Healthy eating habits were forced on me as a kid. There are a few stories about me from my childhood that circulate through my family often, even now. Mind you, I am 37. One is about how when I was little, I would never eat the food I was given and would sit and hold it in my cheek for hours.
It was a battle of wills between me and whichever adult was unlucky enough to be taking care of me at the time. I remember sitting alone in the kitchen with food in my mouth while everyone else went about their day.
Now, as an adult in Mom mode, I am all about ensuring my kids create healthy eating habits, but I allow some treats along the way.
Here are a few tips to help you encourage healthy eating habits in your children:
Model healthy eating habits
Praise Good Choices
Get the Kids Involved
This can go much deeper than the tactics above. You can have your kids help you with meal planning for the week and grocery shopping as well as picking herbs or veggies from your garden if available. Teaching your children about food and where it comes from when they’re not at the kitchen table helps them feel more in control of their choice to eat it when they are sitting down for the meal.
Don’t Make Foods “Bad”
A more objective, nutrition-based view of food, or taking a “how I feel” approach may help. Explain what certain foods do inside the body and ask your kids to describe how they feel after eating certain foods. (You may have to prompt them a bit because they may say “great!!” after they eat a huge bowl of candy.)
Lie & Cheat
I allow treats but I am getting more and more selective of what I will offer Rohan and Kaya. Cat Island Cookie and Cracker Company is a 100% natural brand that I feel comfy giving the kids. They make cookies and crackers in many flavors and they are all free of preservatives with no artificial flavors added.
We have been munching on them for a while and have found our favorites. The savory cheese crackers are John’s favorite because they are low carb. I like em too. The spicy asiago flavor is dope, and legit spicy.
This one is John’s favorite.
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