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AMARISRON
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yes!



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So true - you must lead by example!
Try the old standbys, like keeping healthy snacks on hand such as cut up fruit and veg ready to go. Sneak veg in where you can (in a smoothie). Engage them in the kitchen by including them in food preparation. Helping make dinner can be a nutrition, math and science lesson all in one while also spending time together.



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I don't believe in forcing kids to eat something
I believe in training them to eat healthy.
I think you do this by providing healthy options and making fruits and vegetables a normal part of their diet...(even if you need to add a little sauce). I know a lot of families pressed for time that resort to processed convenience foods. The problem is a lot of the nutrition has been processed out of their diets at the most crucial time. Healthy eating is a family affair...but some of us never truly outgrow our love of junk food...and we pass that tradition down. When you look at other cultures and compare their to ours, we often lag behind in the nutrition department because of what we choose to put on the table in front of them


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I am one of those people whose food issues began in childhood. My mom was always trying to get us to eat healthy, but her idea of healthy was whatever she read on the cover of a magazine while in line at the grocery store, crossed with whatever was cheap. She is a big fan of fat-free, sugar-free everything. I used to be so hungry when I was a kid that it would wake me up at night. Whenever my dad was in town and my mom was busy, he'd take us out to eat. So she was nearly starving us, and he was overfeeding us.

My sisters and I are all extremely overweight. I haven't lived in my mother's house for many years, I know it's not her fault that I'm overweight at this point. She's still at it...I can't convince her that my father needs more than 1100 calories a day and needs some real food, not just chemicals, to stay healthy. I have to tell her to leave my kids alone about what they eat or what she thinks of their shape. My grandmother was anorexic until the day she died, so I'm sure my mother got her share of food issues from her mother.

I have a different attitude towards food with my kids. I let them eat what they want to eat and I don't make an issue out of food. We have healthy options and not-so-healthy options, and they seem to go for the healthy options just as often as the junk food. I never make them finish what's on the plate if they're already full. I don't force them to eat things they think are gross. So far, it's working. They're both a healthy size and shape...my youngest is very short for her age, but that's not from what she eats. My goal is not to make food an issue...let it be what they eat when they're hungry, not a source of conflict or comfort, either one.



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Each kid is different. All 3 are teens now.
My oldest is overweight. Since he was a baby, he never had an "off" button for food. (He even overate breast milk!) My 2nd doesn't want to be like his brother, so he has had periods of presenting as anorexic. He doesn't want anything "green" or healthy. My 3rd at least attempts to listen, but the veggie intake is sadly lacking.

I don't stop having good-for-you foods in the house. DH and I continually make healthy choices for the most part, but the kids are not following our example. We grow a lot of our own food, and the kids don't even access the quality foods when they have the chance. It is very disappointing...

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yes, by example and by buying and eating healthy foods.

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I tried very hard when my son was a baby... even when he started school, I went to a lot of effort with the lunch box. But then came high school, his own freedom to buy junk that I couldn't control, and this all coincided with my own personal slide into poor eating habits and weight gain.

So, he's 17 now, almost 18, but living at home probably for at least 1 more year... and i've been making it my personal mission to make up for lost time and the errors that occurred over the last 5 years. It's a LOT of work, I get up each morning and make him yogurt with fruit and an egg mcmuffin type thing, or some similar healthy breakfast, and a sandwich for his lunch. "He should learn to make his own" - wellll yeahhh but if left to his own devices, he'll eat cold cereal for breakfast and pack a processed-cheese-slice-and-mayo-sandwich, get starving by 10am, eat his lunch for a snack, and hit up McDonalds with his friends for lunch. So. I bite the bullet for now and just do what I SHOULD have been doing, but didn't.

He is now used to the nice breakfasts, lunches and of course home-cooked dinners, and he's even getting a bit more adventurous with the vegetables... and slowly but surely I'm making him learn to do it himself (he gets the choice - helping cook the meal or helping clean up after it... since he hates cleaning, there's some motivation to learn to cook). I'm going to make him a cookbook of Cheap Easy foods at some point before he moves out, in the hopes that his Default Options once he's on his own will be for "easy! delicious yogurt and granola!" and not "2 packets of ramen noodles."

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I know too many people who blame a lack of time for just buying lots of processed food and snacks so they don't have to deal with food issues with their kids. I think kids respond the way that they are trained. Teach them that fruit is their snack and they will be more likely to eat it. Have them at least try something and they might like it. I had an aunt with 6 kids, she had to make 3 different meals because of different tastes...they never dared pulled that nonsense on my mother (their aunt). And getting them involved in the kitchen gets them more interested and teaches them life lessons.

