The Stanford Inn's New Family Package Helps Kids Overcome Picky Eating

Got a picky eater in the family? One where this week they only like orange foods and next week they'll be refusing to eat anything but plain buttered pasta at every meal? Have no fear, a new family getaway hotel package is here to help! Now your next relaxing vacation comes with a big helping of overcoming picky eating habits.

The Stanford Inn and Resort, a historic farm and eco-resort, is offering families a chance to grab an apron and get cooking – down to the littlest family members – all in the name of healthy habits.

“This vacation package is a unique opportunity for parents, with their children, to slow down, come together, play together, and learn together," says Sid Garza-Hillman, Wellness Program Director and author of Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family. The package also includes a creation portion with a family art and creativity class, led by a registered art therapist.

Raising and nurturing a healthy family is challenging. Garza-Hillman, who advocates a predominately whole food, plant-based diet, feels parents are often overwhelmed with what challenges might be involved as well children who are picky eaters and are resistant to new dishes. That's exactly why the new package is so necessary. It's a fun and accessible way for both parents and children to receive science-based information, plus real-life, practical tools that will empower them to establish long-term healthy living habits, resulting in a healthy and happy home — free of picky eaters! The whole family will gain skill and techniques to bring back to the kitchen at home that are manageable and sustainable.

The Vibrant Families vacation package is available as an add-on to a three-night minimum stay any time of year.  The classes/sessions are taught at the resort over the course of the three days with plenty of down-time to play and explore the breathtaking Mendocino coast. The property also features an education farm and plenty of outdoor activities to keep the whole family active when you're not busy cooking and creating.

The Vibrant Families vacation package includes:

·      Family Cooking Class

·      Family Art & Creativity Class

·      Healthy Living Class/Nutrition Class

·      Establishing Healthy Family Habits Class

·      Copy of  Sid Garza-Hillman’s book - Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family

·      Copy of The Art of Play: Ignite Your Imagination to Unlock Insight, Healing, and Joy by Joan Stanford

·      Three Dinners

·      An “Art Corner” during all classes for infants (and/or siblings who'd like a break) that is within view of parents with art supplies and games

The package costs $585/couple (single parent pricing is also available) and $150/child (ages 4-17). Children 3 and under are free. Happy cooking!