A while back I had the opportunity to do an interview with Susan Burke March from Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally. I was actually interviewing her for some healthy entertaining ideas for one of my other blogs, but we also chatted a little about children and how to help them develop healthy eating habits.
She shared several wonderful ideas to help children develop healthy eating habits. Susan’s believes one of the most important things parents should do is demonstrate healthy eating to their children, and set a good example themselves by eating healthy foods. They should also set a healthy example by having a regular exercise plan. It’s just like anything else in life, leading by setting a good example yourself can go a long way towards raising healthy children.
Here are some ways Susan shared to help children develop a healthy way to deal with eating:
- When we use portion control and eat healthy ourselves we’re teaching our children to do the same. Large portions of “bad” (high fat, high calorie, low nutrition) food on a regular basis teaches your children to do the same.
- Make “treats” a treat. Don’t keep treats in the house, make them for special occasions only.
- Home food is good food. Cooking food at home can be a healthy way to show your kids how to eat.
- Make it fun, let your children help prepare the meal by mixing, and measuring. Make it a fun family time.
- Let your children help read the ingredient label. They’ll learn what to look for. Have fun with it, make it a game.
Making Weight Control Second Nature also has some delicious recipes inside. Tonight my son and I made a Chocolate Banana Frosty, and it turned out delicious! I’ll be back to share the recipe!
You can find Susan’s book Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally
at major bookstores, and online at Amazon.com, and I want to note that I was sent a review copy of this book to check out, and I’ve had a great time doing just that. All the opinions here are mine.