When you teach your children healthy eating habits with colorful food and model these behaviors in yourself, you can help your children maintain a healthy weight and normal growth. Also if your children pick these eating habits up when they are young than this will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.
Call me the “freak” mom or whatever you want to call me. But eating healthy is so important to me and to my son.
Here is why…
Junk food can be very appealing for a variety of reasons, such as convenience, price, and of course, it tastes delicious. For children, junk food is especially appetizing because they do not know the health consequences of their eating habits yet. However, regularly consuming fattening junk food can be addictive for children and lead to complications like obesity, chronic illness, low self-esteem and even depression, as well as affecting how they perform in school and extracurricular activities.
Energy and Focus
According to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, diet has a significant effect on children’s study habits. Junk food and foods with high sugar content deplete energy levels and the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Energy and focus are especially crucial for school-age children. Children set the foundation for lifelong habits in their youth, making junk food particularly hazardous to their well-rounded development. Physical activity is also essential for children of all ages, and regularly eating junk food does not provide the necessary nutrients children need for sufficient energy to engage in physical activity. A lack of physical activity is harmful to the physical and mental well being and may also exclude a child from critical social development.
A study published in “Pediatrics” in 2004 found fast-food consumption in children was linked with many dangerous precursors for obesity. According to this study, kids who ate fast food were more likely to consume a higher amount of calories, fat, carbohydrates and added sugars in one fast food meal. They were also less likely to consume as much fiber, milk and fruits, and vegetables as children who did not eat fast food. Children who consumed more fattening foods while eating fast food were also likely, in general, to eat more unhealthy foods at other meals. According to a statement released by the journal “Nature Neuroscience” in 2010, high-calorie food can be addictive, causing children who occasionally eat fast food to learn problematic patterns of eating. These factors were found to place children who regularly ate fast food at increased risk for obesity.
According to the Prevention Institute, experts blame junk food for rising rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Increasing rates of chronic illness affect children who regularly consume junk food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts if current trends continue, one in three U.S. adults will have diabetes by the year 2050. Diabetes can result in disability and premature death. The Center for Food Safety noted in 2012 that obese children are also more likely to develop high cholesterol and heart disease later in life. According to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, changes can happen in children’s bodies even when they’re young that are associated with disease at a more advanced age.
Self-Esteem and Depression
Self-esteem and confidence in oneself are especially important to growing children, and regularly consuming junk food can negatively impact this sense of self. According to “Kids Health Club” magazine, junk food can affect a child’s physical development in detrimental ways, including unhealthy weight gain, which can result in self-esteem problems. Low self-esteem can lead to consequences like depression. Nutritionists at MayoClinic.com also report eating junk food can potentially cause depression on its own. According to the journal “American Family Physician,” depression — which can be very dangerous for children — has negative impacts on growth and development, performance in school and social relationships and can ultimately lead to suicide.
The above information is from HealthyEating.SFGATE.
There is also word saying that if your child has ADHD to avoid certain food such as candy, anything with caffeine, frozen fruits and vegetables, anything with sugar really. But your child still deserves his sugary treats once an awhile.
I found this amazing company out of Australia called Foost.
Their motto goes something like this… “If there is one simple thing we can all do to improve our health; to help us be the best we can be, it is to Eat Colourful (more colorful fruits and veggies). ”
Thorugh their unique style of products, their workshops and classes that are educational, hands-on and above all, loads of fun, Foost is the best company to have bookmarked when you need inspiration and ideas to help you and your family or community to “Eat Colorfully”
Foost has a bunch of healthy recipes to share with you. Anything from breakfast, school lunch boxes, dinners, or community dinners, you can find tons of ideas here!
When it comes to food, it’s a confusing world out there. Full of expanding waistlines, food marketing, fast food and conflicting nutrition messages.
As one person, your power to lobby the government or build more bike paths is a little limited. Nevertheless, you do have a huge influence and power in your own community!
Whether that community is your home, workplace, school or sporting club, YOU can guide the food culture of that community. Improving eating behaviors creates a healthier community and reduces negative pressures.
It is worth recognizing that ALL communities have a “food culture”. It may have been deliberately created, or developed as the result of neglect. Whether you like it or not, a culture exists and as a leader you are responsible!
According to the Department of Health, a healthy workplace helps to make a more productive business with more engaged employees. Let’s bring back the health in OH&S.
We are calling on you to be TRUE leaders. Help us change the World, by changing your community. Make it a more colorful place, with lots of fruits and vegetables!
So what are some ways you can make a difference?
If you have read any of my other blog posts than you know how much I love fundraisers.
Foost helps your community Eat Colourful by offing fundraising on their Eat Colourful range of products. From kids knives to meal planners and plates, your community receives a discount on all of our products.
40% of all sales goes to your school, kinder or group.
Make sure you contact them for more information.
Interactive sessions are run at your school or kinder to your parents. All sessions include tips, easy recipes, and food tastings. These 60-90 minute workshops will inspire and empower your parents to create healthier homes and lunchboxes. Sessions discuss eating behaviors and combating fussy eating.
There are several different types of class’es Foost offers. Please contact them to find out more details!
Children should never be placed on a restrictive diet to lose weight unless a doctor supervises one for medical reasons.
Ways you can encourage healthy eating habits:
Guide your family’s choices rather than dictate foods.
Eat every meal together as a family.
Encourage your children to eat slowly and enjoy each bite.
Get your children involved in food shopping.
Choose one or more night to have the family cook together.
If you meal prep, do it together.
Plan snacks together.
Discourage eating meals or snacks while watching TV.
Encourage your children to drink more water.- You could make it a rule where they are only allowed one cup of juice a day.
Try not to use food to punish or reward your children.
Make sure your children’s meals outside the home are balanced.- Consider sending your children to school with packed lunch and snacks.
Pay attention to portion size and ingredients.
Make it a rule there is no food allowed after 9 pm.
Don’t make kids finish their meal to get dessert.
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