Time to Eat: Strategies to Create Fun and Healthy Eating Habits for Children

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Time to Eat: Strategies to Create Fun and Healthy Eating Habits for Children

  1. 1. Time to Eat! Strategies to Create Fun and Healthy Eating Habits for Children Camille DeYoung November 2, 2013
  2. 2. Loving Food from an Early Age Liam (almost 3 years old) Mikal (7 months old)
  3. 3. The Secret to Feeding a Healthy Family is . . . . . . to love good food, trust yourself, and share that love and trust with your child. When joy goes out of eating, nutrition suffers. Ellyn Satter
  4. 4. Self-Regulation • We are born knowing how to selfregulate • Focus on how your child feeds, and how she or he behaves at mealtime, and try
  5. 5. Joy with Food &Quality Mealtime • Give her experience with a variety of food. • Let her eat as little or as much as she wants (within reason). • Show her how to behave at the table - and how not to.
  6. 6. Your child is a “competent” eater when he or she. . . • Feels good about eating. • Enjoys meals and behaves nicely at mealtime. • Picks and chooses from food you make available. • Eats as much or as little as he or she needs.
  7. 7. Dividing the Responsibilities Parents Decide (Control) • WHAT • WHERE • WHEN
  8. 8. Dividing the Responsibilities Children Decide (Control) • IF THEY WILL EAT • HOW MUCH
  9. 9. Parents as Role Models • Food-related activities together – Everyone tries new foods—parents model how – Farmers markets and grocery store adventures! – Pumpkin patch and seasonal excursions
  10. 10. Eating as a Family Activity • Family Meals –Involvement in preparation of the meal –Setting the table together –Theme nights
  11. 11. Mealtime as an Experience • • • • Planning ahead Sitting down together Focusing on one another Exploring & describing how food tastes
  12. 12. Some Thoughts on Snacks &Sweets . . . • Food is never a reward or a punishment • Sitting to snack • Snack, especially for the older child, is his or her time to have control • “Forbidden Foods” and “Dessert”
  13. 13. Groups/Breakout & Roundtable Discussion • Ideas of what works well for your family • What challenges do you face? • What solutions do you have for the struggles that arise with food & your child or children?
  14. 14. Handouts & Further Exploration • Healthy Snack Suggestions (handout) • Breakfast & Snack Ideas (handout) • Recipes (handout) – Popeye’s Secret NW Smoothie – Easy Tzatziki – White Bean Ranch Dip or Dressing • Ellyn Satter website: www.ellynsatterinstitute.org

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