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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #114 Hunger Cues vs. Meal Plans
January 30, 2009


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Aren't Hunger Cues Better Than Meal Plans?

Jessica Setnick, Registered Dietitian and founder of Understanding Nutrition in Dallas, Texas, explains the question you may be wondering -- “But isn’t it better to teach someone to use their hunger cues?”

In theory, this sounds good. And yes, as an ultimate goal, self-trust and reliance is a wonderful place to be.

But remember that many people have LOST their internal cues – if they hadn’t, they wouldn’t be struggling with disordered eating.

Not lost as in, “I know they’re here somewhere, if I just keep digging in my purse I will find them,” but lost as in Gilligan’s Island – uncharted territory with no supplies and no sign of rescue.

That’s where the meal plan comes in.

It’s a life preserver until they learn how to swim. Don’t throw someone in the water – that will simply make them more afraid. Give them a life jacket and teach them to kick while they’re in the water. Give them praise for attempting to paddle. And remind them that all this time they are safe.

The meal plan is the life jacket, not a straightjacket. It keeps them safe while they learn to swim, but doesn’t prevent them from trying some new strokes.

Read more about Jessica's Eating Disorder Boot Camps for Professional's at

Understanding Nutrition




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Tollhouse Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 3/4 cups shredded carrots

1 8oz can crushed juice-packed pineapple

1 cup nuts (chopped)

1 cup Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate mini-morsels

1 1/4 cups sugar

as needed chopped nuts for garnish

as needed Creamy White Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13x9 inch baking pan. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg - set aside. In large mixer bowl, beat sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs until well blended.

Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in carrots, pineapple, nuts and mini morsels. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely. Spread with creamy white frosting. Garnish with additional nuts.

Source: www.northpole.com



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