“Applying the Baron Method to everyday life is a matter of keeping this principle in mind when choosing food. It is about finding better alternatives for food that is highly nutritious and does not contain any additives, preservatives, and chemicals,” explains Baron.
“It is not always easy to feed a child. Therefore, it is common for parents to give in to whatever the child wants to eat in fear that they will not eat at all otherwise,” she further explains.
Examples of go-to snacks when we’re in a rush are: canned food, instant noodles, fast food, junk food, cookies and candies.
“The problem is that these food choices make children prone to diseases even if only given occasionally because it does not in any way support their immune system. Those types of food destroy the gut microbiota, a cause for concern since as children, their digestive and immune systems are still developing,” says Baron.
So where can parents start to make healthier choices?
- Avoid refined sugars, like the ones found in products with glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, lactose, molasses, honey, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, cane crystals and corn sweetener
- Steer clear of hydrogenated oils, sodium nitrates, artificial colorings and sweeteners.
- Aside from their lack of nutritional value, they can cause and/or aggravate mental disabilities, neurological disorders, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease among many other diseases.
This habit of checking the label will also benefit the parents, making them more nutritionally aware. In turn, they can care for their kids better.
When the children are in good health, it help them to think clearly, grow and develop more optimally and battle diseases.
Not All Processed Foods Are Bad
As we stated in a past article, not all processed foods are necessarily bad for us. Though fresh food, with its nutrients and enzymes are truly ideal, there are better alternatives if you’re looking for healthy processed meals.
“Look for the organic seal by the USDA, European Union, Australia, Japan, Germany, France and Canada. These organic seals guarantee that ingredients have minimal to no chemicals added in, whether as an ingredient or in its production,” says Baron.
However, it’s important to remember that just because a food is organic, it doesn’t mean it will help protect your family against diseases in the long run. It’s still safe to serve organic meals in moderation.
Some of us fall into the trap of thinking that children can afford to eat unhealthy because they are still young. But healthy eating habits should be encouraged as early as possible. If they never develop a taste for unhealthy meals, they will not grow up craving it.
Want to raise a healthy eater?
The best way to cultivate healthy eating habits in your kids is to be a good role model. Kids pick up, and enjoy learning, good habits through following your example.
“Never underestimate your child’s ability to comprehend,” encourages Baron. “By explaining why certain food items are not good for them and how certain foods are good, you can slowly train them to choose better food.”
What methods do you use to raise healthy eaters? Let us know in the comments below.
Also READ: 20 Kiddie nutrition tips for a balanced diet!