You simply have to lead by example. If the child is expected to eat his vegetables, avoid sugar and eat proper quantities then you have to make sure that you are doing the same as a parent.
I would share a plate piled high with all the food groups and share with my child. Other times they would turn around and feed me, lol. Make eating fun and as they are older now, I relayed the messages about the importance of eating well helps them look well.
What you eat they will eat. Children who are given healthy food will eat healthy food. You are your child's biggest example. Be excited about the colors of fruits and veggies. Make the rainbow. Let him or her or them smell the fresh fruit or pick out the veggies at the store. don't stress or force anything keep things simple and available. Meaning... Allow your child to help you prepare the food and I will bet he or she will do some taste testing and see that they like it. If not try again a few weeks later or mixed in something. Give healthy choices so they feel as though they get to choose . "Would you like carrots or celery to have in your lunch?" Hope this is helpful.
One way I have gotten my kids to eat healthly was to plant a garden. They each got to pick things they wanted to grow and we all made sure the garden was getting water and food they thought it was so cool. Then we picked things we could make to eat from what was in the garden and it was a big hit. I always make sure a put a piece of fruit and veggie with every meal I prepare and i do things like sliced apples and let them dip it in honey or peanut butter tricks like this always help. When we go to the grocery store I say we are going on a food adventure we pretend we are hiking and sing a song and search for something healthly maybe something we have not tried yet and my kids think it is so funny. I let them wash wha they have picked out and let them help cook it. Kids like when they can be apart of it and even though it might take more time I love those moments we share together hope this will help you too...
March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign that is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). This is a great opportunity to help your children learn to make healthy choices about food and exercise.
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