Here’s some good advise, I wholeheartedly support, from Focus On The Family, which emphasizes the importance of promoting healthy eating with your children while they are young.
They suggest that you try offering a variety of fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables. Encourage them to eat at regular times, when hungry, and not from boredom.
Most kids love being included (as much as possible) in the preparation and cooking process.
As many of today’s schedules rule out three meals a day with family, try to structure at least a few meals a week when everyone must sit down together. Breakfast can also be a great time, before everyone’s busy day begins!
These are just a few of the tips included in their brief article below.
Reduce The Culture Trends and Encourage Healthy Eating
“Here at Focus on the Family, we often hear from parents who are concerned about their children’s health. Much of the reason for the weight-related issues we’re facing in America today is the same for young and old alike: more calories are going in than are being used, and our bodies are responding by storing the extra fuel as fat.
There are a number of interrelated factors affecting how someone gains or loses weight, and the impact of each one of them varies considerably from person to person. Heredity is a contributor, but it’s a mistake to attribute weight and body shape entirely to genes. Activity levels are also important, particularly for kids who are now spending an increasing amount of time sitting in front of the TV or the computer screen. So are family eating habits, the influence of culture (particularly in the area of portion sizes), the predominance of fast and pre-packaged foods and the relationship between eating, emotions and socializing.
One of the best ways to combat these trends is to establish several nutritious family meals as predictable events every week. Set some clear limits on recreational screen time—TV, videos, electronic games and internet—and encourage all kinds of physical activity. You’ll be glad you did.”
For more advise that may help answer the age old the question,“How can we get our young kids started with healthy eating habits”? . . . visit: FocusOnTheFamily.com.