Adequate nutrition not only supports proper development and protection against disease but also promotes healthy eating habits throughout their lifespan. Letting them eat in response to their body's needs and associating mealtimes with pleasure is very successful to make them eat a healthy and varied diet. Let me show you how.
When your child only wants to eat a handful of foods, making sure they get the nutrients they need can be very tricky. Also, it creates a dynamic that turns mealtimes into an eternal struggle, making mealtime an unpleasant and stressful time for the whole family.
Learning to implement some basic rules during mealtimes, training their taste buds little by little, and creating a positive environment around food will lead to important changes in your child's behavior. Let me guide you through this process.
CHILDHOOD AND WEIGHT
Research points to two major causes of childhood overweight in addition to poor feeding practices and stress: misinterpreting a child's normal size by labeling them as overweight and imposing dietary restrictions.
Labeling your child as overweight and taking steps to control their weight, whether direct or indirect, makes them feel inferior and flawed. Food restriction in children causes the opposite effect, it leads to food obsession and results in overeating.
So how can you help and support your children's natural weight without hurting them emotionally? Let me show you how.
How Do I Know If I Need Help?
Weight and Behavioral Concerns Around Food
Stressful Meal Times
You feel stressed about mealtimes and planing meals
You are worried about your child's weight or growth
Tricking them to Eat
You have to distract your child to eat or hide healthy food in their meals.
Your child has a very restricted diet or is eating fewer and fewer foods
You restrict your child's food for fear of weight gain
Problems with Snacks
Your child is a snack eater and never hungry for meals.
Feeding a child is more than just providing food, it is about parent-child connection, trust and acceptance."