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I've discussed nutrition with my dd. I plan healthy meals. Dh and I eat good food.
Most of our meals are prepared from scratch at home. We eat together as a family at the dining table almost every night.
We don't buy a lot of junk food. It isn't forbidden but is a "sometimes food".
My dd is anti-vegetable and wary of trying new things. I encourage and provide opportunities but I don't force her to eat something. I encourage her to pick out fruit at the store since she likes fruit.
We eat meatless meals often.
I don't want dd forming a habit of skipping meals so I encourage her to eat at regular times.
I encourage her to portion out food into a dish rather than eating from a container.
I feel that dd has been given the information about what is and isn't healthy, has access to a variety of healthy food and can make her own choices. Sometimes she will not make the healthiest choice and we have discussed that. I know that tastes change and she may eat something as an adult that she refuses now. It isn't a battle. I'm not stressed about what dd eats.

I grew up in a meat and potato house with limited variety of canned vegetables. I wasn't forced to eat anything particular as a child. I eat differently as an adult but don't feel I ever had a problem with food other than skipping meals.




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6/11/13 8:59 A

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PLUGINALONG emoticon
does that mean she still doesn't listen to you
(since you continue to preach to her)

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My daughter is 38 now and I still preach fruits and veggies to her.

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SHERYLDS
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I love watching parents interacting with their tots in the produce section teaching them the names of different things and getting them interested.

It bothers me that so many people don't even try to push veggies (or even different foods) a little more. Some parents just keep giving kids junk food snacks to pacify them and then struggle trying to get them to eat healthy meals. At least make snacks nutritious
As they say..When one is hungry, anything will taste good

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Moderation is key in my opinion. I think if you make anything completly off limits, it makes it more appealing. My oldest son has never liked pop so I lucked out there. I never said there was something he could never had, but I always limited the amount.



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Yes in order to teach children to eat healthy -- you must lead by example. Our son drinks no pop, sugared drinks of any kind including juice....water or milk and that is by his choice -- his big splurge is chocolate milk. He is almost eleven and has avoided the two biggest sugar mistakes which cause obesity in children -- POP AND JUICE

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Many years ago when my children were small (now daughter 36yrs and son 32yrs) I told them what carbs, protein, healthy fats, fibre, etc. were. When I asked them what they had to eat today (when I came home from work in the week-ends) I was generally told that they had had carbs, and protein, and fibre and then they would tell me what the foods were. Sometimes I would say things like "was there much protein in that?" and I would get a 'yes' or 'no'. My son is 32 and he STILL does this - LOL!

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My daughter eats more fruits and veggies than my son does. I also try not to keep the bad foods in the house forcing them to make better options.



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My kids are awesome eaters, and they love their fruits and veggies. We eat some "exotic" foods and they're usually pretty open-minded about trying new things. It makes me a very proud mama.

I struggle a little with how to discuss food/nutrition with them in our fast-food world. I try to avoid labeling foods as "good" or "bad". I try to explain that we limit sugar/sweets/fatty foods because they don't have any nutritional value, rather than saying they will "make you fat." I read nutrition labels with my kids (7 and 3) and let them measure out a serving so they realize what is a proper serving size of cereal/crackers/peanuts. They're often shocked at how little they get, and I explain that what they have is an adult-sized serving! We don't eat out often, but when we do, I steer them towards the healthier choices while letting them keep some semblance of control of what they order. They'll often choose a cheeseburger off the kids menu, but they have to choose one of the healthier sides (applesauce, carrot sticks, steamed veggies) instead of fries. This works well for us.

We run into some problems when they see how my rules are more strict than their friends' parents, or they want Lunchables in their lunchbox or soda with dinner because someone else gets to have it. Honestly, I don't want to give in once because I'm afraid of the slippery slope. I also hope that my "rules" don't give them a complex, and make them bee-line for the nearest McDonalds they day they get their driver's license!



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When my daughter was little, I did teach her to it healthy; and today, at 25 years old, she is in great shape!!!!

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I must have by example, because as adults they are! emoticon Also, all are into fitness, too.



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Some of us 'blame' our parents for bad food relationships (begun in childhood).
Some of us grew up on meat and potatoes with a token veggie on the plate.
But
Now that we are grown-ups

How are you handling food in your family with your kids or your grandkids?
DO YOU TRY TO INTRODUCE YOUR CHILDREN TO A VARIETY OF HEALTHY FOODS AND DO YOU TRY TO BE A ROLE MODEL ?
Or
DO YOU STRUGGLE AND BARELY GET THEM TO TRY EATING VEGGIES?

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