Good nutrition in kids.

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Good nutrition and a balanced diet help children grow up healthy. It does not matter if your child is a small child or a teenager, you can take the necessary steps to improve your nutrition and form good eating habits. The best way to stimulate the child to eat healthy is by setting the example. Children imitate the adults they see on a daily basis. If you eat fruits and vegetables, and consume less nutritious foods, you will be sending the right message. Another way to set a good example is by limiting portion sizes and avoiding overeating.

Talk about being satisfied, especially with young children. Say something like “this is delicious, but I am satisfied and I will not eat anymore”. Similarly, parents who are always on a diet or complaining about their bodies can encourage these same negative feelings in children. Try to maintain a positive attitude when it comes to food.

What is nutrition? Nutrition means getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations. Having nutrition knowledge and making smart choices about the foods you eat can and will help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime, and be a key to avoiding obesity, illness, and many of today’s most prevalent chronic diseases.

The four best strategies for children to have a good nutrition:

  • Establish a regular schedule for family meals.
  • Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
  • Give a good example by following a nutritious diet.
  • Avoid fights for food.

Consequences of not having a good nutrition: We all need to consume certain types of foods and nutrients that contribute to our physical and mental health. The nutritional imbalance, due to excess or lack of nutrients, affects our body in different ways, generating health disorders that can become serious. 

  • muscular weakness.
  • Iron deficiency.
  • Proteins, few or excess.

Nutrition is at work during our entire life-cycle, from infancy to adolescence, adulthood and in our senior years and can be the antidote for many of today’s common problems, such as stress, pollution, sexual vitality, and disease prevention. For me personally, nutrition translates into health, and health is freedom. Being healthy not only makes us feel great, it enables us to enjoy life to our fullest potential, and to follow our dreams. Conversely, a poor diet can have a serious impact on health, and rob you of your freedom.