Teaching Good Eating Habits

Published on 08 September 2008 by Verena in Blog, Children, Health Topics A-Z

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The number of children suffering from eczema, asthma, allergies, depression, anxiety, poor immunity and hyperactivity has increased markedly in recent years. One of the main contributors to this problem is unhealthy dietary habits. Most parents want the best for their children but many are unaware of the impact their poor dietary patterns have on their children’s health.

Learning good eating habits should be an essential part of every child’s development.

It is recommended that you allow your children to select foods from outside sources when they are older.Help them to learn on how different foods affect their behavior. This may simply involve paying attention to the particular foods that make them feel both well and sick.

A nourishing, harmonious environment is an important factor in a child’s diet. Never air grievances or have angry or disagreeable discussions at mealtime. In addition, share at least one, daily meal together, at a regular time. If possible, lunch should be the main meal of the day because the digestive fire is highest at noon and the food is more efficiently digested, absorbed and assimilated as compared to the evening meal.It is beneficial to dish up small servings and let your children ask for more rather than serving up larger portions.

Even during infancy, encourage children to chew well or at least hold the food in the mouth until it is thoroughly mixed with saliva. Chew together and make every meal or snack enjoyable. Parents who urge their children to eat too much or too fast, or when tired or excited, may be creating finicky eaters. Children should be hungry when eating, especially toddlers who have small stomachs. Children should be provided with small meals and nutritious snacks if necessary.

Sometimes food is too coarse, plain or soggy. It is very important to make children’s food more interesting and delicious. Also, children should never be forced to eat just because the parents think it is healthy. It is normal for children to loose their appetite for a few days at a time. In addition, to stimulate their creativity and interest in food, let your children help you cook (e.g. stirring, modeling dough into fun shapes, etc.).

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