How to teach your children the importance of a healthy diet and good eating habits

How to teach your children the importance of a healthy diet and good eating habits

The past two years have been very difficult in terms of health for everyone, regardless of their age. Almost all of us have experienced the pain of Covid-19 and subsequent closures, especially children forced into nearly eighteen months of quarantine. During this period, excessive time in front of screens, balance, changing eating and sleeping habits became a routine that badly affected their health.

However, the pandemic has emphasized the importance of good health, strong immunity and the effectiveness of correct eating habits. As India celebrates National Nutrition Week (September 1 – September 7), parents should pay increased attention to child health while raising their awareness regarding healthy eating habits and how they can support them in their pursuit of their career goals. So, as parents, how can you teach and encourage your child to adopt healthy eating habits?

Here are some tips for teaching kids the importance of a healthy diet:

1. Set family meal time

Setting time means creating a routine. When you set a meal time, you teach your kids the importance of timely meals and inculcate a habit. At the same time, while eating a meal together, you can teach your child how the digestive system works effectively if the meal routine is followed and its positive impact on health.

2. A healthy daily breakfast

Children often skip breakfast, either in a hurry or out of reluctance. Breakfast provides the energy needed to start the day and meet the energy demand of the body’s cells. Besides, it helps the body in all-round development. You should teach your child how important it is to eat breakfast. Breakfast is not an elaborate meal. You should focus on the nutrition you eat. You can develop the habit of eating whole grains, fruits and other food items that are rich in nutritional value.

(Read also: COVID-19 affected by shutdown of children’s diet and health)

Make breakfast fun for your kids. Image credit: iStock

3. Teach the bad effects of fast food and put an end to it

Children find it very tempting to eat junk food that contains ingredients that affect health badly. You should make your child aware of the ill effects of regular consumption of such food and put an end to their intake. They contain excess calories that cause obesity and have many effects in the short and long term.

4. Organic foods and their benefits

Due to the health benefits they provide, organic foods are constantly in high demand. You should teach your child about organic foods and how they help maintain overall health. Since it is naturally grown, it avoids the risks associated with pesticides and contains nutrients and boosts the immune system. Also, you can make them aware of the fact that organic foods are safe for the environment.

(Also read: Does Organic Production Boost Milk Nutritional Quality? The Experts Weigh In)

Health benefits of organic foods

Organic food can also be taught to children. Photo: iStock

5. Involve children in buying food and planning meals

It is one of the best ways to make them responsible when it comes to food planning and consumption. It will give you a chance to teach your child the nutritional and calorie values ​​of a particular item, how they can read it, and how to make a decision.

6. Be a role model

Parents are the true heroes of every child. They observe, learn and follow their habits. You should follow healthy eating habits to encourage your child to do the same. Including vegetables and fruits in the diet will send a good message to children to give importance to nutrition.

About the author: Amrita Pandey is a Dietitian at Organic India.

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