Getting kids to eat healthily
Mychildren are starting to become more interested in health and nutrition. I’m not sure if this is through school or their own interest. What are some good habits we can start as a family to promote a good relationship with food? Thanks, Lesley
That’s really lovely to hear! Here are a few habits that are easy to incorporate into everyday life. or other electronic devices. Socially it’s a nice time to catch up and discuss things that you may otherwise not get a chance to.
Lastly, if we’re distracted while eating we can miss the signs our body gives us to indicate it’s satisfied and doesn’t need more food, it is very important that children begin to establish this connection. Studies have shown that we eat more when we are watching TV. there are times for example at birthday parties where you eat ‘sometimes’ foods.
Variety is often key as many people are susceptible to what I call ‘food fatigue.’ If you present vegetables in the same way everyday not only are you potentially going to get sick of them your family might too.
Incorporate high flavour additions such as lemon, herbs, garlic, olive oil and season well and try different techniques and recipes,
Can you please recommend a solution to replace chewing
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gum and breath mints (to avoid sweeteners)? I eat heaps of veges all day but I only have the opportunity to brush my teeth in the morning and evening. I’d like to keep my breath fresh during the day too. Thanks, Bianca.
Hi Bianca. Peppermint tea is a great alternative. It’s refreshing for the breath but is also wonderfully soothing for the digestive system. A drop of organic food grade peppermint oil is also an alternative to the aforementioned products.
Using herbs such as parsley, coriander and basil in your meals can also be cleansing for the palate – as can adding lemon juice to water.
I appreciate you’re not necessarily saying you suffer from bad breath, but causes of bad breath from a nutritional perspective can include digestive issues such as low stomach acid, malabsorption, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), uncontrolled type-2 diabetes or dry mouth (saliva has an antimicrobial effect.)
Sitting down to eat helps to create healthy eating habits for children.