Sometimes I like to be helpful. Sometimes I think I should be, you know, a bit informative.
So, with that in mind, I asked for feedback from some lovely parentals about how they get their kids in to healthy eating. I even made a survey! I know, my technical wizardry knows no bounds. Throw me a parade.
The thing is, I want to help parents who are really struggling with getting their kids to eat healthily, by passing on infoid from those in the know. The parents getting the results.
I’ve put together this three part series about getting your kids in to healthy eating, so that if you already have kids or want to make some babies (not with me, I’m busy) or you are indeed just a big child, then you know what to do to help get them/you to eat a bit better.
Now, before we begin and I get accused of being a satanist, I’m not suggesting for one minute you make your kids raw foodists. What I am suggesting is that by giving them a good start with the right nutrition, they’re more likely to grow up to be warrior superheroes, who can build palatial homes with orchards for you in your old age. That’s some awesome forward planning, right?
Starting off part 1 is a guest blog from Kelli Bailey. Kelli is all about Growing Healthy Kids and has four children from the ages of 4-13. She works with parents to help them radically upgrade their childrens’ diets and has created a guide parents can use to better understand the decisions their children make around food, “Why Do They Eat That Way?”
Kelli is going to kick off with the first two parts followed by the final part of this series which will be a breakdown of all the information from the magic survey. Pretty neat, huh? Big up to all the lovely folk who participated.
Let the expert do the talking…
To feed or not to feed, that is the question...
Wait, wrong line!
To force-feed, or not to force-feed, THAT is the question!
And so the age-old challenge begins with a new generation. Will we handle it the way our parents and grandparents did?
Do any of the following sound familiar to you:
This is what’s for dinner, so you better like it!
You’ll eat what everyone else is eating; I’m not a short-order cook!
Clean your plate so you can have dessert.
Finish your veggies before you get seconds on anything else.
You can’t have _____ until you eat _____.
If you answered “no,” then this article may not apply to you. Go ahead and skip it. You are the fortunate minority who I’m sure is feeding your children perfectly healthy food which they are eagerly accepting with a smile and even begging for more.
If you answered “yes,” then please come along with me while I share some ideas and poke your thoughts a little bit.
Sure, we want our children to make the same healthy choices we ourselves are making right now. And we want it to be painless. And immediate. And permanent. Uh-oh, wait a minute…we are talking about kids, aren’t we?
So you have found the holy grail of raw foods. The perfect way of eating which has brought you radiant skin, perfect weight, the energy of a child and laser focus. Now that focus is on getting your kids to want to eat the same way.
Well, as my mentor Karen Knowler says, “It’s not just about the food.” It’s about much more, and after you’ve made the decision to eat more raw foods, a whole host of other issues tend to come up which force you to examine other areas of your life. Almost in contrast to the lightness you feel on the raw food diet, the heaviness in other areas of your life begins to weigh you down.
And in a way, this applies also to your child. For him, it’s about much more than whether he likes the taste of the food or if it’s presented attractively. It’s about his relationship to you! Does he feel pushed or supported? Does he feel forced or free to make his own choices? Does he really understand why you want him to eat more raw/healthy foods, and does he respect your wishes or does he push back because he feels disrespected by you?
To be continued in Part 2
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/