Choose Real Food For Children and Develop Lifelong Habits
A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy start with children. It is imperative that everyone be on same page when it comes to making the best choices for both young and older children.
This means mom, dad, and grandparents must be on board with the choices you plan to make for your child. It can be difficult to get everyone on board, but put your foot down with everyone. Once your child is no longer used to the off limit foods, you'll know when someone has broken your rules!
Starting with a healthy diet can seem easy, but can be difficult with children over the age of two. By this time, they have already developed taste buds, though it is not impossible to start introducing healthier options. The easiest way to start is to stop serving prepackaged, convenience, and of course fast foods.
These types of foods, even cereals, contain huge amounts of sugar, salt, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and chemical additives. Some of these ingredients have been directly linked to diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even hormone disorders. Choose instead single ingredient whole foods, and make as much of the food as you can from scratch.
Children enjoy sweets and salty snacks. Adults tend to love them just as much, but in order to set the best possible example, you also have to make some adjustments.
The easiest way to do this is to eat what your child eats, though you may lightly season your food with salt, remember that children do not need it. In fact too much salt can cause kidney failure in small children, especially infants, which is why baby foods never have salt.
Neither you nor your child need copious amounts of sugar. However, if you do eat sugar make sure it is actually real sugar and not corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup, both of which are highly processed. If your child is over two, honey is a more wholesome substitute as it also contains nutrients and vitamins, but never feed to a child under two due to botulism.Continued on the next page