Healthy Lifestyle Habits To Inculcate In Your Child
As lifetime habits develop during the formative years of a child, it is important to guide them towards a healthy lifestyle at this age. Hence, here are a few tips to strengthen the foundation of your child’s health.
Restrict Junk Food And Eating From Outside To Once A Week
When consumed frequently, junk food and outside food may cause obesity, hypertension and type Il diabetes from an early age.
Main Meals Are A Must (Especially Breakfast)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it gives your child energy, improves concentration, keeps them happy and reduces junk food cravings. Also, having a balanced diet for the main meals helps in your child’s growth and development.
Include Two-Four Servings Of Fruits
Stock up less of junk food and keep a bowl of fruit handy daily, at the table to make your child go for the better option. Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Kiwis and citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C which aids iron absorption and boosts immunity. Also, having a banana before playing will keep them energetic. Papaya cleanses the stomach. Fruit salads and sundaes are interesting ways to add more fruits to your child’s diet.
Encourage Healthy Snacking And Adequate Consumption Of Water
Water keeps the body hydrated and reduces junk food cravings. Consuming six-eight glasses of water daily can hydrate the body and keep diseases away. Healthy snacking keeps your child energetic, improves concentration and is a good way to include all food groups into your child’s diet. A handful of nuts, fruits, milkshakes, yogurts, sprout chaat, whole wheat rolls are some examples of healthy snacking.
Discourage Fussy Eating
Involve your children with food. Give them a chance to select fruits and vegetables. Encourage them to help you with easy tasks in the kitchen like making salads, milkshakes, etc. Asking your child what they feel like eating and praising them when they eat healthy food, is a brilliant way to tackle fussy eaters.
Ensure Daily Physical Activity
Playing is a child’s learning ground. It inculcates discipline and helps your child socialize. It also strengthens the heart, improves blood circulation, concentration, boosts growth and strengthens the muscles and bones. So, an hour of physical activity is a must!
Explaining the benefits of these healthy habits and also following it, is the best way to Inculcate these habits in your children.