The Holiday Season is upon us, and with New Year’s around the corner so is all the diet and “New Year- New You” Talk, this can often mean more conversation about dieting, restricting food after indulging in your holiday favorites, pressure to start a new program in January to deal with “holiday weight-gain”, and a general feeling of shame or guilt from others.
Now in part two, we are going to talk about some tips in HOW you can set the stage at home to introduce the IDEA of adding in new nutrient-dense whole foods into your child’s meals in a way that does not cause a food strike in the home and helps lay the groundwork for healthy relationships with food in the future.
As a parent, we always want our kids to make food choices that support their growth, development, health, and happiness. However, this can be a bigger battle sometimes based on food preferences, food allergies and/or intolerances, and the just plain old “picky eaters” phases that our kids throw at us.
Today, few people express they take the time to sit and enjoy what they are eating. 24- hour lifestyles are spent on the run at work, time in traffic, transporting children to their scheduled activities, and the little resting time is spent in front of the computer or TV screen. Eating has been relegated to a mundane chore that can be done while driving, working, watching TV and so on. Few people engage in Mindful Eating.