Involve Your Kids In A Healthy Diet

Eating habits are formed early in childhood and they can be difficult to break. That’s why it is really important to get your children to eat healthily right from the beginning. Sometimes, though, that can be easier said than done. That’s why we have put together some hints and tips on getting your children to eat healthily.

Make children responsible: A fact of being a child is that very few decisions are actually left up to them. That is why children rebel. Having children rebelling over food is just storing up weight problems and eating disorders for the future, though. It’s a battle you don’t need to have. Your best chance of getting children to eat a healthy diet is to involve them in the decisions and educate them. That is what this article is about, how to make children happy to eat a healthy diet so they don’t feel forced into it and feel that they have to fight you on it.

Not everyone is created the same: The media is quite a big pressure for even young children these days. It can push a certain way to look as being the only right way to look. That can be quite damaging to self-esteem, especially for children. You can’t protect your children from all the media’s messages but you can help them to process that information. Girls are more likely to eat healthily if you let them know that eating well is a way for them to get clear skin, beautiful hair, strong nails and an attractive figure. Boys won’t necessarily be interested in that but they may like to know that a healthy diet is the best way for them to develop strong muscles and good skin as well as to do well in sports. If your child wants to eat school meals, get a copy of the school’s lunch menu and discuss healthy choices with your child.

Lead by example: Children learn what we tell them, and the biggest influence on your children is you. Parents have a lot of power when it comes to shaping a child’s views on food. However, the way to use this power wisely and get them into a habit of healthy eating is not to lecture and dictate but to lead by example. Make a point of sitting down together as a family to eat. If children see you eating regularly and eating up your fruit and vegetables, they will too. They will view it as normal. Making mealtimes a fun time where you can all chat and enjoy spending time together will encourage a healthy appetite towards food. Also, ensure that all the family eats regular meals, including breakfast.

That is linked to my next point: Food is a necessity, not a reward or punishment. You should not force children to eat all that you put before them. A taste soon becomes boring for a young child; hence they can eat half their main meal and truthfully say that they are still ready for pudding. They just got bored with their main meal. Don’t make a fuss about that. Don’t hold dessert over them as a reward only for eating everything on their plate as that quickly destroys the child’s inbuilt sense of when they are full or have had enough of a particular food. Also, telling a child that they can only have candy if they eat up all their vegetables simply increases the appeal of the elusive candy and makes the vegetables seem even less appetizing.

Get children involved: Children, especially young children, are much more likely to eat something that they have prepared themselves or at least helped to cook. Let them help you make healthy dishes like salads, home-made burgers, wholemeal scones and pasta dishes. Let them taste as they go along and this will take the mystery and fear out of eating healthy food.

Demystifying healthy food, educating your children, involving them in the cooking process and making mealtimes fun is the best way to encourage your child to have a good attitude toward food. That will make them more likely to eat healthily for life.

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