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Inculcating Healthy Eating Habits in Children


It is easy to cultivate healthy eating habits in children during early childhood years. Here are some tips for parents.

Healthy eating habits can come naturally in children if elders too follow such habits. Inculcating such habits in children right from early childhood can help to lay down a foundation for a healthy life. Healthy eating is not only about including healthy foods in the diet of children. It is also about inculcating right eating manners in them. Here are few things that parents can remember while inculcating healthy eating habits in children.

Ways to Inculcate Healthy Eating Habits in Children 

Here are some ways that parents can follow to inculcate healthy eating habits in children.

Maintain a Right Schedule

There should always be a proper eating schedule that parents should try to maintain. Maintaining a right schedule can prove very helpful in controlling fussy eating habits to a greater extent.

Children should eat right and eat at the right time. They should begin their day with a nice stomach filling breakfast so that they do not feel hungry till the lunch time in school. Their lunch box should also be packed with nutritious and healthy foods. Sometimes children may not like what is packed in their lunch box. So, parents must try to include nutritious foods that match choices of children.

Use Your Creative Instinct

It is necessary to use creative instinct while trying to inculcate healthy eating habits in children. Some children may get motivated to eat when food is presented in a creative way. Parents can try some simple food art while inculcating healthy eating habits in them. Food art can be helpful while including vegetables that can be eaten raw in their diet.  

Allow What They like Once a Week

It is alright to allow children to eat what they like once in a week even if it is a junk food. Allowing children to eat junk food once a week may not do any harm. They can eat their favourite food items like French fries, burger, pizza or any other food of their choice on this day. Parents need to be strict about allowing children such food only once a week.  

Reward Them

Rewarding children with small gifts like a pencil, a rubber or little keep sakes can really help to motivate them to follow a healthy eating pattern. Rewarding children always works to help them keep-up the good work going.     

Avoid Forcing

It is not good to force children to eat if they are not in a mood to eat. If they do not want to eat something, parents should try to convince them about its health benefits. Parents must provide them with some other option of their choice and encourage them to eat that without forcing or putting pressure on them.     

Eat with Them

Eating healthy and nutritious food as a family with children can really help to inculcate healthy eating habits in them. If it is not possible to eat all the meals with children parents must eat at least one meal of the day with them.

Inculcating good eating habits in children can be very easy for parents if they set right examples for them. It is very important to note that healthy eating habits can really prove useful in maintaining a healthy weight. For raising a healthy child it is not only important to inculcate healthy eating habits but also encourage them to follow a healthy lifestyle.

How to inculcate healthy eating habits in children? What is the importance of teaching children to eat healthy? What kinds of foods should not be included in the diet of children? Discuss here.

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