Point being; children learn to make food choices based on what they see adults and peers eating. It is a giant snowball affect. So please do not assume that just because you are the aunt, your niece or nephew is not watching your every move during dinner. Help yourself and help the children around you make the best possible food choices they can make. Let's change the snowball effect. Oh, and this has NOTHING and EVERYTHING to do with body image. If you are constantly onto the "next best diet" because you have to lose that 10 extra pounds, realize this effects your children too. Instead, your household should focus on what components make up a healthy diet, not what shake you will be replacing your next meal with. Here are some tips to make healthy eating a little easier for your child or teen (and you too):
- Ask your children to make the grocery list for their packed lunches and use their response as a way to talk about healthy eating habits. Let them help make their lunch. This could end up being a bragging right! :)
- Keep juice boxes to a minimum if even at all. Instead infuse pitchers of water with fresh fruits. The kids will think this is neat to see and they will stay away from extra sugar drink choices. Plus, they will be getting used to drinking water.
|Taken by Henrik Kettunen|