Genetics are implicated in so many of the chronic and degenerative diseases that plague we humans. But could it be that other things we inherit from our parents could play just as much a role in the health we do or do not enjoy as our genes, themselves?
Most people inherit more than just their genes from their parents––we inherit many of the habits they have, too. And while genetics certainly play a role in disease, science continues to discover that lifestyle plays a vital role in health or lack thereof, too. Therefore, instilling healthy habits in your children is one of the most important roles a parent plays in their child’s life. That example certainly extends to the way you eat, as well.
Children can be notoriously difficult to instill good eating habits in. Many children can be picky or unwilling to try different foods. Different parents can navigate this in different ways, but there are a few things you can do to help instill good eating habits in your kids.
1. Lead by example.
2. Hide nutrition in unexpected places.
Learning how to cook foods that are both health and delicious can take time, but it is important––both for kids and adults––to realize that eating health does not mean eating in a tasteless or less delicious way. (For recipe ideas that are both delicious and nutritious, visit our book store and check out the cookbooks.)
3. Encourage healthy treats.
Regardless, everyone likes to have treats once in a while. For most people, that means something sweet. There are ways treat your kids without wrecking their diet. Avoid the processed, sugar-laden fare in favor of fruit or other Phase One–approved desserts. (Again, visit our bookstore for more ideas about how to whip up Phase One and Two treats!)
4. Don’t sweat the small stuff.