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......Giving a healthy start to your child lies in the hands of parents. Healthy food choices and an activity oriented life style can be taught to little kids. It just takes a little time, effort, thoughtfulness and patience to create a win- win situation by putting health and nutrition top on your and your child's priority list. Below given points will help you to some extent.

  • Good foods promote health and growth; they give energy for play and learning. But after age one, children grow more slowly and may eat less; what they eat and not how much is important.
  • Give them a variety of wholesome foods to encourage healthy food habits. For e.g., don't lay too much stress on milk at the cost of other foods.
  • Serve meals and snacks at regular times and in a calm atmosphere.
  • Remember, it is normal for a child to refuse a certain food from time to time, try the food again another day.
  • Since children immitate those around them. Make sure your eating habits are a good example.
  • Too much food is discouraging. Serve child - size portions for child's appetite.
  • Be sure that snacks are nutritious and simple.
  • Start each day with a good breakfast.
  • Buy and cook healthful food.
  • Let children make their own food choices from the good choices you provide.
  • Avoid serving and buying highly processed and junk foods that are loaded with fat, sugar, salt and addictives.
  • Decrease the intake of fat - Serve low fat milk and its products; serve more fish and poultry rather than red meats. Limit the number of eggs to 3 per week. Avoid excessive use of fried foods, ghee, and butter in meals or snacks.
  • Use sugar in moderation The major threat of sugar is dental cares. Limit the amount of sweets you buy. Limit low much sweet are eaten. Allow sweets or desserts once in a while after a well-balanced meal. Discourage sweets for snacks. Do not allow indulgence of soft drinks and sherbets. Insist that teeth are brushed after sweets are eaten. Instead serve fruits/dry fruits for snacks and desserts. Encourage eating fruits/juices without sugar, honey and cream.
  • Ignore your child's requests for frequent snacks.
  • Turn off the TV/ computer at mealtime.
  • Introduce exercise or any physical activity into your child's life.

 
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