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Parents need breakfast too! Are you setting a good example?

Does you child eat breakfast? Most of you are probably saying of course! Everyone knows how important breakfast is for kids, yet most parents are not eating breakfast themselves. Breakfast is the most important meal for us too and for all the same reasons as it is for kids. (See diagram below)

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Eating breakfast is one of those things you know you should do, but you skip it anyway. Why? What’s your reason for not breaking your fast? Do you think that eating breakfast isn’t that important, that you don’t have time, or that it will help you lose weight?

Skipping breakfast actually makes some people eat more food at lunch and dinner then they should. As a result, skipping breakfast may cause weight gain by making you eat excessively later in the day.   

No time for breakfast? Breakfast doesn’t have to be some huge hot meal or be eaten sitting at the kitchen table for it to be healthy. It can be something as easy as a smoothie, some fruit or yogurt with granola.

As parents we preach eat your breakfast and it’s the most important meal, but not we must practice what we preach and set a good example for are kids.

Book is done! Teaching Kids How To Eat Well: A Series of Healthful Eating Tip Sheets For Kids and Teens A Parent’s Guide

Hi Everyone!

Stop the presses! My book is done! I am so excited about “Teaching Kids How To Eat Well: A Series of Healthful Eating Tip Sheets For Kids and Teens A Parent’s Guide” This book represents just a fraction of some of the tips and ideas I have come across over the past 15+ years of helping parents (and educators) to help children make healthy food choices! Buy a copy for yourself or a friend and let me know what you think! Click the link below to buy your copy today, $6.99!

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Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy – Tip Sheet: It’s a Process

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Teaching kids to eat healthy involves understanding that food preference has a huge influence on food choices. Likes and dislikes are developed early in your child’s life, in the womb and as an infant. That is why women who are pregnant or nursing are encouraged to eat a variety of healthy foods. Your child’s early experiences with food can have an effect on their food preferences in adolescence and adulthood, in addition to any cultural, social, and environmental factors.

teaching kids to eat healthy

Teaching kids to eat healthy

Getting your child to accept or prefer a particular type of food is a process that may require many exposures of that food before you see a dislike turn into a like. Our job as parents is to introduce healthy foods frequently in a positive and supportive eating environment (not with their favorite food, and you know why) without pushing or forcing such foods.

Reference:

KidsHealth.org: Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parents

http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/eating_tips.html

The Journal of Current Biology: Early influences on the development of food preferences.  Ventura, A and Worobey, J

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/retrieve/pii/S096098221300208X

Why Healthy Eating Is Important for School-Age Kids

Healthy eating is important for everyone, particularly school-age children, to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients they need to grow into healthy adults. Helping your child to make healthy food choices is important at this stage in their life, because food habits, likes and dislikes are formed during this time. Eating healthy food is essential to your child’s physical development, behavior and ability to learn and succeed at school.

Healthy Eating Habits

When children develop taste preferences for certain foods, parents are faced with the difficult task of making healthy food choices more appealing. Despite numerous attempts, it is always going to be a challenge trying to persuade your six-year-old that eating a plum is as sweet of a treat as a chocolate chip cookie, but establishing a balance between wholesome foods and treats will help create a positive
attitude towards eating.

Physical Development

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy eating among school-age children is important for proper growth and development and can help prevent health issues such as obesity and diabetes. A healthy eating plan that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products are necessary for healthy physical development.

Behavior

If you think your child behaves differently, for better or worse, after eating certain foods you are correct. Ingredients in the food your child eats can fuel many of the factors that affect her behavior, according to the researchers at MayoClinic.com. The Prevention Institute reports, that eating healthy not only influences your child’s physical development it also affects their cognitive development as well. Children who consume unhealthy foods, such as doughnuts, chips, candy, soda, and sugary fruit drinks, can have trouble concentrating, become easily fatigued, listless, or irritable, and are likely to face difficulties in learning, which can lead to behavioral and social problems explains the Prevention Institute. Also, if your child does not eat regularly, get enough complex carbohydrates, get enough Omega-3s fatty acids or iron she may experience mood swings causing her to become cranky, tired and depressed, thus influencing her behavior, states US News Health.

 

References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nutrition Facts

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/facts.htm

2. U.S. Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/

3.MayoClinic: ADHD diet: Do Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity?

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adhd/AN01721

4.US News Health: Food and Mood: 6 Ways Your Diet Affects How You Feel

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2011/08/31/food-and-mood-6-ways-your-diet-affects-how-you-feel

5.Prevention Institute: Growing The Next Generation: Strategies to Improve Nutrition and Child Development in Los Angeles County

http://home.preventioninstitute.org/growing.html