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Jump Start Family Health

Diet Origins

This diet was developed with a scientific basis using guidelines from the American Dietetic Association and Center for Disease Control.  The author is certified by the American Dietetic Association in Childhood Obesity and Weight Management.

Diet Philosophy

The goal of this diet is to help your family move towards a healthier lifestyle – incorporating more whole foods, fruits, vegetables and lean meats to encourage a healthy weight and improve energy level.  This diet will also help you and your family lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.  In general, children under the age of 13 should not consider losing weight as it could compromise their growth.  If you are using this to assist an overweight child, the goal will always be to maintain their weight and allow their BMI to lower as they grow taller.  Additionally, many of the foods incorporated may be unfamiliar to your child – it is important to never pass judgment  -“my child will not eat that!” – you never know until you try!  Children often need to be exposed to a new food 5 to 10 times until they develop a taste for it so do not give up in your efforts to include more nutritious food in your and your family’s diet.

Diet Claims

This diet will help you and your family adopt a more healthy lifestyle and achieve a healthy weight.  It will also encourage all family members to expand their culinary horizon and try new foods.

Diet Structure

This is not a diet – it is a guide to help you and your family adopt a more healthy lifestyle.  It is only recommended for adults and children over age 5.  This plan is NOT designed for children under age 5, it will not adequately meet their needs for fat which is necessary for brain growth in small children.

Food Restrictions

There are no absolute food restrictions the focus of this plan is moderation and portion control.  Focus more on what your are adding – fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat, rather than what is being taken away.  With children (and adults) be mindful of sweetened beverages such as juice, soda, fruit drinks, etc.  They are limited to one 4 oz serving per day or none at all.  Read labels to avoid high fructose corn syrup, it is added to many foods. Also avoid processed meats like hot dogs and preserved cold cuts.

Supplements

There are no supplements required for this diet plan, however there are optional add-in’s to assist pickier eater better meet their nutritional needs.


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