If you finish your lunch fast, you can get a big bowl of ice cream for dessert
We often reward our children with high fatty and sugary treats. We make sweets look more desirable than other healthy alternatives. Then, how do we justify it when our kids ask us for more chocolate, more ice cream, more cupcakes and more jalebis?
While we cannot always deny our children when they crave for something sweet, we need to find a balance between the two and use it as an opportunity to teach them about the importance of nutrition and moderation.
Here are a few tricks to curb the sweet tooth before it becomes an addiction.
Assess if your child is addicted to sugar
If your child is having a regular craving, is difficult to put to bed, experiences mood swings or has trouble concentrating, don’t shrug it off. They could be signs of sugar addiction and you need to find a way to curb it.
Lead by example
Be a good role model by making healthier choices and focusing on nutrition. Teach them the art of moderation by not completely restricting sweets as it might cause a big backlash and routinely giving sweets but in controlled portion sizes.
Plan family meals
With some help and a little planning, you can make family meals possible more often. Not only will it make meals healthier but also more fun together. Try to include all food groups. Get kids involved in planning, cooking, arranging and cleaning up. If the kids are craving muffins try making it at home with quality and wholesome ingredients.
Keep sugary drinks and snack away
If your child is having difficulty resisting the temptation, make your home sugar-free. Try replacing it with healthy snacks, fresh fruits and vegetable and fruit smoothies. Out of sight, out of mind!
Read labels carefully
Learn to read labels, as the most healthy alternatives available on the market today too are sugar traps. Health drink mixes, packaged juices, protein bars and snacks too are loaded with sugar. Studying the labels carefully can cut down on the
Let your child choose what to eat
First, imbibe healthy eating habits in your child and focus on overall nutrition. Then help him/her investigate labels. Slowly step away and let them make a conscious healthy decision. You are not only motivating him to be independent but also developing the mindset to eat healthy for life. In the process, you have taken a lot of burden off your shoulders.
Sugar and processed foods are silent dangers lurking around your children. The sooner you take control, teach your child and move to a healthy lifestyle, the better.