Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Eating These Foods Makes Me... by Kalifa Rodriguez

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What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I wanted to be a doctor. From a very young age I was always fascinated by the human body and I knew I wanted to help people. I looked forward to biology class and I naturally excelled in the field of science. My family always supported my dream. It was only in college that I became more intrigued by the field of nutrition. Now I’m a clinical nutritionist, basically, the food doctor, while doctors primarily treat medical conditions with medicine, I treat them with food!

What superpower would you love to have? Why?

I would love to have the ability of telepathy. Even to this day I sometimes struggle to effectively communicate my thoughts, clearly and articulately. I can think of so many instances where telepathy would have solved a lot of issues I’ve faced. I wouldn’t want the ability to telepathically read someone’s thoughts, just the ability to direct my thoughts or feelings with someone without the need for speech, writing or any other normal means of communication.

What book is on your nightstand currently?

Psycho cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. How a plastic surgeon was able to discover and explain the secret behind how shifting our thoughts and perceptions of ourselves can completely alter who we are from the inside out is incredibly intriguing to me.

Favorite hot beverage. Why?

Oh my gosh!!! This question is so hard to answer because I have so many favourites, it truly depends on the season. For example in the fall my favourite hot beverage is a pumpkin spice late, especially on a damp chilly day, it’s just heavenly.

Ideal summer vacation.

I’m a Caribbean girl, so I love the sun and the beach!! I would say my ideal summer vacation would be visiting a romantic couples resort with my husband, exploring a new island where I can explore the local highlights by day, enjoy trying new foods and relax on the beach while we watch the sunset by night.

Favorite pizza toppings.

Pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, olives, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, hot peppers and pineapples. I know it sounds crazy, but I can’t even think of a pizza topping I dislike!

Favorite class in high school. Why?

Science class was always my favourite. It was one of the only classes that I found fun! I loved that there was always something new to learn and honestly, science always felt magical to me…although something may seem strange or peculiar, you know there is always a logical explanation for why it is the way it is. Science always engaged my curiosity in a way other classes didn’t.

Is your kid a picky eater? Do you want your child to enjoy eating a variety of foods? Reading can be a proactive way to introduce your little one to the amazing world of nutrition! In this book, readers will explore healthy foods and learn how key nutrients benefit the body. These pages repeat positive affirmations that will empower and build your child's mindfulness about the foods they eat.

It is never too early to instill life-long healthy eating habits. Happy reading! Or should I say, happy eating!

Read an Excerpt

Fun Learning Activities to Promote Healthy Nutrition

1. Using paper and crayons or coloured pencils, draw a rainbow, and then draw a fruit or vegetable that is the same colour as each colour of the rainbow. You can even use this book for ideas. Remember to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables (at least 5 servings) each day! How many have you eaten today?

2. Do you like to play any sports or games? Do you like to walk to the park? Help your parents choose and prepare an energizing snack before the next game or walk to the park.

3. Eat your water? That sounds silly! Did you know that some fruits and veggies such as celery are mostly made up of water and can also help to keep you hydrated? Can you think of any others? Now try adding those slices of fruit or even cucumber to your water bottle to give it some pizazz.

4. Try introducing interactive sensory play for preschoolers (age 3 and older). Gather a variety of beans, nuts, or seeds on a tray or in a bowl with a spoon. Under adult supervision, let the preschooler feel, grab, and scoop the legumes, nuts, and seeds. See if the toddler can separate them based on different colours, sizes, and textures while the adult names each food and talks about how these foods make us strong from the proteins and smart from the healthy omega fats.

About the Author:
Kalifa Rodriguez is a registered dietitian and certified breastfeeding specialist. She currently works as a clinical nutritionist in Montreal, Canada. After receiving her bachelor's degree in nutritional biochemistry, she went on to complete a master's degree in human nutrition and dietetics at McGill University. Kalifa is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyle choices through nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. She also hopes to leave a positive impact in the community through her work by giving nutrition education sessions to community groups and organizations. Kalifa and her husband are parents to their delightful toddler, who is the inspiration for this book.



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