Monday, August 8, 2011

Healthy Eating for Children

Healthy Eating for Children 
ought to be treated as top priority by all parents because as a parent all of us have a responsibility to give our children the best feasible start in life. Feeding them a healthy diet when young helps them to grow in to fit adults who suffer from fewer illnesses & can look forward to longevity. Is there any parent who doesnt wish this for their children

The obvious query now is what constitutes & nice diet for children I will give a link to an excellent net site at the finish of this article that will deal with all the technical aspects of a healthy diet. For now accept that the food pyramid that was instigated by the US Department of Agriculture is an excellent beginning point.

I do know that everybody has an issue in persuading children to eat what is healthy than what is fun; the secret is to make healthy food fun . For example I recently watched a British made TV program that subjected an fat relatives to eight weeks under the control of a dietician. Initially the children claimed that they would only eat burgers meaning McDonalds. The dietician made 50 lentil burgers for the cost of buying Large Macs & introduced lentil burgers to the children for dinner, freezing the remaining 47 for use later. The only thing they told them was that they insisted that burger buns get replaced with whole grain rolls. Result: The children ate the lentil burgers without comment. Not only did they eat them they asked for more. OK, more can be bad but the point is what they desired to eat was something that resembled a Large Mac, what it tasted like wasnt that important.

Now here is the BIG point: When the dietician told the father what they was about to do to encourage her children to eat healthy foods the mothers response was. You have no chance, my children will insist on eating McDonalds. - I think this is a case of a father who thought they was being kind to her children by giving them what they wanted; a lot so that they actually started believing it herself.

The relatives spent 80 pounds sterling each week on take home food & their grocery bill was 140 pounds sterling each week. When the healthy diet was started the every week grocery bill dropped to 85 pounds sterling each week & zero on take-out food. A total every week saving 135 pounds sterling each week (That equates to around US$240 each week.) by cutting out unhealthy convenience foods.

At the finish of eight weeks the father had lost 21 pounds, the brother 18 pounds & each kid 14 pounds. For the first time in their young lives the children were playing team sports at school & with friends after school.

They are what they eat & healthy eating for children is the greatest gift you can give to your offspring.