One of the struggles of being a mom is making sure your kids eat right. We are what we eat, and food—especially brain food—is an important factor on what kind of a late-teen and adult they will be.
I spend a lot of time every week answering questions from incredible women, and often they don’t come to me until they are at their wits end, pulling their hair out from the frustration that comes with getting their kids to eat healthy. They usually go something like this: “Help! I can’t get my son/daughter to eat healthy no matter what I do, I feel like I’ve tried everything! What can I do to get them to eat healthier?”
With a teenage daughter myself, I know first-hand just how difficult it can be to get your kids “with the program” and eating healthy. In all of my books, especially Healing ADD, I spend a lot of time addressing kid issues. The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook, also has LOTS of kid info along with kid favorite recipes. Here are a few things that worked for me:
It’s a Process:
Don’t give up hope. My daughter pushed back pretty hard for a while, complained that we never had “normal” food at home and taunted me with junk, like colorful cupcakes and sugary drinks, when we were out. I remained committed to my values and my mission; I remembered how bad that junk made me feel, and was sure to remind her of that when she came to me 20 minutes later complaining about a stomach ache. Remember, your kids will end up a lot more like you than even they want to be, and if she sees that I feel so much better eating healthy, my hope is she’ll want to feel better too! I didn’t harass her (much), and remained the example in my home. Now at 13 years old, she eats healthier than ANY of her friends, and even most adults. She is wiser than I was in my 30’s- and it’s because SHE is choosing it, not because I’m shoving it down her throat.