Quick Tips To Help Kids Maintain A Healthy Weight (Part 2)
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Eat Together And Mindfully
It can be difficult to get everyone together for a meal, but it is a good idea. There are many benefits to eating together as a family, and one of them is that it can promote healthy, mindful eating. Having a conversation while eating can help slow down the pace at which children eat and make them less likely to overeat. Avoid distractions during mealtime, such as having the TV on or allowing children to use electronic devices at the table. Eating while distracted can lead to overeating.
Involve Children In Decisions About Food
Allowing children to be involved in meal planning and preparation helps them learn good habits. Planning menus together can be a fun activity and allows children to feel like they have input and control over their diets. Cooking together can be fun and can help children learn healthy ways to prepare food. If you feel a little unsure of your own cooking skills, taking a cooking class with your child can be a great thing to do together.
Don’t Totally Ban Certain Foods
Forbidding a food often backfires, increasing a child’s desire for that food. Instead of totally banning a food, limit the portion size.
Don’t Use Food As A Reward
Encourage children to see food as something they eat when needed to nourish their bodies; not as a reward or an emotional crutch during hard times. That kind of mentality around food can lead to unhealthy eating habits.
Limit Screen Time
Video games, TV, and computer time are OK in moderation, but too much screen time can be a problem. Sedentary activities can limit the amount of time available for exercise, and they can lead to “mindless” snacking that can quickly add up in terms of calories.
That’s all for this week. Keep an eye out for more tips in part 3 of this series.
Andrea Berez, MS, RD, CSP
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Tuesdays at 6:30pm: New YOU Resolutions Workshop Series
1-3-17: Lifestyle Changes (link to MB)
1-10-17: Growing your Daily Home Yoga Practice (link to MB)
1-17-17: Food Journaling and Mindful Eating (link to MB)
1-24-17: Mindfulness and Relaxation (link to MB)
1-31-17: Family Meals & Stress less over Family Eating (link to MB)