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Kids CAN Eat Healthily With Your Encouragement

If there is one bugbear of every parent, it’s the picky eater. Almost every family has one and it’s the one thing that throws up roadblocks at meal times. Creating an environment where food is something that your children enjoy is so important for stress-free mealtimes. The most important thing is that your children are eating a healthy and balanced diet and encouraging this is going to be crucial for your child and their growth.

The difficulty comes where you have a picky eater who will only eat beige food. Or cold food. Or food from the freezer, because your homemade fries in the air fryer oven just aren’t the same as the ones from the bag. I know, it’s annoying and frustrating because you’re making your best homemade meals, and your children are turning up their noses. You need to think about how to encourage your children to eat well, and below we’ve got some tips to get you started.

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No Restrictions. When you sit at the table and you catch yourself saying no to dessert unless plates are clean, did you know you could be fostering bad habits for your child? Restricting certain sweet foods and fatty foods based on not wanting them to overeat is going to go against you in the future. Kids are susceptible to eating disorders and this has to be something that you avoid. Placing restrictions on food can lead to that. Instead, offer healthy swaps and allow sweet foods to be a part of their healthy diet.

Open Bowl. The fruit bowl on the table is always full, but if children don’t feel they can take without permission, there’s a problem. Opt for an open bowl policy, whereby fruits and vegetables can be eaten whenever they want them. Children will be far more relaxed about eating healthy food if they are allowed them whenever they like.

Praise, Don’t Nag. If you catch your child eating an apple, show them your approval at their snack of choice. Proud smiles, praise and an approving nod can go a long way to uplifting their self-esteem.

Cook Together. When it comes to the snacks that are under the ‘junk’ umbrella, why not cook together and create healthy versions of junk snacks. If you get them involved in making baked tortilla chips and homemade salsa, you can encourage healthy food while educating them on how to make an unhealthy snack healthier.

Control. Sometimes, children feel they have no control over their eating. It’s good to let them help you make the grocery list and the menu for the house when you write down the food you want to make for the week.

Children are intelligent, even the picky ones! The picky eaters in your home need to be taught about food; where it comes from and how to make it and the best food to eat. All you have to do is be the person educating them and give them some time to come around. It won’t happen overnight, so have patience.

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5 Ways To Make Your Entire Family Healthier

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Having a healthy family is a priority for most parents. After all, being sick isn’t fun, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking to see those you love suffer from an illness, even if it’s just a cold or minor bug. That being said, few parents make the changes necessary for a healthier lifestyle, as they assume that they’ll be difficult to put into action and stick to. However, getting fit is rarely as difficult as you might think. If you’re hoping to make your entire family healthier, including your partner, kids, and pets, here are five things you need to do.

 

  1. Eat Three Healthy Meals

Most people assume that eating healthy means eating a lot less than they do right now. Thankfully, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Instead of cutting back on how much you and your family eat, you should focus on switching up your meals to include more fruits and vegetables. These provide vitamins and minerals that are vital in keeping you strong and fighting illness. You should also ensure that you feed your pets a balanced and nutritious diet.

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  1. Ensure You Exercise Together

When most people imagine working out, they picture jogging around the neighbourhood or visiting a local gym. This can really put people off from exercising, as these options aren’t particularly appealing to most people. However, there are plenty of activities that your whole family could enjoy, including swimming, dancing, playing football, or cycling. You should also walk your dog every single day and play with any of your other pets to keep them active.

 

  1. DNA Test Your Dog

If you have a mixed breed dog in the family, you might want to give it a DNA test. There are lots of brands you can choose from, so do some research and find out more information before you choose one. These DNA tests will, of course, tell you what breeds your dog is made up from, but it will also let you know what health conditions you need to look out for. This means that you can work on preventing these conditions and keeping your furry friend happy and healthy.

 

  1. Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress is something that everyone has to deal with, kids and animals included. Unfortunately, if left unmanaged, it can lead to some pretty serious health problems, so it’s crucial that you work on keeping stress levels low. This means ensuring that everyone eats right, exercises every day, manages their time well, and goes to bed at a reasonable hour. You may also want to invest in a few plugins for around the house and create somewhere for your pets to be by themselves.

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  1. Go For Regular Checkups

Even if you and your family seem pretty healthy, it’s important that you all go for regular checkups at least once a year. Of course, for your pets, this will be with a vet, rather than the family doctor. It’s important that you do this, as the professionals may be able to spot something wrong that you haven’t been able to notice yet. They will also be able to suggest more ways to make your family a little healthier.

 

Making a healthier family really isn’t as difficult as you might think. Hopefully, the tips above will help you.

 

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