Eating the natural foods humans are well adapted at utilizing,
enhances ones ability to cope with the reality of every day life. Good
nutrition and a balanced diet will help your child grow up healthy.
Healthy eating is the time-tested advice of balance, variety and
moderation. Some bite-sized pieces to help you take lifetime of
healthier eating. When shopping for food, remember that grocery stores
are primarily laid out with the most healthy and nutritious foods
located around the perimeter of the store. A good rule of thumb is to
try and eat food that is as close to its "natural" state as possible.
For example, steamed red potatoes are much healthier (and less
expensive) than a pre-packaged "Potato Au Gratin" side dish. Eat a
variety of nutrient-rich foods. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits
and vegetables. Choose whole-grain breads and cereals so your child
gets more fiber. Limit fat intake by avoiding deep-fried foods and
choosing healthier cooking methods, such as broiling, grilling,
roasting, and steaming. Eat moderate portions. If you keep portion
sizes reasonable, it''s easier to eat the foods you want and stay
healthy. Choosing skim or low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat
such as flank steak and beef round can reduce fat intake significantly.
Limit fast food and other low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy.
Limit sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks. Minimize
or eliminate consumption of foods frequently contaminated with fungi
and mycotoxins: alcoholic beverages, wheat, rye, barley, corn, peanuts,
dried fruits and (even slightly) damaged fresh fruits. Encourage your
children to eat slowly. A child can detect hunger and fullness better
when eating slowly. Discourage eating meals or snacks while watching
TV. Try to eat only in designated areas of your home, such as the
dining room or kitchen. Select foods based on your total eating
patterns. When preparing food, always wash your hands, fresh fruits and
vegetables, food containers, clean counters and utensils. When storing
foods use clean containers, refrigerate foods, and never return partly
used food to a container.