We hear a lot today about healthy eating but how many people really understand what is involved to be truly healthy from a balanced diet? Healthy eating has to be a complete lifestyle decision before it can have an impact on our general well being.
Embracing a healthy lifestyle is best done from early childhood. The habits a child adopts with regard to their eating can often stay with them for life. Training your child to eat healthily can begin as early as the breast feeding stage. Many foods consumed by the mother pass into the mother’s breast milk. It has been shown for example, that children whose mothers eat a lot of spicy foods more readily accept spicy foods as they get older than children whose mothers did not.
Likewise, if a mother consumes a diet that is high in salt or refined sugars her breast fed child will lean toward preference for salty or sugary foods also. You can start to gear your child toward healthy eating from this early stage of development by ensuring that you eat sensibly while breast feeding.
It is once a child moves to solid food while still and infant and then all the way through to adolescence that is critical for forming lifelong healthy eating habits. The way to encourage your child toward a healthy lifestyle is to practice healthy living yourself. A child that lives in a family whose diet consists of mainly fruit, vegetables, salads, whole grains and fresh fish is most likely to continue this eating style into adulthood.
If a child lives in a family where the diet mainly consists of processed foods high in saturated fats, refined sugars, salts, refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta and too much red meats such as steaks and burgers, that child is liable to form lifelong eating habits that are far less than optimum.
Many parents make the terrible mistake of eating fairly healthily themselves but providing their children with a diet that they think children like. Worse still, some parents end up adopting a diet that they have geared toward their children’s perceived preferences. It is very common to find a mother overdosing on pizza and fries, packet breakfast cereals and sugary deserts just because these are the things she has loaded in her grocery trolley for the children.
Parents should understand that children will grow up to enjoy healthy food if that is what they are fed from the outset. They will also grow up to enjoy the types of meals their parents eat. The trick is to eat healthily and feed your children what you are eating.
Healthy eating is not something that can be done once in a while if it is going to have a lasting impact on your life. There is very little point having a salad once a week if the rest of the week is a diet of soda and junk food. People need to be consistent with their healthy eating. Every single meal of every single day should be healthy. This should not be seen as drudgery. On the contrary, healthy eating is very enjoyable and satisfying indeed.
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