Parents know that it is in the food introduction phase and during childhood that good eating habits are established, ensuring a healthier future for children. However, many times unintentionally, we can fall into some traps that take all the dedication down the drain, making children restrictive to eat.
Replace the meal
At some point it is normal for the child to reject food, sometimes because he is sick or simply because he does not want to eat. Then, that worried mother, who wants her child to be well nourished, will soon look for another food that the child will accept, as she cannot imagine her little baby without eating properly.
The problem is that this substitution can become a habit and the child will always ask for another food that he likes more and, generally, less healthy. Therefore, if the child does not want to eat, respect it. Remove the dish without fighting, complaining or showing stress, but also do not replace the meal with another type of food. Remove the child from the table and go do something fun.
So, when she’s hungry, try again!
Replacing the meal with less healthy foods can start a habit and a vicious cycle, in which the child always refuses to get that other food that he got the other time, and that can be difficult to change later.
Offer processed foods
The baby food on the shelf, the cornstarch cookie, the petit suisse, the yogurt, among others, are foods that have on the label the indications of healthy food for babies and children. However, what few know is that the industry uses resources that leave natural home-cooked food at a disadvantage. She uses Hyper Palatability!
Detailed studies identify the ideal combination and proportion of salt, sugar and fat that most pleases the child’s (and adult’s) brain. Generating a sensation of pleasure that no other natural food can achieve.
For this reason, the child is so dependent on these processed foods that they contain these ingredients, thus starting to reject the most natural foods prepared at home, since they do not generate the same pleasure as processed foods.
Therefore, the ideal is to offer fresh food, made at home, without the use of preservatives, antioxidants, dyes, among others.
Don’t make the meal a family time
Often the parents are so concerned with making the child eat well, but forget that they are the ones who set the example. There is no point in wanting the child to eat vegetables while they are eating potato chips.
The meal should be something pleasurable and it is very important for the child to see their parents and siblings eating together, without making a face or showing anxiety! Food will be natural for the child if it is natural for the parents.
It is worth remembering that food does not start at the table, but already in the kitchen, when preparing food. Taking the child to the supermarket or the fair is also very important. Letting her choose what she wants to eat, letting her cut, knead, stir… All of this piques her curiosity! Take advantage of this time together to talk and strengthen bonds.…