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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Teach Children About Healthy Eating

Do your children know where their food comes from? Do they know the names of healthy fruits and vegetables?

A great way to get them excited to eat nutritious food is give them healthy role models and help them take ownership of their food. I was just sent a great children's book for review, Green is Good, which is written by a mother/daughter duo. The little girl, Liv, is a great role model for kids, as she shares all the veggies she loves and how she is trying to teach her dog, Bowie, to love different veggies. She discovers that the best way to grow her favorite veggies is organically. This book is not only a fun read for the kids, it also opens up a dialogue between young children and their parents on modern living, farming, healthy eating and organic food.

Author and mother Elizabeth Gorcey has been creating her entire life - with paint, film (starred in Footloose, Teen Wolf, Max Headroom), and words. Her new book series is inspired by her daughter, Olivia, who as a three-year-old, began to spontaneously deliver wisdom and advice to anyone who was listening. Elizabeth dubbed her daughters musings as "Liv-Isms" and each book in the series is based on these everyday insights. Sometimes kids are the best teachers, and in encouraging her own daughter to embrace and use her authentic voice, Elizabeth realized how much adults can, and must, learn from the purity and honesty of a child's perspective. Pretty cute, right? I can definitely relate, since my four children teach me important lessons daily.

My kids were so excited to see another child doing what they love to do - grow and eat healthy food! In the world of kids, I find way too often that people treat them as little garbage cans - stuffing them full of junk food and whatever they think will make them smile. Artificial junk food is NOT healthy for their wonderful growing bodies. It is time we start making a difference in our children's lives.

What do you do to teach your children about healthy eating and promote it in your home?


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