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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Well-Nourished Child Series

In last Wednesday's Kitchen Rescue column, Chef Reggie Aspiras shared that with developmental and behavioral pediatrician Francis Dimalanta, they will be conducting “The Well Nourished Child Series: A Behavioral & Nutritional Approach to Battling Childhood Food Issues ranging from Childhood Obesity, Lactose Intolerance and Food Allergies, Dealing with the Picky Eater, Hyperactive Children & Nourishing Children with Special Needs.”

Now that Naima is into solids, proper nutrition is a top concern for me. She used to eat anything. But as she learns to recognize and differentiate textures and tastes, she has begun to have preferences for food. Since I am no nutritionist or chef, I struggle to find a balance in giving her the right diet and making sure that she eats something -- thus, try to make her food taste yummy.

The Well-Nourished Child Series is a very interesting program that I'm planning to join. The program costs P7,000 per module, which includes cooking class fee, reading materials for the module, recipe folders and meals. The series will begin in May 30, 2009 and will run until August 1, 2009. Classes will be held in La Vista Village, Quezon City (near Ateneo, Loyola). You can choose to enroll in just one module.

There are 5 modules and each module will run for 2 weeks, with the first week devoted to lectures by Dr. Dimalanta and the second week focused on food preparation (shopping, cooking and recipes) by Chef Reggie. I was reviewing the modules and think that Module 3 (The Picky Eater) would be most helpful for me. Module 1 (light cooking to prevent obesity) also looks interesting.

I got the detailed module program from one of my groups. See below for description of the 5 modules:



THE WELL NOURISHED CHILD SERIES”
A Behavioral & Nutritional Approach
To Battling Childhood Food Issues
Conducted by Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician
Dr. Francis Dimalanta & Chef Reggie Aspiras



Dear Parents,



The Well Nourished Child Series is designed to help parents who struggle with their children during meal time; whatever they eat too much, too little or refuse to eat at all. It is also designed for those with special dietary needs.

Apart from addressing specific food issues, Dr. Dimalanta will delve into behavioral patterns, discipline, as well as parenting and coping skills; as this, “are major pre-requisites” to raising a happy, well balanced child.

The recipes and diets are a compilation of Doctor Francis Dimalanta’s notes from his studies, conventions, and seminars he attended, both here and abroad.

Together, he and I collaborated to make meal times easy, interesting, stress-free, delicious… For you, and especially for your loved one!

As each child different, The Well Nourished Child Series celebrates those differences not just by flavors and tastes but holistically as well.

Doc D. and I join you, in toasting your children to a life of health, wealth and good food!


Respectfully,
Chef Reggie Aspiras & Dr. Francis Dimalanta






Module 1



Childhood Obesity – An Alarming Health Concern
By Doctor Francis Dimalanta
Saturday, May 30, 2009 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

• Breast feeding is best for babies
• When to shift from breast milk to semi-solids to solids
• Proper weaning techniques
• How to start your child’s life in good health
• Vitamins and supplements – when & what to give
• Battle of the bulge – If obesity is already a problem
• Obesity – heart disease – diabetes
• Diet Regiments
• Parenting Strategies and Techniques
• When to say yes and How to say no
• One on one nutritional assessment of your child by a nutrition specialist
• Pre-assessment of the child by Doctor Francis Dimalanta
• Cocktails by Chef Reggie Aspiras – A sampling of recipes to be taught the following
Saturday, June 6, 2009



Cooking Light and Right for Your Child
Easy to Prepare Recipes and Techniques by Chef Reggie Aspiras
Saturday, June 6, 2009 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

• Menu and Nutritional guide to best nourish your child from infancy to pre-school
• Grocery Shopping – What, How and Where to shop for food
• Proper weaning techniques
• They are what they eat – understanding food and nutrition
• Cooking Light and Right – Recipes to prevent obesity and for children with weight issues




Module 2

Lactose Intolerance & Food Allergies
By Doctor Francis Dimalanta
Saturday, June 13, 2009 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

• There is hope despite the allergies
• What to do with children who are lactose intolerant and with allergies to dairy product
• Survival Skills for desperate parent
• Proper nutrition – how to nourish a child who cannot take dairy products
• Vitamins and supplementation – other sources of calcium
• The Essential Healing Diets – Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet, Food Reaction Diet,
Anti-Yeast Diet, Anti-Hypoglycemia Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Low Oxalate Diet
• One on one nutritional assessment of your child by a nutrition specialist
• Pre-assessment of the child by Doctor Francis Dimalanta
• Cocktails by Chef Reggie Aspiras – A sampling of recipes to be taught the following
Saturday, June 20, 2009


Lactose Free and Anti Allergy Cuisine for Your Child
By Chef Reggie Aspiras
Saturday, June 20, 2009 (9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

