Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more parenting stories and videosNEW YORK: It is normal for toddlers to go through a picky eating phase, but experts say parents can help them learn to handle new sensations and avoid a battle of wills.Hildy S Lipner, chief of paediatric speech pathology at Joseph M Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey, said that by the time she sees children with picky eating problems, they are usually between 18 months and three years old, and already have their patterns well established.While those patterns reflect children’s different temperaments, they may also go back to the way parents and children navigated that normally picky toddler phase.So at six months or so, which is when the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends introducing solid foods into a baby’s diet, parents should be aware that babies are already establishing habits. “The best time to transition kids as you go up the textural … [Read more...] about How to deal with the ‘picky eating’ phase of your toddler
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SINGAPORE: During the hectic lunch hour, freelance social worker Shihui Khee’s instructions on how her food should be served can ruffle a few feathers.“Some people behind me in the queue will say quite passive-aggressive things,” the 36-year-old told Channel NewsAsia. “Like ‘oh you’re so slow’ or ‘it’s not like I have all the time in the world’.”It’s not that Ms Khee is a picky eater. Rather, she refuses to use disposables like plastic and styrofoam containers or paper cups when eating out or ordering takeaways. Food goes strictly into her 1l collapsible lunchbox; cold drinks into her 750ml cup.This means taking a longer time to process her order, especially with stallholders who pre-pack their Styrofoam boxes with rice. Still, Ms Khee is serious about reducing her waste. The “kick up my backside” was a newspaper article she read last May about how the Great Barrier Reef had … [Read more...] about From ditching disposables to composting, the women going the extra mile to reduce waste
PAHANG, MALAYSIA: Two hours into our journey by truck through a landscape of palm oil plantations and pockets of deforested countryside, we pulled up to a small side road leading to our destination, and our host, Ms Mariani Ramli, asked us to turn off our cameras.“I don’t want to give my location away,” she said. “A lot of people are after me. They hate me.”The 31-year-old’s activities on social media have drawn more than just the usual trolls – her posts hitting out at Malaysia’s illegal exotic pet trade, naming and shaming the poachers and traders involved in this lucrative black market, have provoked ire and threats.“They call me names online. And they ask me to mind my own business, otherwise something bad will happen to me,” she said.We were on our way to the secluded, secret sanctuary she’d built and almost single-handedly runs to rehabilitate rescued victims of the traders. Specifically, six gibbons: Daru, Daly, … [Read more...] about Gibbons’ hope: The city girl who gave up all to save victims of pet trade
LANGLEY, British Columbia: Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini.But this is no garbage dump. It's a farm.Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the bugs into protein-rich food for fish, poultry - even pets. After being fattened up, the fly larvae will be roasted, dried and bagged or pressed to extract oils, then milled into a brown powder that smells like roasted peanuts.The small but growing insect farming sector has captured attention and investments from some heavyweights in the US$400 billion-a-year animal feed business, including U.S. agricultural powerhouse Cargill Inc , feed supplier and farm products and services company Wilbur-Ellis Co and Swiss-based Buhler Group, which makes crop processing machinery.Fast food giant McDonald's is studying using insects for chicken feed … [Read more...] about Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand
By Casey Seidenberg The Washington Post Tues., April 3, 2018 Yes, feeding children can be challenging. They can be picky eaters. They may start rejecting foods they once loved or feel too afraid to try new ones. They may refuse vegetables and insist that ketchup tops everything. All these behaviours are normal, yet as parents, there are right ways and wrong ways to respond. We can help our kids push through these periods with healthy habits intact, or we can lead them toward overeating, emotional eating or picky eating through the way we handle food. I spoke with Dina Rose, a sociologist, parent educator and author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating, about creating and nurturing healthy relationships with food. Rose explained to me that “when parents are really heavily focused on their kids such as ‘how can I get my kid to eat this’ or on the food such as ‘what can I cook that … [Read more...] about Parental feeding styles can have consequences for kids, which type is yours?