You are currently viewing ChatterBlock in Charlotte NC. Change location by typing below:
These five areas are important to focus and develop to help your children achieve a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Share this article
1. Educate Yourself
You won’t become a health-expert overnight but if you start making one small change at a time, you’ll find that come next school year, the eating habits of your family will have drastically changed.
You might start with:
2. Educate Your Child
When teaching your kids about health, get creative and think like a child. Don’t just say “eat this, it’s good for you”. Instead, tell your active little boy “You’ll want to try this! Spiderman is a HUGE fan of this because it makes your muscles grow.” Or next time they’re eating an orange, tell them, “oranges are really good for us! They have a lot of Vitamin C and that helps us fight the bad germs that try and make us sick!” Don’t underestimate your ability as a parent to shape and mold your impressionable child.
3. Plan Ahead
In our fast-paced lives, it can be difficult to throw together a healthy lunch when you’re first adopting better habits. Making a weekly plan will put you one step ahead of the game and prevent those stressed-out weeknights where you just want to order pizza and throw a Lunchable into your kids school bag.
Tips on planning for success:
4. Make it Fun!
Let’s get one thing straight -- I am NOT the mother who sends a happy-face-shaped watermelon with googly berry eyes in my kids’ lunch! As much as I envy those domesticated women who can make a cucumber look like SpongeBob SquarePants, that is not me! But I do try to make lunches fun by using a few of the following simple tricks:
Foods with dips
Think outside of PB&J
5. Keep it Real
With our Monday to Thursday lunches being health-tastic, Friday became “Special Lunch Day”. One day a week where the boys could pick an out-of-the-ordinary lunch. Having a weekly treat helps keep all of us from feeling deprived and makes our regular healthy lunches even more enjoyable!
Finally, remember that good things take time. The positive outcomes of improving your family’s eating habits will serve you well into the future so don’t expect them to happen overnight! Make one small change at a time and when that becomes comfortable, move on to the next thing.
You have some great tips here. I would add that you'd want to get your kids involved in the food preparation process. For instance, have them help you fix dinner. Explain to them why you are eating a turkey roast instead of a beef roast (such as turkey is more lean). If they understand the benefits of different foods for their body, then they will more likely choose those when you're not around.
Posted by Jennifer O on Feb 3 '15, 2:44 p.m. |
| Flag as abuse
What's Happening this Weekend?
Sign up for our newsletter & always be first to hear of cool local kid-friendly events.
Writing for ChatterBlock is a fun and easy way to share content with the ChatterBlock community.
Write for ChatterBlock
ChatterBlock Is the #1 Online Resource for Busy Parents
Copyright © 2011-2017 ChatterBlock Inc. All Rights Reserved.