When it comes to guiding our children to make healthy food choices and to have a healthy lifestyle, parents and professional homebased childcarers are key, they are, if you will, the gatekeepers and the ones that light the way towards a positive relationship with food and exercise.
All the information we consume, the blogs we read, the forums we dip in and out of, and our own experiences as an adult and child, all inform our thinking and our actions. So how do we begin to alter patterns and even learn to recognize alterations we need to make in our own eating behaviors, in order to foster a positive impact in the next generation?
I will be the first to shout out that I hanker after yellow food – chips, pasta, cake and pastry. I get an immediate satisfaction rush and it must show on my face (and hips). If we gravitate towards ‘bad’ food then we are likely to influence our children’s choices. If we don’t make the effort to get away from our computer screens and get out for a walk then it doesn’t not seem like a natural activity for our child to do, or think about doing.
The real test, so many tell us, is not when dealing with a pre-schooler but later when a parent has less control and a school child is heavily influenced by their peers. With that in mind, all the underpinning work we can do to help a child genuinely enjoy a wide variety of flavors, textures and cooking styles will stand us in good stead. That is not saying don’t eat cake, quite the contrary, it’s about understanding about portion size and how frequently. Denying something delicious is on a hiding to nowhere this is about when and when not, and why activity rather than sedentary behavior is the way forward.
Have you ever wondered why Instagram is awash with food art? Beautifully composed pictures of fresh produce? Clearly judging by the numbers of ‘likes’ and the instal-star cooks there is something in it, society is craving for something good, wholesome and untainted. Let’s bring this energy and creativity right into our shopping experiences with children on route one straight into our own kitchens and on to our family’s plates.
Join us at Riverside Cares on a foodie adventure. Throughout 2017 we will be featuring different cooks and creatives, in our newsletters, blog posts and on Instagram inspiring us to simply eat better and eat more wisely. They’ll be bringing their ideas into our own kitchen and on to our plates. We’d love to have you along for the adventure and all you will need to do is stay in touch via our mailing list http://riversidecares.wpengine.com/subscribe/ and follow us on Instagram
2017 is going to be a busy bee year so lets nail some dates now!
4th Feb: Creative workshop – Manga for Kids with Japanese artist Sonoko Obuchi
3rd 4th March: Childcare Expo Meet the team and post your webinar questions
8th March: Feed your Children Well Webinar with the team from Riverside Cares and Dr Emma Haycraft of the Child Feeding Guide more info via our newsletter
Activity Alert! Like Knitting? Love a great pattern? Planning to get outdoors and get fit? Keeping your head warm sure helps and everyone needs a beanie hat with a bobble. Watch out for our knitting competition launching soon which is perfect for beginners and the more accomplished, with super knitting kit prizes from the lovely Etsy Grand Prize winner Sincerely Louise.