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7 ways to protect your child from junk food

7 ways to protect your child from junk food

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A healthy child should eat well. It is obvious. However, how to care for the toddler's menu, if there are so many temptations around? Unhealthy snacks can be found everywhere: in shops, schools, kindergartens, at home, at a kinder party meeting, in a sandbox ...

After all, it is worth being consistent and disciplined, developing healthy habits that will protect the baby from the many dangerous effects of unhealthy nutrition. The following rules may help.

1) Read the labels ... from the beginning

Take care of the child's menu from the beginning. Preferably already pregnant. If the expectant mother has not taken care of her menu so far, it is worth doing it as soon as she learns about pregnancy. A toddler, who will be properly "fed" in utero, has a chance to eat healthier later, when he starts to eat solid meals alone.

A similar principle should also be introduced during breastfeeding, so that the toddler gets to know different flavors: healthy, wholesome dishes.

When it comes time to expand your diet, you need to be especially vigilant. First of all: let's read the labels, don't believe the producers blindly. Let's not buy desserts, sweet porridges, sweetened juices for the power ... Let's get to know the alternative: conscious feeding of children from the first days of life.

You can't raise a child by following a healthy diet if we prefer junk food ourselves. Let's not delude ourselves that a child will love vegetables, if during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and even in the first months of expanding the diet, the baby receives sweet snacks: according to the principle: it is important that the child eats anything ...

2) Don't buy junk food

Theoretically it's easy. Buying junk food gives the child the impression that the rules that apply in theory do not apply to practice. Even reaching for "junk food" from time to time is quite risky, there is a fear that low-value products will be permanently on the menu and with time there will be a lot more. On the other hand, this does not mean that when a child eats something from the "forbidden list" from time to time, it will grow into a binge-eating adult and hamburger. It is important to keep healthy proportions and not to eat unhealthy foods at times.

The lack of any highly processed dishes in the kitchen cabinet can in many cases prevent you from eating them. When you have to dress and go shopping or reach for the phone and order something home, there is a chance that the urge will pass and a valuable reflection will appear that will allow you to say "no".

3) Restrict television

All unhealthy snacks, sweets and fast food are strongly promoted on television. Children are an important audience. If we limit the impact of advertising, our little ones will not fall into the trap of subliminal specialists, and certainly at least reduce the strength of this information.