Learning How to Eat Healthy
Learning How to Eat Healthy
Your children will be more active and they will want to eat healthier because eating healthy is what you do for them. You feed them, clean up after them, and they will learn how to eat healthier so that they will be able to avoid certain diseases. It is very important to begin the transition to eating healthy at a young age.
Eating healthy starts in the home with meal planning. When a family is not eating healthy, it could be as simple as not having a lot of fruits and vegetables in the diet or just putting off the fruits and vegetables until last or never. There is nothing wrong with eating a light diet but doing it all the time is not healthy. No one has to starve themselves to get healthy, but they need to be aware of what foods are available in the kitchen.
After dinner, the next day for lunch should be foods that are easily digested and that don’t require a lot of planning, like fruits and veggies from the grocery store. Then to avoid going hungry and to make sure that the children do not skip breakfast, the next day’s lunch should be a healthy breakfast of cereal or toast and eggs or cereal with nuts or raisins in it. The fourth meal should be a good lunch and the healthy snacks should include fruits and vegetables from the garden and store bought snacks.
When the children are an older and you are unable to watch them all the time, they will not have the patience to sit down and eat, but they will still want to eat and they will be tempted by their older siblings who are still eating healthily because of the chance of a reward. The older children will always think that the younger siblings will eventually catch on to eating healthy and start eating well.
If you are able to help the family members to prepare the meals for the family meals, you can offer to take the responsibility of the meal preparation. This way the family members will not need to wait until the next day to eat. If the children know that mom or dad will be helping them to eat, they will probably be more comfortable eating on their own because there will be less stress.
A great way to help your family member if they are struggling to make a decision about how to eat is to give them the opportunity to learn more about food. There are many great books on the market today that will teach them about nutrition and the different types of foods that are good for them. You can even get the booklets for them to take to school.
Healthy foods are not boring and you can find more variety and nutritional value in grilled chicken instead of bacon or low fat yogurt than in low fat cream cheese or chocolate chips instead of peanut butter. It is all about learning new ways to make healthy choices for the family and you as the parent should be the first teacher.
Eating healthy is something that we as a society should be doing because it is good for the body, it is good for the mind, and it is good for the soul. One is always better for the other and one is healthier and happier than the other. Learning how to eat healthy is the beginning of a healthy lifestyle and a happier family.