Those who have no junk in the house, do your kids consider it a treat to eat junk when out somewhere?
Do your kids get to choose things to go in the trolley if they grocery shop with you? If you do buy them something, do you still get it even if their choice is 'junk'?
I always shop with the kids and just laugh and say no if they pick out junk!
DS up until last week when he started school always came grocery shopping with me, at the fruit shop he is in charge of picking the fruit and veg for the week , they all know him at the butcher , deli and fish market so it's a fun thing and at the supermarket I meal plan so have a list so there's really nothing for him to choose as such ( mainly staples and dairy ) the only thing he ever really asked for was a chupa chup at the checkout, sometimes he gets one, sometimes he doesn't
For me it's less about the food itself (to a point) and more about how it's used/associated.
Obviously the more natural the better, and lots of fruit/veg etc etc - stuff we all know - but I think it's more important to reach a healthy relationship with food by teaching moderation, not using it as rewards or punishment, not being overly restrictive and respecting a child's hunger and fullness signals etc.
I think if you model and teach a healthy relationship with food, the rest falls in to place.
In a way yes, by that I mean that we have taught our kids to eat healthy mainly because we do (we're just not into junk food and I've never been, always gives me an upset belly). We have introduced them to things as they got older (despite ridicule from family about my food strictness) but they still would prefer a sandwich to McDonald's.
The problem I now have is that I maybe left it too late to introduce them to "treat" food and when they go to parties they don't have very good self control and I worry that they look like pigs cause they keep going back for more.
DS is very moral and well basically thinks he's the worlds police and he does get a bit grandstanding about his healthy choices especially with drinks but he does that with everything.
Last edited by ICanDream; 06-02-2016 at 20:04.
OP haven't read any replies. Unless your child is underweight and malnourished then the diet isn't 'too' healthy.
If someone sticks to a parental ideal (whether it be health food, BLW, delayed solids etc) while their baby was behind average on the growth charts then I think it's fair to say they would need a Big fat reality check (and visit from the MCHN).
I haven't seen very many cases on BH at all (in the years I've been on) where things led me to believe someone was being overly healthy with their kid.
Although the carrots at maccas thread came close.
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