- February 4, 2009 at 2:10 am #270315
Eating Habits Last a Lifetime — Good Ones Are Up to You
According to a survey by the American Dietetic Association (ada), more than half of americans confess that their diets aren’t as healthy as they should be. beat the odds by teaching healthy eating habits at your family table. here are a few simple tips for raising food-savvy kids.
kids will snack on whatever is handy. make healthy snacks convenient and easy to eat. wash and dry fresh fruit before storing it in the fridge.
baby carrots or celery sticks can be bought in ready-to-eat packaging at most grocery stores.
for maximum nutrition, cut fruits and veggies just before serving. once fruit is cut, exposure to light and oxygen can begin degrading important nutrients, especially vitamin c.
children are born with a natural craving for anything sweet. you can’t fight nature, but you can have a say in when and how often. encourage kids to satisfy the craving with natural sugars, such as those found in fruit juices.
childhood obesity is a serious problem in america. don’t tell kids to eat everything on their plates. the lesson you want to teach is to eat only when you’re hungry and to stop when you’re satisfied.
one common parental complaint is that their toddler isn’t eating enough. in truth, it’s mainly a question of parental expectations. toddler portions should be one-quarter to one-third the size of an adult portion.
a common rule of thumb is to feed one tablespoon of each meal component per year of a child’s age. so, if the meal you’re serving consists of carrots, lamb and rice, a three-year-old should eat three tablespoons of each.
set a good example. kids develop food preferences based on the foods you serve. they’ll also take their eating cues from your behavior.
if sitting down to watch tv always involves a sugary beverage or a salty, high-fat snack, you may be setting the norm for your kids’ snacking habits.
studies show that family mealtime produces better eating habits. kids who forego formal mealtimes are more likely to “eat on the run.” also, when kids and parents sit down together and share the day’s events, they eat more slowly. you shouldn’t talk with food in your mouth.
good conversation is healthy too!
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- February 4, 2009 at 6:56 am #413766
One common parental complaint is that their toddler isn’t eating enough. In truth, it’s mainly a question of parental expectations. Toddler portions should be one-quarter to one-third the size of an adult portion.
A common rule of thumb is to feed one tablespoon of each meal component per year of a child’s age. So, if the meal you’re serving consists of carrots, lamb and rice, a three-year-old should eat three tablespoons of each.
one thing i always teach parents is that their childs stomach is only the size of that childs fist, if they are eating that much of the food then they are not starving. by over eating we stretch our stomachs.Quote:studies show that family mealtime produces better eating habits.
this also, in studies, leads to less depression, less risk for the child to start using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. plus teens report that they will talk more with their parents if they have always participated in a family meal. a win-win for everyone!
- February 23, 2014 at 3:23 am #451360
Very useful information! I will definitely keep the proportions in mind. Thanks!
- August 13, 2014 at 9:49 am #457675
Nice post. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, easy and, yes, delicious ways you can start eating better without losing any of the pleasure we associate with food. Once you replace your bad habits with the good ones, you’ll be well on your way to a lifetime of rewards. When performed regularly and over time, healthy habits are the foundation of a lifestyle of improved overall health.
Since children are dependent upon caregivers to learn and maintain healthy habits, it is important for caregivers to serve as both teachers and role models. Promoting early healthy habits for children is a valuable part of developing quality, nurturing relationships between caregivers and infants or toddlers.
- June 25, 2015 at 9:30 am #461630
Thanks for sharing this great information about eating habits
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