Rules for a Healthy Diet for Kids

Here are some suggestions that will hopefully help you with working out a healthy diet for your children.1) Do not use food as a treat. If your children consider food to be a reward for good behavior, this can turn out to be a habit for their lifetime. You need to make sure that they see food as fuel and not a treat.2) Try to keep sugar level in the diet at a minimum. Sugar not only rots teeth but can also cause your children to put on weight if they have too much of it. It can be difficult, but it is often better to give your children more of their main course than to offer cakes, snacks or desserts after their food. You can also encourage your children to eat more fruits or take in healthier snacks such as fruit bars and unsweetened yogurt.

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3) Don’t give in to advertisements. Lots of children tend to eat foods that is advertised or being promoted by the TV or their friends. It won’t be easy to prevent them from craving for such demands, especially for the latest items. However, do it for your children’s long term health benefit and do think about how it can affect their behavior if you give in to what they want all the time. It is OK to buy them the things they want occasionally, but make sure that they aren’t consuming unhealthy foods all the time.4) Be a good role model. If you are expecting your children to eat all their vegetables you will need to make sure that you eat them too. Children copy the behavior of the people around them and so they will need to see you eating well too.5) Eat the “rainbow” foods. “Rainbow” foods are food that are served in a variety of different colors. Unhealthy food is fine every once in a while as long as there are good healthy foods eaten in between. So make sure to include a diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables of different colors into your children’s meals.Alert: Your child might die earlier than they should. Horrible fact, but 100% true. The Center for Disease Control has pointed out that our youngest generation is the first in decades that is facing a life expectancy shorter than yours. Obesity and weight issues have been cited as the reason why. Over the past 15 years, we have seen the obesity rate in young children double. And its more than tripled in teenagers. Physical Education is being cut in literally every part of the world and youth sports have become an ultra competitive affair that yield next to no health benefits whatsoever. We are most certainly facing a crisis. Parents don’t know what to feed their kids anymore. How can they?

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There is so much misinformation and over-hyped gimmicks on the market that confusion and indecision have become completely normal.
What about exercise?If your children aren’t getting it in school, they aren’t getting it through sports and they generally don’t like to exercise anyways, what should a parent do?