Changing Your Child’s Diet
Many moms want to eat healthy and they want their kids to eat healthy too but how do you get a ten year old to choose healthy eating? How do get them to crave foods that will not harm their bodies? How do you go from Fruit Loops and Pop Tarts to Baby Carrots and Fresh Fruit?
There is hope. In the process of changing children’s diets, you must remember that they are probably not as excited about this new way of eating as you are, yet they do respond much more quickly to diet change than adults. Remember you can’t change anyone overnight. Here are a few points to keep in mind if you don’t want to face a food battle each day.
- Set an example, the old motto “ children do as I say” does not work well unless they can also “do as you do”. They are aware even if you think they are not watching.
- Sit your child down and explain to them on their level what a good diet and bad diet can do. Let them know about diabetes, how TV commercials seldom advertise healthy foods, and what different types of food do once they are in your body.
- Make mealtime a positive time for the family. Let them fix part of the meal, talk about fun activities at the table. This is not the time to go over the note sent home from the teacher. Why not let them choose a meal each week?
- Try to make your meals as colorful as possible.
- Try one new recipe each week. This will gradually give you a large variety of meals to prepare. This can also add to the fun. Monday night could be designated “Mom’s new meal night”. How about letting each child pick a recipe out to try each week?
- Encourage your children to eat salad. You can add many different types of veggies into the salads and offer a wide variety of salad dressings.
- Most children love bread. Try to replace most of the bread in your children’s diet. This might be the one area you tackle before making a main dish that is all-natural and healthy. Instead of serving bread try Cauliflower Rice, quinoa, spaghetti squash, or mashed cauliflower.
- Variety is the key to a balanced diet. It is more important to have a variety of foods eaten at one meal than quantity.
Change happens little by little and inch by inch. Changing one or two things in your family’s diet each month will evoke less resistance than emptying out the cupboards of everything familiar and replacing them with foods your kids don’t recognize.
To Your Best Health and Your Family's Health,