March 19, 2013 by Alain G. Braux, Amazon
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In my honest opinion, Mrs. Welch applies the following dictate to her own book: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It is obvious that the advice she gives in her book “The Pizza Trap” is the type that only a mom with her background as a Certified Holistic Health Coach can offer.
I found Gabrielle’s book highly educational and loaded with common sense practical advice. Yet, when needed, she explains the science behind her reasoning to validate her research. Her book is smartly laid out and formatted in a sweet 1950s retro style, redolent of Mother Knows Best.
As a chef and nutrition therapist myself, I fully agree with her concept of using only “real” food to feed children. She does suggest some basic supplementation to help complement possible nutrition deficiencies but the core of her belief is that clean, fresh and healthy food is the best way to grow a child into a healthy adult.
She also emphasizes teaching your children the “whys” of her food decisions. The earlier you train your children to recognize what’s healthy from what’s junk, the more likely they will able to fend for themselves later in life. She believes, as I do, that we parents are in charge and should not give children free range when it comes to their food choices, no matter how much whining they do. She also suggests that we parents should take matters into our own hands when it comes to our children’s food outside of home: supermarkets, school cafeteria, sports and at friends’ homes.
She’s also gentle on you, as the overwhelmed parent – mostly moms. She takes you by the hand and leads you into the wild territory of how to pick healthy food and how to handle changes with your kids. First, educate yourself and introduce the changes progressively. Make it fun and playful but stay the course. It won’t happen overnight but if you persist, you will eventually win the battle against refined and junk food. And never forget that they are watching you. If you don’t toe the line yourself, they will think you are a hypocrite and refuse to listen to you.
I know from personal experience it is not easy. I have been through those battles as well. It took my son 20 years to “get it” but now he thanks me for being a health nut and bugging him for all these years. You’ll know you have done right by them when you see your grown children teach their own children the same tricks you taught them.
I am a practical guy. In this book, Mrs. Welch provides a lot of practical, real life advice to moms on how to help their kids live a healthier, more fulfilling life.