With obesity on the rise, a main concern for parents is their child’s diet. Throw in some confusing advertising, label reading and trying to find the time to cook healthy meals that kids will actually eat ~ and it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several ways to encourage your children to eat healthy without having to rearrange your lifestyle.
- Use the Canada Food Guide.
Visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php to create your own customized food guide.
- Shop from the outside edges of the store.
Grocery stores usually keep processed and pre-packaged meals in the centre aisles while foods such as meats, dairy, produce and grain products are kept toward the outside edges of the store.
- Practice what you preach.
Not only are your children not going to eat foods that you won’t – they will be less likely try anything new. For your children to eat well, you will need to model healthy eating.
- Be Patient.
If your child won’t eat a food, don’t quit offering it. On average a food will be offered 12 times before a child will even try it.
- Eat together.
Your children are more likely to eat a healthy meal if they have their family around them. Turn off the TV and cell phones and eat together 3-5 times per week.
Ultimately it is up to us as parents to teach children healthy eating and exercising habits to prevent obesity and all the diseases that it brings.