Small child

The 5 worst habits of parents

Nutrition is providing our body with ingredients necessary for the functioning of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins as well as macro- and microelements. Of course, food can give us a lot of pleasure, but we attribute to it a lot of "power" that it doesn't have. We make mistakes that in the long run can have consequences in the form of overweight or obesity. Here are 5 habits to exchange.

Running after a child with food

Even when the child is quite small, he is great at claiming a meal. This is not a problem even at night, when parents are interested in sleeping. This little man is very assertive about his needs. Over time, unfortunately, parents become convinced that the child's competence in this matter does not exist, as if he could not meet his basic need and retreated in his skills. Well, if the child is not hungry, he is not interested in food, for him for now the food is associated with physical hunger, not with emotions (as is often the case in adulthood). Let him decide if he is hungry or not.

Feeding for all family members "for mommy, for daddy, for grandma, for uncle Jacek, etc."

Can all these people eat alone? It is possible that such a question appears in your child's head when another portion of the soup reaches his mouth, even though by tilting his head he already let him know that he is full. When our toddler was a few months old baby, you didn't give him breasts to eat, when he just fell asleep tasty while sucking in your arms. It definitely means that the child knows perfectly well when it's full. How hungry is determined by the capacity of the jar, bottle, bowl or saucer, only the owner of the stomach, i.e. our child decides when his organ is full and the owner is full. Each spoon above is an unnecessary stretching of the stomach, unnecessary excess calories.

Overfeeding - barely a child will eat dinner, after an hour on a walk he gets crisps, biscuits, an apple, etc.

Regularity of meals is very important for health, the same applies to portion sizes. Since there are to be five meals a day, and everything that we provide to the body and what has kcal should be treated as a meal, a 3 hour break is the minimum time. Can not an hour walk after dinner without taking the juice (sometimes caloric puree) for this crunchy, wafers, biscuits, etc.? Water taken for a walk is the basis and really only a larger, several-hour trip should have a richer culinary setting.

Comforting with food

The son runs like crazy, falling over. Mom runs to him, wipes her tears and comforts "don't cry, here is the shop, we will buy ice cream" - familiar? Comforting children most often with sweets results in adults who are compulsively consuming emotions. In our brain, nerve connections are created, in which information is recorded: the sweet taste soothes pain and difficult emotions. In adult life this record often makes itself felt. We influence the fact that our child is free from this record. In a difficult situation for a child, the guardian's empathy, noticing and naming emotions that appear in the child, and hugging are enough.

Sugar above all

Breakfast - cereal
II breakfast - Likes
Lunch - rice with cream
Afternoon tea - Strawberry dish
Dinner - cereal

Possible menu for several years. Unfortunately, each meal, despite the fact that there are 5, contains large doses of white sugar or glucose-fructose syrup. NO, NO, NO, this is definitely not good nutrition. Even if only 2-3 meals coincide with this menu, it is not good.

Where are our grandparents' milk soups, whole wheat bread, legumes? Children don't know the taste of vegetables like zucchini, lentils, chickpeas, lamb's lettuce etc. They don't know barley, millet, semolina ...
It is us parents who often provide our children with meals constructed of simple carbohydrates in a hurry and comfort, which, according to the questions, have a negative impact on our bodies, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Let's choose the least processed food to give children what best.