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Healthy Eating for Kids

In today's fast food friendly world, it doesn't always seem easy.

By
Cheryl Butler,
April 13, 2007
Episode #010

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Hey There!  You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parenting. Today’s Topic: Eat Your Vegetables; Tips to Encourage Healthy Eating.

In today’s fast food friendly world, it doesn’t always seem easy to make healthy eating choices for ourselves, let alone for our children. Yet, it is very important that we instill these healthy eating habits as early as possible. Giving our children a head start to a healthy lifestyle will help them to make better choices in the future.

The first thing you can do to help your child is to educate yourself. Speak to your pediatrician or a nutritionist. Make sure you feel confident in the choices you are making for your family. Eating healthy as a family is a great start! By eating together and making healthy choices for yourself, you are setting an example for your children.

When planning meals, serve your children the same foods as the rest of the family. You may need to make a few adjustments based on the age of the children and the amount of teeth available. When introducing new foods, be sure to incorporate one or two of your child’s favorite healthy foods into the meal. Keep in mind that a child may not eat a new food the first few times it is served. He might not even want to taste it. Pressuring your child to eat something he doesn’t want will only cause frustration. You can encourage him to try it, but don’t force the issue.

I see a lot of parents rushing their children through meals. This is not a good practice.  Everybody seems to be so busy these days. This causes us to rush through our own meals as well as pushing our kids through theirs. If a child eats too fast, their body will not have the time to recognize that their hunger has been satiated. This can cause over-eating, which can cause the stomach to stretch. Allow time for your meals and encourage your children to eat slowly and enjoy their food.

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