Lunchtime: HERS + MINE (pictures below) It doesn't have to be complicated. She eats what I eat, just a little less. Here are my top tips for teaching your children how to eat healthier.
1. Be the example. It's not just about what you eat but it's also the things you say about yourself that they notice. Choose to set a positive example.
2. Don't label foods as "good" or "bad." Just talk about how healthy foods make you FEEL. Explain how they make you feel good and energized.
3. Take them grocery shopping with you if you can. I know it's hard but it will teach them. Ask them what vegetables they want to eat throughout the week. Let them be involved.
4. Explain to them the reasons WHY we eat healthy food. If kids understand the reasons behind what they're doing, they are more likely to follow your lead.
5. Involve them in cooking at home. Make fun and colorful pictures with your food... be creative and make it fun!
6. Make the same meal for everyone. Maybe you are eating less carbs than the rest of them, or are adjusting slightly, but still be eating the same things. You can always serve yourself less/more or adjust as needed.
7. Eat around the dinner table. Good conversation and good things happen there. I'm a huge believer in family dinner (thanks, Mom 😘).
8. If you have young kids, implement healthier changes now. It will become their "normal." If you have older kids, don't be afraid to start making positive changes. They'll catch on!
9. Don't be afraid to show some tough love. No kid has ever died from not getting dessert after dinner.
10. You can't control what they eat outside your home and that's okay- but you CAN control what food is available in your home and fridge. Make it count!
🍒 I may be the "mean mom" one day for not buying sugar cereals, and I'm okay with that. But I'd much rather be the "cool mom" who's able to play and keep up with them as they grow... because the sidelines are not for me. Put me in, coach. 😉