Raising “Real Food” Eaters Series

 - by Tanya

As parents we are always concerned about our children and whether or not they are eating enough.  We should be more concerned with the quality of the foods they consume rather than the amount.  What steps can we take to to raise real food eater’s vs. fake food eaters.  Most Americans eat a diet of highly processed foods,  it is estimated that a regular household eats at least 90% fake food and doesn’t even know it.  They may be under the false impression that what they are eating is  “fresh” and “natural” because the glossy label on the well crafted box tells them so.   In the past three years we have seen increased concern in our diminishing health and the obvious link to common preventable diseases and what we eat.   Even worse are the alarming statistics about the childhood obesity epidemic and concern that future generations may have a shorter lifespan than previous generations. Yes, the statistics are alarming but by adopting healthier behaviors we can accomplish amazing results.  It all begins with the simple commitment to consume more fruits and vegetable and limit our intake of highly processed foods from our daily diets.

What is “real food”?
Real food is a term that relates to fresh, natural foods choices that are minimally processed and that are close to their source. No preservatives, no artificial dyes, no chemicals.

Raising “real food” eaters is a family affair that begins with you as a parent.  You are the role model and if you want your children to adopt healthy eating you have to show them by example.  Remember that actions speak louder than words. You are trying to teach your child to enjoy eating veggies. Are you enjoying them too? Always set a good example of what you want your kids to follow.

As part of this series I will share with you easy ways to encourage healthier eating.