Many parents describe their kids as “picky eaters” describe that getting them to try new foods is like “pulling teeth.” Some parents often give up trying and it is back to mac n cheese and chicken nuggets. So, why are some kids so picky and how can we help?
One of the most common myths that we encounter at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic is that thin, small people need to eat differently than their heavier siblings or family members. Many people believe that thin people can and need to eat unhealthy to maintain their weight, whereas heavier people need to eat only healthful foods to maintain their weight. This mindset only leads to conflict at the dinner table.
The New Year brings a fresh opportunity to look at old habits. To kick off the new year, consider making one or two resolutions as a family. Most families know what they do well, as well as which habits will only nag their health long-term. If nothing comes to mind, consider the following popular resolutions:
- Build a healthy breakfast with a lean protein and long-lasting source of energy.
- Focus on health and habits, not on weight, this year.
- Make time to be active every day.
- Clean out the cabinets and start the New Year with a healthy plethora of food in the cupboards.
Athletes that play sports are sure to have all the equipment they need, like a stick and a puck for hockey, cleats and shoulder pads for football, and running shoes for track and field. An athlete would not show up to practice or a game without their gear because they wouldn’t be prepared to play. Athletes also need to prepare their body for the game on the inside with good nutrition. Read more
Today people of all ages are bombarded with messaging about food, fitness and health. This includes America’s youngest citizens- children. Add on the complexity of toddlerhood and parents face several challenges to raise a healthy eater.
Feeding a toddler is much different than feeding a young infant for several reasons: