Project “Portion Size Me” was inspired by ten-year-old Marshall, who was tired of being picked on, unhappy with his appearance and feeling down on himself. Weary of trying to follow strict diets, Marshall, with the help of his mom Alexandra Reid, decided to pay close attention to how they ate for an entire month by looking at portions, reading labels and learning about ingredients. And in the process, this project became a lifestyle for their entire family.
Through an assortment of tips and personal anecdotes, Portion Size Me brings children and their families together to make conscious decisions about what they put into their bodies. Alex and Marshall developed a fun-filled project with six achievable goals to help create positive, long-lasting, healthy behaviors, including:
- Eat as many real foods as possible
- Read ingredients
- Pause before you eat
- Get moving
- Help out in the kitchen
- Watch portion sizes
With easy-to-follow, adaptable recipes and kid-friendly tips, your child will be eager to take charge in the kitchen, and in life as well.
About the Author
Alexandra Reid, former advertising executive at Young & Rubicam, is the mother of Marshall and his sister Jordan. The family, along with their dad, Dan, lives in North Carolina. Marshall Reid, now a sixth-grader, excels in his communication skills. His hobbies include cooking, Tae Kwon Do, playing football, canoeing, and most importantly, playing games on his Playstation.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that makes you look at eating habits of children in a whole new way! I love the way the book incorporated goals which a parent could easily start with their own child. Especially with the content may be eating too much and this book gives great tips and resources as well as recipes that will help the child in changing their own life. The book was fun and easy to read encourages parents and children to talk to one another about eating in their concerns about food. I highly encourage any individual that is looking for a great book that will encourage their child to change their life to read this, you'll not be disappointed.
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