Monday, January 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? by Joy Feldman

UPDATE 2/18/13:  Joy Feldman is doing a statewide tour in R.I., reading in over 200 schools and libraries. City mayors, local celebrities and the governor are participating and will be doing readings in an act of solidarity for children's health.  More info on Facebook and in the Rhode Island Monthly

Best wishes to you, Joy, and to all those lives you will touch with your goodness!

As published in The HolisticNetworker:

Joy Feldman, author

Whether the subject is religion, education, politics, or even eating -- when you swim against the current, you’d better be strong, confident, and resilient.  Parents who work to feed their children nutritious foods know this well.

The Sea Change

Around the world and throughout time, the choice of what to eat has been made by adults combining the foods harvested in the region, along with an understanding of what food combinations best served the health needs of the people in that area and created pleasant tastes.  Children were not consulted in this matter, as of course, they would not yet know what is best for their bodies.  Rather, they were given to eat what the adults ate—the adults knowing what was best and taking the time to prepare it. 

It is only in the last 75 years or so that food, for the majority in the States, has become a matter of what was easiest to serve and most entertaining—regardless of the affect on the body—and that children as young as two or three years old were asked at the drive-through window, What do you want to eat?

The change in approach has been so complete that now people who invest the time and money to buy local, organic foods, to prepare home cooked meals, and who refuse to eat processed factory foods are considered extreme.  In the case of parents who do this for their children, they are called “strict”, “strange”, or even “mean” when working to protect their children from factory foods and toxins!  Further, other adults will often sabotage the parents’ efforts with their children by offering—or sneaking –“treats” to the kids when parents aren’t watching. 

When children see the other kids at school and in the neighborhood eating foods that glow in the dark, sparkle, and pop, it is only natural that they will be curious about them, and in many cases, devour them when parents aren’t around. 


In that environment, parents swimming against the “food current” and working to keep their children healthy can use all the support they can get.

Some Helpful Ideas

--In Utero and Breast milk: Mothers set the stage for their children’s tastes in utero and when breastfeeding.  Of course the baby’s nourishment is directly affected by the healthy choices a mother makes before it is born, and it develops taste preferences and the ability to digest different foods from the micronutrients that are transferred in the breast milk.

--Beginning on Solids: When beginning children on solid foods, there is no need whatsoever for them to have added sugars, salts, or flavors.  Sugary fruit juices (this includes juice without “added sugar”) and fruits in syrup are not an ideal choice, and are discouraged in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

Baby food in the States—along with adult food—has become a circus of flavors and colors that are not only unnecessary, but according to TCM doctor Bob Flaws, also leads to many of the chronic ear/nose/throat infections we see in infants and children.

Simple, organic puréed grains and root vegetables first, followed by other vegetables, legumes and meats (and/or other protein), and a small amount of seasonal fruit sets the stage for healthy choices for a lifetime.

--Young Children and Teens: Constant learning and involvement helps children understand why parents are giving them foods different from what they see all around them. 

  • Have them shop with you, choose different colored fruits and vegetables, have them help cook, and discuss the nutrient properties of the foods—make it fun! 

  • Tell them that you know what you’re doing is different, and that it is because you love and respect them that you are working to provide the best for them. They can learn to be proud rather than ashamed of their difference.

  • Read books about nutrition together with kids.  But what books?  There are many, and today we’ll introduce a new one called Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?, from nutrition speaker and writer, Joy Feldman.

Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?

Is Your Hair Made of Dounuts?

Joy Feldman, author of award-winning Joyful Cooking: In the Pursuit of Good Health, now turns her focus to helping children—and the parents working so hard to feed them properly. 

In her book, Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?, she presents in a colorful and engaging way how literally we are what we eat! She does a wonderful job of capturing children’s attention with a subject they would often otherwise find boring.  Further, she helps them see that though they’re are not surrounded by other children eating the way they do, they are not alone or weird—they are intelligently building strength and health. 

For parents who could use a little support in helping their children appreciate nutritious foods—and who wouldn’t?—Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is a fun read and creates memorable impressions on those growing minds!

Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? (ISBN: 978-0-615-55515-7, Category: Children’s Picture Book, 40 pages, 18 full color illustrations, $8.95, Distributed by Pathways) will be released on March 1, 2012 in conjunction with National Nutrition Month. Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? will also be available in an eBook edition.

ALLIE CHEE After earning a BA in literature and a 2nd degree black belt in Korean martial arts, 20 years traveling in 50 countries, working in numerous entrepreneurial ventures, and serving as co-publisher of a leading financial industry magazine, Allie Chee lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and daughter and is a student at Stanford.

Her articles have appeared in: 
•  The Well Being Journal
•  The Holistic Networker
•  The Birthing Site
•  Natural Mother Magazine 
•  MidwiferyToday

Her published titles are: New Mother, Free Love & Go, Jane!

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1 comment:

Christina said...

This book cover is hillarious. I can not wait to read it to my children ages 12, 10 and 6. Soon I will let you know of their responses. They are pretty well trained; however, at Grandma's house anything goes. She does have hair made of donughts :)

My favorite line in this article is about the circus of flavors and colors of baby food. Great visual!

Thank you for writing this book.