Take it ONE step at a time. I’m in it for the long haul. The journey of a lifetime! Truly! I’ll make the move to healthy foods together with my kids.
Add a smile, a healthy dash of humor, a cupful jokes and a heaping portion of silliness to the mix and here we go!
SELL! SELL! SELL!—THINK LIKE A MARKETING EXECUTIVE
At every opportunity expose my kids to the importance of healthy eating. For example, what do the biggest beverage companies do? They put their name in front….Read more
Build up excitement for home cooked foods by starting with dessert first! It’s important that the message is not one of deprivation. It’s the time to show that when healthy foods are chosen, 1) I’m not as hungry, 2) quantities don’t matter if I am eating natural foods and 3)sugar cravings… Read more
BE THE ADULT
A child does not have the knowledge to know what is healthy. They will know that a processed food excites their taste buds and leaves them wanting more. They won’t know it’s because of the excitoxins (MSG, sugar, salt, fats, etc) in the food that are added to get them addicted. Or they won’t understand that the only reason they want it is because of the all the advertisements they… Read more
WANT TO EAT? HELP MAKE THE MEAL.
It goes back to the classic tale, The Little Red Hen. If they want to eat, the child needs to help out. It’s a plain and simple message that kids of all ages can grasp. When it’s time to help out in the kitchen, speak it as a statement, not a… Read more
READ THEM BOOKS CELEBRATING REAL FOOD
Public libraries are amazing places. Register, get a card and books are free to borrow! I can even ask for a book that’s not even on the shelf through interlibrary loan. Surround my kids with books about real foods.
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Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
FIELD TRIPS TO FARMS
Take them to farmers markets. Take them to a farm—even better have them help on the farm if possible. Lots of places have learning farms. Visit LocalHarvest.org search “Learning farms”
SHUT DOWN THE COMPETITION
You are the parent. It is your job to protect them from danger, whether its dangerous weather, dangerous people, dangerous foods. If a child is never taken to a fast…Read more