Feeding children healthy food starts at a very early age. Healthy foods should appear in their bowls on the first day solid foods are introduced. For purposes of explanation, healthy foods are organic fruits and vegetables. Meats and dairy products other than breast milk come later.
The introduction to solid foods lays the groundwork for children’s future eating habits. Therefore, it is very important not to introduce young children to sugar, processed foods, and preservatives of any kind. Individual servings of a single piece of kitchen-cooked or crushed fruit or vegetable are highly recommended.
When parents introduce healthy food from a very early age, there will be little opposition to fruit and vegetables at the table, whether at home or at school. The healthy food given to children as they grow up bears the brunt of reprogramming their eating pallets. This causes relationship conflict as parents force children to eat nutritious foods.
This struggle finally manifests itself in the school cafeteria, as the children refuse to eat their vegetables when the cafeteria watchers instruct them. Many schoolchildren work away from the cafeteria table without eating their fruit or vegetables. They don’t taste their vegetables and fruits, most students want chips, cookies and ice cream, and they are the first thing to eat at cafe tables.
Even if kids love vegetables, that doesn’t guarantee they’ll eat them at school. There will be a time when academic pressures and social demands at school make students emotional eaters, meaning they don’t pay attention to what’s good for them, but what alleviates their distress. They will naturally reach for cookies, muffins, or marshmallows when they’re on the tray or lunchbox, and then eat their fruit and vegetables if time and interest allow.
The best way to combat the inappropriate choice of cafeteria food among children starts with allowing children to bring lunch to school. Taking lunch to school gives parents more control over what their kids eat. A brown bag lunch can consist of organic fruits and vegetables and very little sugar or salt, resulting in better eating habits. However, packing a lunch isn’t always possible, so parents expect the school to provide healthy food options. However, when there is no one to reinforce eating “peas”, healthy consumption is rated for emotional satisfaction. Read the discussion about school lunches to learn how best to get kids to eat healthy.
If you’ve had lunch at the elementary school cafeteria or any grade level, you’ll be observing the children’s eating habits. What eating habit? Exactly, retort, no eating habits. They eat what they want, when they want.