” emotions could be caused by too much gluten in his diet. As I read, all I could think about it how much gluten I serve: pasta dishes, breads, and on and on… My cupboards were full of gluten-based products. For one week, I gave Jace absolutely no gluten. (Do you know how expensive and difficult that is? More power to the moms who deal with maintaining gluten free diets in their household!) By day 2, Jace was a completely different kid. And, now, when he starts to act up, I realize he’s been getting too much gluten and I need to cut back.

The entire book is full of tips just like those mentioned above. And in the back of the book, you can find a fabulous “FAQ section.” That section answered dozens of my questions, and I find myself going back to it all the time.

I cannot promise that this book will “cure” your child, but it can tell you what it has done for my children – it has made a world of difference! If you have been wondering how food affects your children, or if you’ve noticed some odd behaviors in your child, I would highly, highly recommend this book.

Book Details:
“What’s Eating Your Child”
Workman Publishing – New York
ISBN 978-0-7611-6119-6
$13.95 US

You can find the book at your local bookstore. I’ve also found it on Amazon for just $10.95 with free super saver shipping. (The kindle edition is just $9.39.) To learn more about the book, visit the website whatseatingyourchild.com.

Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Workman Publishing and received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own, and should be read as such. I am not a medical professional, and make no claims this book will “cure” your child. I was in no way compensated for this post.

Blast Off to Rocket Town! {Review}

Rocket TownParker is all about anything that has to do with transportation: cars, trucks, boats, planes, tractors, trains… it doesn’t matter what it is. If it goes, he’s in love.

So, when I was given the chance to review a new book by Bob Logan called “Rocket Town,” I jumped at the chance.

The book is amazing. It’s a short, easy to read board book. The illustrations, however, are absolutely incredible! The colors and the excitement on each page are captivating and just a whole lot of fun to look at. I glanced through it myself first, and then I read through it with Parker. We read it once, then again, then another time. Each time, he got more and more excited. His favorite part of the book is the countdown…. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1….. BLASTOFF! He’ll shout it just as loud as he can, every single time! (I’ve learned to hide the book during the baby’s nap time!)

The rockets in Rocket Town aren’t your normal, every day rockets. These rockets are fun and unique, each one special in it’s own way. My favorite is the ice cream truck rocket. Parker loves the school bus rocket and the yellow truck rocket. (The yellow truck rocket is the one that gets to blastoff!)

Parker just loves this book, and I love that he wants to sit and look at the pictures, or read the book with me. Books like Rocket Town are a great way to get young kids excited about reading and instill a love for reading in their little hearts and minds.

The author and illustrator, Bob Logan, has worked as a story artist on feature animations such as Madagascar and Open Season, as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. His illustrations don’t disappoint! You’ll want to get your hands on a copy of the book just because of the illustrations. And at just $7.99, it is definitely worth every penny!

You can purchase Rocket Town on Amazon.com for $7.99 and it’s eligible for free super saver shipping. You can also get to know the author/illustrator on his blog: BoB LOGan

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Sourcebooks on behalf of Rocket Town. I received a copy of the book to get my honest and thorough review. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day TWENTY

Day Twenty: Books

My reading is limited to kids books lately. Here are just a few that read on a daily basis. Usually several times a day… 🙂

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