Are you struggling to get your kids to eat healthy foods? Dr. Joel Fuhrman has one rule for dispensing with the battle altogether.
“Only permit healthy food in the home,” the family physician writes in his book Disease-Proof Your Child “Children will eat whatever is available.”
As a father of four, Dr. Fuhrman peppers the book with insights from his own family life and stories from the lives of his younger patients.
While counseling his patients, he’s learned quite a few things. One of the most important, he notes, is that:
“… the focus is never solely on the ill child… The critical first step is for the entire family to make a recovery from their less than optimal diet style.”
In other words, healthy eating requires a family commitment!
Speaking from personal experience, I remember when my parents began eating healthier foods. As a hungry teenager, I would scour the refrigerator, freezer and cupboards in search of my favorite snacks.
But after I’d settled for an apple or carrot often enough, my food cravings changed — and I began eating healthy foods by choice!
Now, as a father, I’m trying to make similar decisions for my own family’s health. Disease-Proof Your Child has helped me tremendously in understanding the importance of what goes in my grocery cart.
After all, the foods I choose for them will decide both how healthy my kids are now — and what will taste good to them for the rest of their lives!