What do you do about junk food?

I was just talking to my 16 year old daughter , and she was telling me that when she will have kids , she will only feed them healthy food.

Coming from a 16 year old , that surprised me. I mean , who at 16 thinks about health?! (and about having children for that matter!!!). Her reasoning was that they would never be obese, and will always have a good body. Ok, i understand teens having issues with their weight, specially at their age , where appearances are SO important!

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Do you think that if kids are brought up with a healthy diet, they wouldn’t fall for the doughnut attraction? We sure can control what they eat when they are little, but when they reach a certain age, will they go by the rule or reach for the other side?

Having four kids obliges you to cook, i had to feed them and healthy at that too! And i had to be creative, kids can be very difficult with food, that’s why I always tried to do something new. I wanted them to get their taste buds used to different tastes and textures, even if they didn’t like it at the time (the rule was, eat what’s in your plate because there is nothing else!).

Now that they are older, they eat everything (except one daughter who has a problem with carrots! Maybe I fed her too much carrots when she was a kid?!).

I know that most moms work and can’t have the luxury of doing something new and complicated every day, that’s why cooking Mediterranean has its advantages; it’s easy, fast, healthy, and you can find the ingredients in your fridge.

Try getting your kids used to healthy food and snacks, I know ice cream tastes better than frozen yogurt (I do eat ice cream, I convince myself it’s less fattening than a piece of cake!), but if for each 4 frozen yogurt they get an ice cream, you have done a great job! If they eat healthy at home, eating junk once a week with their friends is OK. The harm is less, knowing that the next day is going to be a healthy one!

Kids at a young age are very flexible, they get used to what their parents feed them. Starting at a young age, obesity risks decrease, illnesses, hyper-activeness decreases, visits to the dentist decrease, and the list goes on!

How do you deal with your kids and junk food?

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4 Responses to “What do you do about junk food?”

  1. Anna Mihalaras April 13, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    You would be surprised how many girls think about having babies! Didn’t you?? I did when I was 16.
    I teach my children about balance, it is not wise to stop them or shelter them from junk food because if that is done, when they go somewhere they will take it if they are deprived of it.
    I show them sites, I talk to them about why certain foods are better, sometimes I have to let them experience for themselves otherwise they will not fully comprehend reasons or explanations.

    • Reem Eljisr April 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Yes, you have found the right word, balance! I think balance and moderation in everything is the answer to the many problems we have…

  2. Jennifer Waters April 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Hello Reem,

    I have just found your blog/Facebook page and I like it very much. Both my children are in their 20’s now, but both are very in touch with what they eat. My daughter actually took a job in a “healthy” fast food restaurant and is always asking about sodium content, etc. When they were small, fast food was not an option and pop was only a weekend treat when we met with my mum for lunch on Saturdays. Even then, they would usually order milk with their food. I take pride in this and that they learned it from me. I know that when they are in relationships that involve small children, they will make sure that those children eat well.

    Jen

    • Reem Eljisr April 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      That’s excellent Jen! It means you have done a great job 🙂

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