Ed­u­cat­ing kids about nu­tri­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Q: I was a very over­weight child and I amde­ter­mined to ed­u­cate mykids about good nu­tri­tion (from a young age!) What are your top tips to get help get my chil­dren in­ter­ested in food and good nu­tri­tion? Thanks, Ali

A:

Good on you for want­ing to start this process early, as the foun­da­tions you set up in child­hood can have a huge im­pact on how your chil­dren per­ceive good health and nu­tri­tion.

Here are a few ideas to help keep your kids in­ter­ested in view­ing food as nour­ish­ment.

eat­ing is some­thing you do to nour­ish your­self, not a side ac­tiv­ity to TV watch­ing.

Us­ing pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment for help­ing with the cook­ing or for eat­ing veges also in­stils good habits that will en­cour­age life­long good nu­tri­tion. lead­ing to bet­ter food choices and a love for cook­ing good, nu­tri­tious meals. the table is in­valu­able for cre­at­ing pride in their cook­ing skills. than learn­ing how to make a new meal with your loved ones un­der the guid­ance of a good cook. The sense of sat­is­fac­tion and pride when you cre­ate some­thing new is a joy. Bet­ter still opt for a cui­sine you’re not very fa­mil­iar with to en­hance the learn­ing and the fun.

Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. Visit dr­libby.com.

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Eat­ing at the din­ner table, rather than in front of the TV plays a vi­tal role in set­ting up good habits.

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