DEVELOPING HEALTHY EATING HABITS SINCE CHILDHOOD

Most of the parents struggle in feeding their kids as they binge on junk foods. Eating well can be hard in busy and hectic schedule and grab and go options are readily available. My tips will help you in incorporating healthy eating habits in your kids so that they get all the nutrition since childhood.

Here are few tips which will help you out :-

1. Family Meals Time
2. Be A Role Model By Improving Your Eating Habits
3. Variation Of Healthy Snacks
4. Involvement Of Kids In The Process
5. Avoid Battles Over Food

Habit 1. Family Meals Time –

Family meals must be incorporated as they develop healthy relationships between parents and children. Kids who take part in regular family meals tend to :-

1. Have fruits, vegetables and grains
2. Avoid junk food
3. Have meals on time

Also, family meals are a chance for parents to introduce kids to new foods and to be role models for healthy eating.


Habit 2. Be A Role Model By Improving Your Eating Habits-

At every stage of life we learn from our role models, children are not exceptions. Best way to inculcate healthy eating in kids is to improve your eating habits first as kids learn from adults as they are their role models. By eating fruits and vegetables and not overindulging in the less nutritious stuff, you will be sending the right message. Another way to be a good role model is to serve appropriate portions and not overeat.


Habit 3. Variation Of Healthy Snacks can be good for Healthy Eating-

Variations in healthy snacks for healthy eating

Kids, especially younger ones, will eat mostly what you give them. Therefore it’s important to keep healthy snacks and food ingredients at home. Serve them tasty, appealing food as kids love colors and whatever they feel attractive to the eyes, they eat that. So be innovative! This is definitely help you to develop healthy eating habits among children.


Habit 4. Involvement Of Kids In The Process-

Involve kid in process to train for Healthy Eating

Most kids will enjoy deciding what to make for dinner with you so talk to them about making choices and planning a balanced meal. The more they will be interested in planning meals, the more they would love to shop for the ingredients and while shopping the ingredients teach kids about food labels as well. There’s another important reason why kids should be involved: It can help prepare them to make good decisions on their own about the foods they want to eat. It won’t happen that suddenly they will eat salad instead of french fries, but the mealtime habits you help create now can lead to a lifetime of healthier choices.


Habit 5. Avoid Battles Over Food-

It’s easy for food to become a source of conflict.

Kids should decide when they are hungry and when they are full, what they will eat from the foods served. Parents should control which foods are available to their kids, both at major meals and snack time.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

1.Establish a predictable schedule of meals and snacks– This will avoid in between
meals unhealthy snacking.
2.Don’t force kids to finish their meals- Doing so teaches kids to override feelings of
fullness
3.Don’t bribe or reward kids with food- Stop bribing kids with desserts for finishing
their meals
4.Don’t use food as a way of showing love- To show your love to kids, hug them,
praise them, spare your precious time for them.

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUILD A HEALTHY FUTURE BY YOUR EFFORTS!

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Dt Garima Kapoor
Dt. Garima Kapoor, Dietitian

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