One thing I have learned is that if a child is given food - whatever food that may be - they will more likely enjoy it. However, if you don't have healthy food available to them while growing up - they might not like it. My children always were given healthier foods to eat (and time to time less healthy options). They love things like most vegetables - grains - and fruit. One time we went to someone's house and they had the choice to eat cake or an apple and my daughter wanted to eat the apple (yes, I was shocked). My children never drink soda (they don't like it - they claim it makes them more thirsty) or juices - they prefer water. When they were younger - juices, etc. were only relegated to special occasions and water was mostly given. So, it is their habit to drink it - and love it. It is only because of the food environment they were raised in. My youngest is a bit more of a picky eater
- but that doesn't mean she refuses to eat healthy - but she does have her preferences.
We have had our moments in eating less healthy food when time was an issue - so we ate out. The amazing thing is that since we usually eat more fiber, vegetables, fruits - we really notice how our bodies act differently depending on what you eat. I always tell the kids it is like putting gas in your car - the quality of the gas does make a difference.
We are nowhere near perfect - we still eat unhealthy food sometimes (although we are trying to make sure we always have healthier options) - but our habit is to eat healthier. My children have a great appreciate for foods - different styles - different flavors - different ingredients. With that, I am truly fortunate. So - start as soon as you can, because timing can make all the difference! There is hope though - because my parents raised my on McDonalds foods and everything processed. I now have learned to enjoy making healthier foods that are delicious. There is hope.
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5% Summer Challenge
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