NUTRAFORCE TOP 5 TIPS TO
GETTING KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY
- First lets start with you as the parent. Most of what your kids eat, how they feel, and what they look like has to do with you. Are you overweight and unhealthy? Then you need to get on the Nutraforce program and be a living example to your children. Clients we speak with all the time make reference to their parents eating habits. Practice what you want to preach to your children. Don’t blow this first statement off! Do it.
- 2/ Your kids eat things because they taste good and very rarely because they are good for them. Its your job to help guide them to the foods that are healthy for them. Most kid do not eat certain foods because they are scared of them and they have not been introduced to the foods in a way that make them attractive to them. Let’s face it you wouldn’t just pick some odd, strange shaped food and eat it without being sure of it. Doing that is quit scary to us, well its scary to your kids too. There is a psychology to eating you need to understand. Make sure that mealtime is not surrounded in chaos and dysfunction. Sit down in a calm setting and eat while have positive and enjoyable conversations. It is not the time for criticism. The more fun eating is made for little children the more likely they are to sit still and eat those vegies. Let your kids participate in the making of meals.
- 3/ Make sure that mealtime is not surrounded in chaos and dysfunction. Sit down in a calm setting and eat while having positive and enjoyable conversations. It is not the time for criticism. The more fun eating is made for little children the more likely they are to sit still and eat those vegies. Let your kids participate in the making of meals.
Siting in front of them some strange substance and saying eat may meet some resistance for a time. You might know what broccoli is but they do not, it might as well be grass. If someone sat some strange alien green thing in front of you and said eat... Would you just eat it? Other than babies you as the adult should be eating the same healthy foods as you children. Giving your kids a peanut butter sandwich while you eat chicken nuggets is not a good plan.
- Make eating healthy fun. Let kids play with and handle these foods before eating them. Make it a big deal that they are eating healthy. Kids like to have fun, they like to please you, and they love praise. You will have a whole lot more fun at meal time as well!
- Enforce the “one bite rule”
Research consistently shows that children who have initially rejected a food must be exposed to it at least 8-10 times for the food to be accepted. Many parents have had success with the “one bite rule,” requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a rejected food whenever it is served. After enough exposures the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to rate it more favorably.
Don’t force them to finish
One bite is different from finishing your plate. One of the biggest misconceptions among parents is that forcing their child to eat a food she doesn’t like will get them to change their behavior. However, fighting and punishments create a negative meal experience, and the child will learn to associate food with the bad feelings. Negative food experiences have the opposite of the desired effect and actually increase picky eating tendencies. Require one bite, but try not to start a fight. I didn’t like caned pees when I was a kid; they tasted like dead green squish. I don’t like them now!
When they do eat something healthy make a really big deal out of it. Reward good behavior and you start to get good results.