We’ve all heard “you are what you eat”; and for a child, that couldn’t be more accurate.
Raising Healthy Eaters talks about raising children who have healthy attitudes towards food, as well as a healthy appetite. As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to nurture those aspects within our children.
But that’s not always easy.
We may have children who are picky and fussy, or we ourselves might be a bit confused over what the best diet is for them. We may feel pressured to do the ‘right thing’.
This talk is a relaxed approach on how to get a happy balance. The balance between setting boundaries, making mealtime routines, and displaying a healthy attitude towards food. As well as developing a deeper understanding of what our children need within their food for all round healthy development.
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“A child … is not responsible for making wise and healthful choices for their own future health and wellbeing, of which diet is a massive part of.”
“Food should never ever be used in any sort of emotional capacity, although as a society we do it all the time. Adults can handle it somewhat, but children can’t.”
“The more variety, the better. Variety allows children to get used to what the food looks like, and the brain gets the message that these tastes are good and not toxic. To that end, never hide a vegetable inside a sauce thinking that they automatically won’t like it. Never presume what a child will like to eat. ”
“Take the first opportunity to give greens to your child! A wonderful way to start the day, with all the amazing body balancing benefits of leafy greens.
A simple smoothie would include some sweet fruit such as bananas, oranges or apples. And lots of green leaves, such as spinach and kale. Broccoli and celery are great additions too. There’s no need to go crazy, a few things like that should be perfect. Start sweet and progress to green as time goes on and palettes change.”
“Yes, children can eat leafy salads! Of course they can. Just keep putting them on their plates, or even making it a starter with a rule of “Try some”. Like the French say, it can take up to 15 tries before a child accepts a food. So keep putting salads in front of them! Sometimes children prefer plain leaves to leaves with dressing. Adding a pretty little jug or jar of separate dressing and letting them spoon or pour it on themselves makes a bit more of a grown up ceremony of it, which a child will very much appreciate.”
“Basically, children need vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats and smart carbohydrates. They need foods to help their bodies and brains to grow, and they need vitamins and other nutrients to take care of their cellular health. They need good fats for healthy brain development. They also need a whole host of protective properties that fresh, colourful fruit and vegetables give their bodies. They need smart carbs to give energy to their busy bodies, and fibre to help gut health. All of these things are nourishing.”
“What they don’t need are things that exhaust their bodies. Too much indigestible food, or foods that raise their insulin levels and tire their pancreas. They don’t need refined carbohydrates that give excess energy with one hand and rob nutrients with the other whilst not even providing any fibre. They don’t need to be eating over cooked or over processed foods that tax their digestive system and give no nourishment in return.”