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To inculcate good eating habits in children, parents must play an important role in shaping the eating habits of their children. As a parent or guardian, here are a few things you should know.


Exposing your children to a range of healthy foods and start introducing it when they’re very young. Cheap, poor-quality foods of convenience aren’t appropriate for anyone of any age (or anyone at all). Provide guidance but be careful when it comes to strictly forbidding and avoiding food. If you’re stocking the house with food, most of the control will be in your hands by default. However, as kids get older and spend more time with friends and away from their parents, they will make their own decisions. It’s important to teach them honestly as opposed to dictating forcefully. Developing a solid foundation of healthy eating habits at home will go a long way.

Children at the Bertrams Junior School eat birthday cake as they celebrate their school's 90th anniversary as well as Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg Friday July 18, 2008. Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday Friday by urging the wealthy to share with the less fortunate and by saying he wished he had been able to spend more time with his family during the anti-apartheid struggle. Mandela was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid.(AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


An easy way to maintain perspective is to ask yourself why people eat? Ultimately, the reason is (or should be) to provide life-giving nourishment to our bodies. Basing your food choices on the nourishment your body needs instead of the junk food that looks tasty is one strategy for making better choices.

Of course, it is not always easy to maintain a healthy diet. For example, many people don’t have the time or desire to cook at home. For others, natural or organic ingredients may be less available. It can also be difficult to consistently follow a balanced diet. When you consider all the macro and micro-nutrients your body needs on a daily basis, it’s not difficult to understand why many people may not receive the complete nutrition they need. In those instances, vitamins and natural supplements can be a great way to fill the gaps between your nutritional requirements and your nutritional intake.

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