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10 nutrition tips for a healthier family

A Healthy Diet:

Get back in shape and establish a healthy lifestyle. Foster a supportive environment for healthy weight loss by making your kids health a priority. You and your family can develop a positive relationship with food by making a just few changes to your routine.

It is so important that kids weight loss is a priority to parents. Create an environment where your kids can make nutritional choices easily.

Is teen weight loss an issue? Lead by example. When parents encourage healthy eating habits in teens it can build into a wholesome lifelong relationship with food. This relationship can provide a strong foundation and the best opportunity to grow into a healthy adult.

Here are a few tips to help cultivate healthy eating habits in children and teens.

1) Have regular Family meals.

Have an approximate time that you have dinner as a family each night. Having dinner as a family doesn’t just foster healthier eating habits; it is also a time where the family can reconnect.

2) Never use food as a reward. 

This could cause children to develop a weight problem later in life. Instead, incentivize them with something fun or physical like a trip to the park or game night.

3) Praise healthy choices. 

It is so important to praise children when they make good decisions. Give them the pride in ownership of that good choice.

Mom shopping for healthy food
The focus is on eating natural, whole foods at every meal while eliminating highly processed foods.
4) Don’t ridicule unhealthy choices. 

Remember the power of positive reinforcement. You’re your children choose unhealthy options, suggest healthier alternatives. For example, instead of regular potato chips and dip, offer tortilla chips with salsa. Instead of purchasing French fries, opt for cut up roasted potatoes with a bit of olive oil. For children with a sweet tooth, pick up some dried fruit or dip strawberries in dark chocolate for a fun and fresh treat.

5) Keep healthy food on hand. 

We all eat what is available, so keep healthy snacks easily accessible. Children can only choose from what is stocked in the house.

6) Set a good example. 

Children love to imitate, so it is important to set a good example for them. Parents shouldn’t be asking their children to eat fruits and veggies when they are gorging themselves on potato chips and soda.

7) Get the kids involved.

Make going to the grocery store fun by allowing children to help choose healthy options to add to their lunch boxes. This also can be used as an educational opportunity for parents to teach children about the nutritional values of different foods.

8) Limit portion sizes. 

Put the right portions on everyone’s plate by assembling them in the kitchen and don’t ever insist that your child cleans the plate.

9) Don’t label foods as good or bad. 

Connect healthy foods to things that your child cares about, such as sports or doing well in school. Teach your child that lean protein and calcium can help build strength for sports or that a well balanced breakfast can help them to stay focus and alert in class.

10) Avoid placing restrictions on food.

Restricting food can often have a negative effect when most parents think that they are doing the right thing. When a parent restricts food, it increases the possibility of that child growing to develop an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Talk to your child about all the healthy options and don’t make food the enemy.

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No matter how you approach these steps to health, whether it is with the help of professionals at our camp or self directed, you are supporting your child’s self growth and decision making skills. By cultivating an environment where your kids can easily make healthy nutritional choices, you are reinforcing a healthy relationship with food that your child will carry with them the rest of their lives.

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