I am not a parent yet, but I believe there are very efficient strategies that can be used in the home to get kids to eat healthier and maintain such healthy eating habits in their later years. So here is to answering the question of how parents can get their kids to eat healthy.
HEALTHY EATING FROM ONSET – We are greatly influenced by the environment we find ourselves, and the very basic foundation under normal circumstances in any human’s life is found in the home. A child learns to say “mummy” or “daddy” and goes on to mimic the behaviors of the parents, before long the child begins to try have whatever the parents are eating. Forming healthy eating habits from the very onset is the way kids can naturally grow up eating healthy without much fuss. So intending parents who are health conscious should take this very seriously and pen down how to make sure the home is a haven of healthy meals.
TEACHINGS KIDS CAUSE & EFFECT – Teaching kids what the implications are of eating unhealthy meals becomes necessary when the home might be trying to transit from unhealthy meals to healthier options. This could be proving difficult as kids will still desire to have what they have been exposed to which they probably feel tastes better. Kids have such minds that’s not only narrow, but they have empathy as well. Eating unhealthy meals could lead to serious modern day degenerative illnesses. Kids today can become obese, have diabetes or cancer among other illnesses. Sharing material that shows kids the cause and effect of unhealthy eating as relates to illnesses is another subtle way of getting them to cooperate. A video of how a happy family lost their kid to diabetes or cancer, and all the pain experienced can evoke so much sympathy, which can be used to an advantage by telling kids such things can to a great extent be avoided through healthy eating.
MAKING HEALTHY MEALS WITH THEM – Making healthy meals with kids around and helping out will not only make them eager to consume the end product but also, they will learn to make such meals themselves perfectly in no time. Let the kids be involved at an early age and the future of healthy eating in the home will be bright. Parents must also search for healthy recipes to add variety to what kids can eat as kids easily get bored.
MAKE HEALTHY SNACKS AVAILABLE & TAKE OUT THE JUNK – The reason why it is easy to actually consume junk is because we make it available, hence parents should always make healthy snacks, because there is no doubt eating between meals is something we all do. So the availability of home made or store bought healthy snack options for kids goes a long with helping them at all times consume healthy foods.
PACK THEM HEALTHY FOODS FOR OUTDOORS – When kids are outdoors, they could get access to things the would not at home, which includes food, and most food out there on the streets comes in form of fizzy drinks and fast food. Packing a variety of foods kids can have while outdoors in school, with friends, on a picnic or elsewhere is a good option, this will also ensure that outside the sphere of the home they have access to what counts as healthy.
No doubt that once in a while kids and adults will indulge in fast food or junk food, such as times where no other options are available, or some event is being celebrated in the home or with friends, what matters is that overall eating is channeled toward healthy habits and meals. When kids also have their systems used to healthy meals they will find junk food does not go down well in their bodies.
Parents have a task to protect their wards, and that includes what they eat and how they eat. As I always say the cost of illness is great, and anyone should be wise enough to avoid it. How parents can get their kids to eat healthy is not limited to these stated strategies, but certainly they can go a long way if followed diligently and consistently.
Have a positive health attitude and do not fail to share this useful information with others.