Your Child’s Diet
Instilling healthy eating habits for children is much easier when you start from the beginning rather than making a drastic change in your child’s diet after they’ve been used to not-so-healthy foods.
But don’t lose hope if you’re starting your child on a new healthy eating regimen.
First of all, you MUST be aware of what substances are going into your child’s body. Help them understand what is good or not good for them to eat and drink, and explain to them why this is the case.
Start at birth
Most physicians agree that breast milk is best for babies because it passes on colostrum and antibodies from the mother.
However, once a child has moved onto solid foods, how do you continue to instill healthy eating habits?
Eating healthy food begins with education
Education about diet is important. Help children learn about things like the the benefits of eating organic vs. non-organic or about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered ingredients. Teach them in ways that they can comprehend.
Form healthy habits
Remember, eating habits are learned behaviors…they are not intuitive. The eating habits that your child is forming at home will stick with them well into adulthood. So, why not give them an advantage of a healthy start?
Today, more than ever, humans are disconnected from our food sources. The number of Americans who are cooking meals from scratch continue to dwindle. With everything else going on in our lives, it’s often just easier to microwave a frozen dinner or grab something from a fast-food restaurant.
However, the health benefits of preparing fresh food, or at least making healthy choices when it comes to restaurants are a huge benefit to you and your child.
Overcoming children’s food advertising
As a parent, you also have to contend with the continuous assault by corporate food advertising. It’s easy to feel frustrated, or even somewhat powerless against it.
But, if you stick to a few simple techniques, it will help you overcome this and set a healthy foundation for your child’s habits. At the very least, try to incorporate “variety, moderation, and balance,” as well as fresh or whole foods, and you will be setting a positive path for your child.
When establishing healthy eating habits for children, here are a few other important considerations:
- Start with breast milk. If you cannot breast feed, try an organic formula like Earth’s Best, Nature’s One, or Vermont Organics.
- Educate your children on the benefits of eating organic (free of cancer-causing pesticides), non-gmo foods and how certain additives like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup contribute to poor health.
- Try planting or raising your own food. You’d be surprised where people are planting gardens nowadays.
- Children LOVE finding that a seed they planted a couple of days ago has now sprouted.
- Children also LOVE finding a new egg that a hen has recently laid.
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We hope this information serves you and if you’d like to enroll your child in our preschool, we’d love to welcome him or her to our little family. Call (619) 422-1220 or visit us at MontessoriAmerican.com.