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Raising a Healthy Son

Monday, January 21, 2013

Our food habits start at a very young age so I am trying to raise my two-year-old son to be a healthier eater than I ever was. I don’t want him to have the problems that I have when he gets to be my age.

These are the things I’m doing at this point to help him develop a healthy lifestyle:

• I make sure he has a fruit and/or vegetable with every meal. He’ll get a banana for breakfast, maybe some carrots and some applesauce with lunch and veggies with dinner. Often, we’ll share a piece of fruit for snack too.

• I pay attention to what he is snacking on. If his snacks are carb heavy, I will feed him a starch-free meal to help balance it out. For example: It is so easy to hand him a handful of animal crackers when he’s whiny. If that is the case, then for lunch he’ll get a slice of turkey breast, his fruit and veggie and slice of cheese. If he eats it all, he’ll get a cookie or some pudding for dessert.

•I don’t force him to eat. Last night he refused to eat dinner, so I let him down from the table. Of course, he didn’t get anything else to eat last night so he’ll probably wake up pretty hungry. I read an article recently that said that members of the “clean plate club” often overeat and have a tendency to be overweight.

• Lead by example. I’m hoping that my new habits will persist and he will see how happy and healthy I am by eating a low fat diet and exercising regularly.

What are you doing or have you done to help ensure your children are learning healthy habits?
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