Health and Nutrition
“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” ~Joseph Addison
Creating an environment where your kids can make healthy nutritional choices is one of the most significant steps you can take to ensure the health of your child. With a supportive environment you can develop a positive relationship of your child with healthy food.
Here are a few tips for children to eat healthy food and form wise nutritional habits.
- Avoid placing restrictions on food
Restricting food may increase the risk of your child developing eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia later in life. It can also have a negative effect on growth and development. Instead of prohibiting foods such as heavily processed, low-quality junk foods, it is important to talk about all the healthy, nutritional options that are available. It is equally vital to encourage your child to choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.
- Keep healthy food handy
Children will eat what’s available. Keep fruit in a bowl at the most conveniently accessed place of the house. Remember, your child can only choose foods that you stock in the house, so you can always keep an apple as a snack option.
- Share with the children advantages of healthy food
Let your child know that lean protein such as calcium in dairy products gives them strength for sports. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables add lustre to skin and hair. And eating a healthy breakfast can help them keep focus in class.
- Praise healthy choices
A word of appreciation, praise or even a proud smile will do wonders to your child’s choice of food when you see him/her choosing healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, or low-fat dairy during their outings.
- Don’t nag about unhealthy choices
When children choose fatty, fried, unhealthy foods, redirect them by suggesting a healthier option rather than nagging them about their food choices.