Get­ting kids to eat healthily

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

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,

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.

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