When it comes to our children’s eating habits, it can be easy to get worked up. We worry “Are they eating enough vegetables? Too much protein? Not enough food? Way too much?”
We forget that our clever bodies KNOW what they need. Children have the wonderful ability to eat when they are hungry, stop when they are full and amazingly, crave and gravitate towards the foods which will provide the nutrients their bodies need. However that doesn’t always look how we expect. It may mean that your child is not interested in lunch for weeks on end. It may mean that they spend 2 days eating nothing but bananas. It could be that 20 minutes after they finish dinner, they are asking for more.
If you, like me, grew up with your three meals a day, which you had to finish, whether you were hungry or not, changing your habits so that you don’t project these constraints on to your own child can be hard. But putting your trust in your child and their body’s ability to tell them what they need, is vital in creating healthy food attitudes for their future.
As parents, it is not our job to tell our children when and how much they should eat. Instead, our focus should be on offering a wide range of healthy food choices, and portraying a good role model in our own food choices.
If your own diet is lacking in fresh foods and nutrients, your child will struggle to develop healthy eating habits. Look at the choices you make as a family and involve your children in the whole process, from growing your vegetables and making bread, to setting the table and serving their own portions.