Feeding is not the same as eating, and healthy eating may not be responsible. That is why we dedicate this article to these concepts, healthy and responsible eating, because our children’s first school is us. As mothers we must transmit values and example of healthy eating, from a healthy point of view, and also responsible with the environment.
Today is World Food Day, this is such an essential concept, which is framed within Human Rightsand is part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Educate in a healthy and responsible diet
Healthy habits are learned, we are always in time to correct the most undesirable ones. It is important that at home, from young children are accustomed to a healthy eating environment, in which food contributes to the development of children. When in childhood good eating habits are adopted, in adult life you have a healthier lifestyle. Health problems are prevented.
In the opposite sense a poorly fed child will have problems with physical growth, but also learning and, surely, behavioral problems. A poorly fed child is not only the one with food deficit, childhood obesity is also a symptom of poor diet. 19% of Spanish children are obese, and the child population with overweight problems has tripled in the last 15 years.
Teaching how to eat properly, choose foods with high nutritional capabilities, and taking into account our closest environment, so that it is done in a responsible way, is not an easy task.
How to educate on a healthy diet
The message of having a varied and balanced diet should be conveyed to children. This only gets if we at home have a variety of food at home. We can also teach our children pyramids or nutritional wheels to help them know whether or not they are meeting what the pyramid recommends. The supermarket can serve us to experiment and choose the healthiest foods. Let your children accompany you in these decisions.
When serving food, be aware of the proportions. The portion for a child is not the same as that of an adult. Try to include different flavors, colors, textures and consistencies in the dishes, in order to stimulate children’s desire to eat. They will also feel more motivated to eat if they have participated in the process.
Beyond food, healthy habits must be encouraged in children during the meal. It is important to eat slowly and calmly. Eating with enough time, being aware of the importance and value of food is essential. If you can’t enjoy this time every day, at least make it special on the days you can, so your children will understand its value.
Educating in responsibility
As we said eating healthy, it’s not exactly the same as eating responsibly. This implies a further step of responsibility to the environment. To do this we give you a series of guidelines that you can include in your child’s feeding. For example:
- Food should not be a prize, nor a punishment.
- Eat seasonal food and if they are close much better. On the one hand you will be fostering the economy of your environment, and on the other, bringing less pollution to the planet, by saving transport.
- If you go out for lunch, take what’s left over, as my mother would say, “It’s yours, you paid it,” and you also keep me from going to the trash can. In this regard, at home, pamper it, reuse food, do not discard fruits, or vegetables that do not look good.
- If you can, buy products from fair trade, these guarantee the practice of gender equality, do not use child labor, the establishment of equitable wages, and if these foods come from other countries is an opportunity to better know their culture with your children.