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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
12/24/13 6:04 P

We talk about portion sizes and balanced meals but I think kids learn from the example they see around them

HOLLYM48 Posts: 19,541
12/24/13 8:34 A

My girls are 18 and 22 and both in college. My youngest isn't thrilled about the cafeteria choices so tries to eat most from the salad bar. My oldest is living in a house with 3 other girls and eats a lot of boxed pasta, but their favorite is coming home and eating a meal here that is healthy and balanced with veggies, meat and lot's of fruit in the fridge.
It is very important as they grow up to set an example, they may not follow it right away, but eventually when they start cooking, I am convinced they will learn to cook healthy foods.

MLEHTO Posts: 734
12/23/13 4:31 P

My mother was one of the original work outside the home mothers and so we ate a lot of convenience foods, Hamburger Helper, tv dinners, etc. Neither of my parents had ever had a problem with their weight so they weren't equipped to handle a child who put on weight looking at a bowl of potato chips. I've spent the last 30 years figuring out nutrition and healthy eating on my own and I still have a lot to learn and put in to practice.

12/23/13 4:28 P

There is no National Food Pyramid (anymore) It has been gone for year..It is now:
It is a fantastic site for adult and child education tools, food planning tools, recipe ideas, food tracking, etc

Probably the best tip I can share for establishing healthy eating habits in children (requires very little talking too).
Just be a good Role model. Young children eat what they see their parents eating.
They learn to cook what they see their parents cooking. ETC.

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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,347)
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12/23/13 4:16 P

I am sad to see that many of our nation have put the government on a pedastle and believe what they say to be unquestionable truth, even regarding health and nutrition. Therefore, even the parents who want health for their children have been misled and are misleading the next generation.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
12/23/13 2:15 P

If more parenst would learn and then teach their children nutrition...America would be a better place....I say learn about one food a day and teach you kids.....grandkids

American would be thinner and healthier!

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12/22/13 10:34 P

I'm saddened when I think of how misleading our nation's food pyramid is and how preventable DM2 is. Parental involvement could prevent childhoods lost to prediabetes and diabetes.

KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,312
12/22/13 11:55 A

I am going to answer in the opposite. I'm not a parent, but my parents didn't teach my brother or I much about eating healthfully. We grew up eating TV dinners, Shake'n'Bake, canned spaghetti, and other canned or boxed foods.

In high school I really liked home ec. I would bring home recipes and try them, often to the dismay of my parents. Throughout my 20s and now my 30s, I'm still learning better nutrition and eat mostly "real food" -- not stuff in boxes or cans. My mom is now a type 2 diabetic and also learning to eat healthfully for the first time in her life!

No matter what we're taught, there's always room to change and grow.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
12/21/13 8:50 A

I always taught my son to try everything and I made food fun when he was little...
Avocados were Gator Eggs, meatballs were porcupines, spinach we called muscle leaves, broccoli we called Trees of Strength, garbanzo beans were energy balls, and carrots rabbit food. I even made pasta out of zucchini and called them “good luck noodles. His Grandfather also would encourage him to try everything.

He always enjoyed helping me make Kabobs, fillings for zucchini boats and he even started to learn how to cook at 10 years old.

I always made nutrient dense meals and encouraged a variety of foods...even at 39 he would rather have a veggie or a fruit than candy, pretzels or potato chips, pies, cakes, bagels etc., and he is now teaching my grandson to eat the same way.

So it is important not only in how you present food to your child but also in what you say. Children will mimic your lead.

12/21/13 7:35 A

Can a Grandparent comment?

9, 12,12 Least ways that's all I'm intrusted with at the moment. I think I get to start on the younger ones, 3,4,5, next year.

I usually get to keep the three oldest every other weekend, and a considerable amount of holidays.

On the positive side, I'm allowing/teaching/helping them to cook. Cooking from scratch, I consider to be the single most important item. That includes time spent in the garden, animal husbandry, wild game, and various preservation techniques. They have done everything from canning carrots, to dressing and canning/freezing/dehydrating deer this year. There has been a plethora of other things.

On a down note, I have given them some "label" education. That has, at least, changed their portion sizes on a few things. They are aware of the sodium, trans fats, and hidden trans fats now. To a lesser extent, the are paying attention to vitamin and mineral content. But, they are getting a feel for the powerhouse foods and just why some food is fortified.

I have been at this, in earnest, with them for about the last two years. We made homemade pizza last night, each tailored to their own taste but low in sodium and with a sauce laden with pureed veggies.

Farm fresh eggs and deer sausage here in a few.

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12/21/13 1:44 A

Most children's menus I've seen offer some choice of the following:
chicken nuggets, pizza, burger, hotdog, mac n cheese, spaghetti, grilled cheese, and fries.

I am now starting to see veggies, salads, and fresh fruits offered as sides as well as grilled chicken for entrees. I'm glad to see this and hope it grows into more healthy options

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12/21/13 1:14 A

I talked to my children about nutrition from a very early age - PRE-school. I taught them about protein, various fats, fibre, types of carbs and about calcium, vitamins etc. Initially it was just the very basic, but as they got a little older I extended it a bit to their understanding levels. I would ask them what they had for lunch - they would tell me, "Protein, Complex Carbs" etc.

They are now 32yrs old and 36yrs old, and they STILL relate in this way - my son particularly so :-) My daughter does this with her 6yr old because he has a number of severe allergies and he needs to know because he would otherwise miss out on loads of protein, fats, calcium and fibre without thinking about it, when he is able to make choices for himself.


LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
12/21/13 12:51 A

Dd is 13 years old.
We have talked about nutrition quite a bit. We discussed things like eating a balanced diet, some foods & drinks being things we shouldn't consume very often, what food does for our bodies, how to read food labels, and portion sizes.

Some of the resources we used:

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (104,324)
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12/20/13 7:34 P

My kids are 4, 3 and 2. We talk about healthy choices and why healthy choices are important. I am not militant at all w/ my kids about food, especially since all 3 are in the 20-25th percentile when it comes to weight. My kids LOVE fruit and carrots, so I offer those daily.

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12/20/13 5:58 P

What have you taught your children about nutrition?
How old are they now?

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