As a mother of a tween I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of helping my daughter develop and maintain healthy eating habits. Getting your teen (or tween) to embrace healthy eating during adolescence is more important than any other time in their lifespan.
Why? Because, between the ages of 12 and 18, teens will experience several growing spurts, which are associated with hormonal, cognitive, and emotional changes and failure to consume an adequate diet at this time can result in delayed physical development and growth. In addition, development of healthy eating habits during this time can help prevent adult diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.
The big question is how? Two approaches that have worked for me: being a good role model and eating family meals together!
Being a good role model. You can help your teens move toward healthy eating by letting them see you make healthy choices, eat nutritious food and by inviting them to help you plan and cook family meals.
Eating family meals together. According to Pediatrics teens who ate three or more meals a week with their families, were: 35% less likely to develop disordered eating such as, fasting, restricting, skipping meals and using food substitutes; 12% less likely to be overweight; 20% less likely to eat unhealthy foods; and 24% more likely to eat healthy foods.
How do you help your teen embrace healthy eating?
Wow 2015 is almost over! Are you taking some time to reflect?
The last week of December is one that I embrace while reflecting over the year. I ponder about my successes and things I might want to do differently in the coming year. It is also at this time that I like to look back at the activity of GoodFoodMama including the most popular posts so that you and I get one more look at the favorites and to give you an opportunity to read posts you might have missed. This year I am also adding some of the most popular posts from GoodFoodMama’s FB page!
Here’s a look back at 2015…
These are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2015!
- This post from Oct. 23 2013 continues to be the most popular post on my blog – 2,347 views this year alone! What do you think? To Eat or Not To Eat Before Your Early Morning Workout?
- Are you eating your greens?
- Check out these Thanksgiving Fruit and Veggie Platters – so much fun!
- Healthy Halloween Treats Kids (and Parents) Will Love!
- Best Food Quotes #17
Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.
The busiest day of the year was November 23rd and the most popular post that day was Mindfully Fit Holiday Health Challenge.
Check out the top two post on GoodFoodMama’s FB page:
On Feburary 20 – 4,542 people viewed “Your food choices are very powerful”
On Feburary 23 – 7,804 people viewed this post “Relationship with Food Healthy vs Unhealthy”
This is just a taste of the activity at GoodFoodMama in 2015! Take some time and peruse and like www.facebook.com/goodfoodmama and subscribe to GoodFoodMama.com to receive new posts, newsletters and giveaways by email.
Thank you for following, liking and subscribing to GoodFoodMama in 2015!
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!
Donna aka GoodFoodMama!