Tips for Getting Children to Eat Healthy Foods

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Do you find feeding your children a healthy diet tricky? You want them to eat lots of lovely tasty fruit and vegetables but they prefer cookies and chips. In the name of variety, you try lots of new and exciting recipes, but they’re always met with howls of ‘yuck’ and unceremoniously rejected. Eventually they pick out the pasta and leave the vegetables on the side. And time. How do you find the time to cook healthy food?

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That’s how my life used to be. Picky eaters, a bad diet, introducing food was a disaster and ALL I thought about was how to get them to eat healthy food. “Obsession” was the word my husband used.

Things are different now. I’m not going to fib and tell you that my children have great table manners and that dinners are a sedate, tranquil affair. I have 4 children aged 6 and under. Two year old twins. Their manners are quite frankly, a disaster. No going for dinner with the Queen for us!

BUT I don’t worry any more. I know my kids eat healthily. They eat vegetables. They try new foods. They eat more than just pasta. There are no more howls of “Yuck!” and screams of despair. No more fighting over whether or not they get pudding. No more coercing. No more “just one more bite”. And yes, I think about what I’m going to feed them, normally about 5 minutes before I actually cook it. They get healthy, home cooked food every single day. I don’t do junk any more. I spend about 30 minutes every day cooking. I cook easy, healthy tasty food that my children eat, generally without complaint.

How did I do it? How did I transform our lives?

There’s no secret, just a few simple rules. Rules for us, not the kids!

Tips for Getting Children to Eat Healthy Food

1. NO pressure. If my children don’t want to eat something they don’t have to.
2. I offer them healthy food through out the day. If they want it, they eat it. If not, they wait until the next healthy food opportunity.
3. Desert is not tied up with how much dinner they ate. We have desert on Friday and Saturday. It doesn’t matter how much they eat.
4. I offer variety. Lots of different healthy vegetables. They just don’t eat the ones that they don’t like.
5. I KEEP offering variety and new things. It takes time to accept something new and kids don’t like new. They like familiar.

That’s it in short. I have HEAPS more I could tell you. Why not come and join me at the next free webinar and get even more tips for getting children to eat healthy foods?

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Remember…no pressure and lots of variety and lots of healthy vegetables!

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Orlena is a paediatric doctor (that's a pediatirician from the UK) and mother of 4 (ages 6,4 and twins who are 2). She grew up and trained in the UK and then in 2011 moved to Spain in the hope of giving her children a sunny and trilingual childhood (they speak catalan and spanish.) Due to the relocation and the surprise of '2 of the price of 1' babies (IShe should have known, they run in the family) She is taking an extended 'maternity career break'. She started blogging to try to do something useful without actually going back to work. She blogs about child health and healthy eating as well as just having fun with her family. Next year the twins will start school and she hopes to go back to doctoring (as well as to keep the blog going.)

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