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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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Glucosamine

In an active lifestyle, we naturally wear our bodies down. Or in the case of many nowadays, we wore
them long before we ever got to an older age because of sports and/or injuries suffered while in high
school. I know with me being in the cross country, track, and tennis, year around I was on my feet being
active. I always had good shoes, in an effort to save my knees and I ate super healthy to maximize my
potential. Unfortunately, injuries and just genetics killed my knees regardless. In college, playing
basketball, I pretty much was told by the trainers, I could either stop playing sports and delay having
repairing surgery till maybe 40 or continue at my pace and have surgery before 30. I laughed it off with
the bulletproof attitude that is so common. But low and behold the older I got the more my joints hurt. I
took all forms of glucosamine to try and rebuild my joints and nothing really took. Then through a series
of events, I ended up taking the Amway Joint Health product and within a little over a week I saw
immediate results. My joints didn’t hurt when I woke up, my workouts didn’t hurt, and I could actually
do squats again. It’s by far the best product for the results wanted I’ve ever taken. So many of them say
you must take them for 2-3 months before you MIGHT start seeing results. But within a week I could feel
my joints feeling better and within two weeks the improvement was just amazing. Most glucosamine
pills are what I like to call “horse pills”: they’re huge! And they want you to take 4 of them daily. I had to
cut them in half just to have a shot at swallowing them. That’s 8 pills daily! The Amway Joint Health is
just normal size vitamin pills with hardly any aftertaste. They ask that you take 2 pills twice daily for
maximum effect but for several months now I’ve only been taking 2 a day and I have no joint pain
anywhere. If you have joint pain and are taking a glucosamine supplement and you feel like it’s not
getting you anywhere I highly suggest trying these out.

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