How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

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If wading through all the conflicting information out there to decide how to feed yourself is hard, making that choice for your children is even more stressful.

You can pay attention to your body and how you feel when you make personal diet decisions. And if by chance you do make a mistake and your health suffers for it, you can handle that your own choices are to blame.

With your kids, though, there’s an added sense of a responsibility, and for me at least, much less tolerance for risk. Diet self-experiments might be fun for me, but when it comes to what my kids eat, I’m not interested in anything that hasn’t been proven.

In this episode of NMA Radio, I interview Karen Ranzi, raw food advocate and author of Creating Healthy Children, which T. Colin Campbell has endorsed as a “most important book … that is must reading.”

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • How I raise my kids as vegans
  • How to interest your kids in fresh fruits and vegetables
  • What parents can do to feel confident in the choice to feed their kids a vegan diet
  • How to deal with outside criticism about how you feed your family
  • Finding a supportive pediatrician
  • Should kids choose this diet, or should we choose it for them?
  • The philosophy of attachment parenting

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  1. I haven’t listened to this yet, but I’m about to and I just want to say that if anything you suggest manages to get my son to eat healthy, you will officially be my hero. My daughter is great and will eat almost anything we give her (she even ASKS for broccoli sometimes, can you believe it?) but my son… let’s just say he’s a frustrating case.

  2. This is awesome really awesome.. thanks…

  3. Never (and I mean never) ask your children to eat anything new! Settle for a taste. Or a touch. Or maybe even just a sniff. When it comes to teaching kids to enjoy new foods, pressure is your enemy. And—at least from our kid’s perspective—being expected to eat something they’ve never tasted before is a lot of pressure.

    The shift from eating to tasting may not seem like a big deal. Most parents think that’s what they’re doing when they say to their kids, “Just taste it, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it.” But if you hear this statement from your child’s perspective—“If you do like it, you will have to eat it”—it’s easier to see why some kids balk. Especially if you introduce new foods the way most parents do, by putting a big heap on the plate at dinner. What if your child doesn’t want to eat it, or even thinks he might not want to eat it? The safest course of action is to not even taste it.

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