He says: “When we dine out, we never allow our kids to order from a children’s menu, because the fattening options usually include pizza or burgers. Instead, we encourage them to order healthy, even sophisticated food, so they may learn to appreciate it. If they end up ordering something they don’t enjoy, they can try an alternative.

“Even when they were very young, we never told our children what we were serving at dinner, and they ended up liking adventurous things like natto, which is fermented soybeans. Also, at home, we never eat with the radio or TV on, and we maintain great family conversations to make the process more enjoyable. Interestingly, as Brandon gets older and feels peer pressure, he wants an occasional McDonald’s and fries, which is fine. But we tell him that eating raw fish is pretty cool, too.”