Do you read and research about children’s healthy diets?
Sometimes when we read a bit about a subject, the more you read the more you can feel overwhelmed with how much there is to do.
This is particularly true with health advice.
There is SO much conflicting info on nutrition, diets and food choices.
What if you child doesn’t currently eat any vegetables, or they eat 2 bags of crisps every day? Do you continually compare reality to your ideal for family eating?
Sometimes as parents we’re just about managing to get them dressed and out the door each day, so you may feel overwhelmed about not managing all this health info.
BTW – look out for our Children’s Health Course coming soon to help you with this! In the meantime…….
Focus on what you have the power change
Concentrate on what you CAN influence and what you CANNOT with your child’s diet.
🍐 The food you offer your child in the home
🍐 How you talk about food to make healthy food sound yummy
🍐 How your child spends their free time outside of school – are they over scheduled, do they have time to play?
🍐 Connection between you and them – building up emotional resilience
🍐 How much you take them out to play outside, and encourage physical movement
Things you can’t influence:
🍐 Air pollution – we can’t obsess about pollution in the street. Except for moving to the country, or joining campaigns for better air there isn’t anything you as an individual can do.
🍐 Genetics – you can influence which genes are turned on and off through diet and lifestyle, but genes are given at conception!
🍐 Contents of processed foods – again, aside from protesting to the food industry you can’t change the salt / sugar / fat contents of food.
Whilst there is a lot we can do to support healthy children, there is no point getting obsessive. There are some simple tricks and effect strategies to support children’s healthy diets.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with health information, get in touch with Anna
for a children’s nutrition appointment.