• Menu and Nutritional guide for children with food allergies and those who are lactose
intolerant
• Grocery Shopping – What, How and Where to shop for food
• My anti-allergy kitchen – Reactive Foods and Non-Reactive Foods
• My lactose free kitchen – How and Where to find calcium – What to eat
• Autism, AD/HD, Asthma and Allergies – Are they interconnected?
• Benefits of Healing Diets – Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet, Food Reaction Diet,
Anti-Yeast Diet, Anti-Hypoglycemia Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Low Oxalate Diet
• Preparing quick and easy recipes for the lactose intolerant child – GF/CF based
• Preparing quick and easy recipes using non-reactive ingredients



Module 3

The Picky Eater
By Doctor Francis Dimalanta
Saturday, June 27, 2009 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

• Believe me… Your child will eat! – Parenting strategies to deal with toddlers and children who are picky eaters
• My Child Won’t Eat – How to Discipline / Coping Techniques

• Negotiating, Bargaining and Winning

• Canned Food, Preservatives, Seasonings, Chocolate, Soda, Sugar and Your Child

• Proper nutrition – How and What to feed your child

• Sneaking in nutrients into your child’s diet

• Can the right food raise intelligence levels

• What the body really needs in the course of a day

• Vitamins and supplementation – other sources of calcium
• One on one nutritional assessment of your child by a nutrition specialist

• Pre-assessment of the child by Doctor Francis Dimalanta

• Cocktails by Chef Reggie Aspiras – A sampling of recipes to be taught the following Saturday, July 4, 2009



Creative cooking for the Picky Eater
By Chef Reggie Aspiras
Saturday, July 4, 2009 (9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
• Menu and Nutritional guide for children who refuse to eat
• Grocery Shopping – What, How and Where to shop for food
• Understanding the food groups and how to prepare meals that may be smaller in portion
but packed with nutrition
• Cooking Tactics – Menus that to cater your child’s whim – working on their favorites – adding what is good for them to their diet while slowly withdrawing what is not.
• Prepare healthy, easy, fun and creative meals for your children



Module 4


Hyperactivity and Food Additives: Is There A Connection/Link?
By Doctor Francis Dimalanta
Saturday, July 11, 2009 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

• Do you have a hyperactive child
• Warning Signs
• Is your child’s diet the cause of hyperactivity? If not, what is?
• Dealing with children who may be at risk for an Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
• Sugar? Does it really make life sweet?
• The Essential Healing Diets – Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet, Food Reaction Diet, Anti-Yeast Diet, Anti-Hypoglycemia Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Low Oxalate Diet
Survival Skills for the desperate parent
• One on one nutritional assessment of your child by a nutrition specialist
• Pre-assessment of the child by Doctor Francis Dimalanta
• Cocktails by Chef Reggie Aspiras – A sampling of recipes to be taught the following Saturday, July 18, 2009


Cooking for the Hyperactive Child
By Chef Reggie Aspiras
Saturday, July 18, 2009 (9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

• Menu and Nutritional guide for children who are hyperactive
• Grocery Shopping – What, How and Where to shop for food
• Understanding the food groups and how to use this to your child’s advantage
• Benefits of Healing Diets – Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet, Food Reaction Diet,
Anti-Yeast Diet, Anti-Hypoglycemia Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Low Oxalate Diet
• Preparing meals that are healthy and easy to prepare for hyperactive children
• Sugar, Additive and Preservative Free Recipes




Module 5

A Holistic Approach to Nourishing Children with Special Needs
(Children with developmental disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy,
down syndrome etc..)
By Doctor Francis Dimalanta
Saturday, July 25, 2009 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

• Benefits of a clean environment
• Making your home clean and safe – a toxin free household
• Nutrition Intervention
• Cleaning up the diet
• Detoxifixation
• Special Diets for Children with Special Needs (Children with developmental disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome etc..)
• Dietary Regimens – Which diet is right for your child
Vitamins and supplementation – other sources of calcium
• One on one nutritional assessment of your child by a nutrition specialist
• Pre-assessment of the child by Doctor Francis Dimalanta
• Cocktails by Chef Reggie Aspiras – A sampling of recipes to be taught the following
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Special Diets for Children with Special Needs
By Chef Reggie Aspiras
Saturday, August 1, 2009 (9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

• Grocery Shopping – What, How and Where to shop for food
• Benefits of Healing Diets – Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet, Food Reaction Diet,
Anti-Yeast Diet, Anti-Hypoglycemia Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Low Oxalate Diet
• Special Diet Food Preparation and Cooking – GF / CF


CORRESPONDING FEES:
• P7,000 (Seven Thousand Pesos) per module – Cost inclusive of Cooking Class Fee, Reading Materials pertinent to the Module & Recipe Folders, Meals
• Number of Participants: Limited to 25
• A 50% deposit of P3,500 is required upon registration.
• Full payments must be made a day before the seminar.
• Deposit is fully forfeited if cancellations are made less than a week before May 30, 2009.

For Inquiries & Reservations – 6474744 (loc.165) / 0908-2372346 (Look for Jhem) Or 9289296 / 9273008 (Look for Jane)

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