It really is a unfortunate situation to look at young children who are obese. Even schools offer peanut butter and jelly or ice cream for lunch. In order that your child is eating correctly you must feed them an abundance of vegetables and fruits. But the strategy is to make it delicious and fun. For example, for breakfast, plan a platter of fruit, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, they will love it!
Make faces out of the fruit. Have them drink only water and no sugar 100% fruit juice that you juice yourself.
Get them used to eating vegetables that are uncooked. Whenever they get hungry, offer small baby carrots, or celery, they will grow to love the taste just the way it is. You can introduce a new veggie weekly and learn how to hide it into your food. For instance, chop up Portobello mushrooms in a chopper and add it to your pasta sauce and watch them gobble it up, barely noticing the mushrooms.
If they see you maintaining a healthy diet, they will learn in early stages to eat that way. Do not let them eat packaged foods, such as macaroni and cheese, or fried chicken fingers, or anything fried for that matter.
Offer natural desserts that you have made at home, such as homemade sorbet, or fruit smoothie, or peach cobbler pie (all natural). Stay away from cakes, cookies, etc that have preservatives and other unnatural flavorings. Make it yourself and offer it occasionally. You will find that they watch you and what you eat and if you incorporate a much healthier menu, so will they.
The best part of raising your children to learn to love fruits and vegetables is that you will notice that they will turn down junk food when you are not around.
At that point you will know that you have done your part in raising healthy adults.
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