Kids do not come with an instruction manual when it comes to how to raise them to eat healthy. As parents it is our duty to instill healthy habits to our kids so they can bring these into adulthood. Here is a guide on how to instill healthy eating habits to your kids.
You Control the Supply Lines
You determine which food to purchase and when to serve them. While kids may pester you to buy junk food and other unhealthy stuff, you as the adult should ensure that what you stock in your home is healthy. Kids won’t go hungry as they will eat whatever is available in the fridge or in the cupboard. Don’t deprive them of absolutely getting rid of every junk food. Eat is ok to let them indulge once in a while so they do not feel deprived.
Kids Need to Have a Say
You need to get your kids involved when it comes to eating healthy food. Schedule regular meals and snack times and from the selections that you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they prefer. While this may seem that you are giving too much freedom, allowing them a say in the matter will get them to be more cooperative in achieving healthy eating goals.
Don’t Impose a Clean Plate Policy
Let your kids stop eating when they feel that they had enough. Many of us grew up with the clean-plate rule, so we know that approach does not help kids listen to their bodies when they feel full already. If kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness they are less likely to overeat plain and simple.
Start Them Early
Preferences to certain food items are developed early in life so there is a golden opportunity for parents to show kids a lot of variety. Likes and dislikes form in infancy so you need to serve new food on different occasions to determine a child’s liking. Do not force your kids to eat food they do not want. If they are wary about certain foods, offer a few bites only. With bigger kids, ask them to try one bite.