4 Ways To Get Kids To Eat Healthy Food
Good habits start young, and so, if you build a healthy association with food, your children will most likely retain it throughout their lifetime.
We are what we eat. Our relationship with food is a very powerful one, which should be pleasant and fun. It controls our mind, body, and emotions.
Traditionally, food brought people together, and was associated with celebrations and happiness. Today, dinner times are turning into war zones.
Just as children have the capability to solve a math problem very early in life, they also have the ability to understand what goes in their mouth. I have seen kids as young as 5-years-old read labels and make choices for themselves. Teach them young.
What if we gave the power to every member (including kids) around the table to decide what goes into their mouth, making it a pleasant experience? Read on.
- Monkey see, monkey do – Stop eating junk, so your kids stop eating it. Reaching out to a diet soda only teaches a child either of 2 things – it’s acceptable to drink soda, or it’s ok to diet. Either won't work in the long run. Eating disorders start early in life. Eat what you would want your kids to eat.
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2. Out of mind, out of sight – If kids don't see cookies and junk around the house, they will reach out to healthier foods like fruits and vegetables. We, as adults, have a hard time resisting junk food when it’s in the house. If you have junk lying around, kids will eat it – every single day, till you run out of it.
As a mother of 2 kids, I do not buy food I don’t want them to eat. There are no exceptions. Our guests eat healthy too! That said, we do not obsess over eating an occasional cupcake or chips, at a party. We also go out for our weekly ice-cream treat.
3. Do not use the word ‘diet’ in the house – When I work with my clients, I ask them to make a lifestyle change – habits that will last. Diets don't. Negativity associated with eating will have a negative connotation of food in your child's mind forever.
4. Introduce with joy – We ALWAYS have a huge selection of veggies with every meal at home. When kids see colours, they pick their favourite. We are giving them the power to choose their favourite out of the foods we pick for them. Never force your child to eat food. It's not a battle-ground. Keep introducing different colours, flavours, and textures.
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Remember, habits are formed early on in life. Encouraging children to eat healthy today will lead to healthy adults in the future.