As the holiday season approaches, my excitement about the upcoming festivities is sometimes mixed with a little uncertainty. Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas: No matter which of these holidays you celebrate, they usually involve a whole lot of eating — and an endless stream of treats. For our family, with its unusual set of Indian, German and Jewish South African roots, this season seems particularly out-of-control because we celebrate all of these holidays, one after another. And if we’re not careful, we can easily end up suffering from a severe case of sugar shock.
I have a confession to make: I’m living a dual life. In one, I’m a medical doctor who teaches Stanford courses on child health and nutrition. In the other, I’m a mom trying (and sometimes failing) to make the right food choices for my family. Eating right can be hard when you live in a part of the world where fast food is waiting for you on every street corner. The ads on TV telling tired parents to relax and stop for pizza don’t help much either. But sometimes talking to other parents – and sharing ideas for how to feed our children right – can help a lot. The Healthier, Happy Lives blog at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is a perfect place to start a discussion over the next few months. Together, we can get this right!