Help Your Teens Develop Healthy Eating Habits
Teenagers need healthy eating habits to avoid developing destructive eating habits, whether its obesity, anorexia, or bulimia. Teenagers get lured into the comfort of food and overeat emotionally. Others don’t eat enough, becoming harmfully underweight. Some binge on junk food and then regurgitate before the food is digested to remain slim.
Promote Healthy Eating Habits
Television advertising contributes to poor eating habits with endless commercials for junk food. Help your teens develop healthy eating habits by keeping them away from the TV whenever possible.
The best solution is to serwww.healthy food at mealtime and get your teens involved in the preparation. Have them help you make casseroles and other dishes that include vegetables and tasty seasonings. Explain why you buy fresh foods instead of packaged items with additives and preservatives.
They can learn how to chop vegetables and fruits for creative salads. Have them make a pizza with a thin crust, fresh tomatoes, basil, oregano, and other fine herbs. They can add olives, cooked chicken or other meats and grate the cheese for the topping.
Help youngsters prepare a healthy lunch to take to school rather than eating cafeteria food.
Avoid Fast Foods
Fast food franchises target teens with their ads. No one needs the burgers, fries, and other fast meals that are long on calories and preservatives while short on nutritional value. Super-size portions are the worst contributors to obesity and indigestion.
Eat out at fast food restaurants where you know the food is made to order. Explore various ethnic cuisines that include fresh food without additives. Some restaurant menus explain the ingredients in their dishes.
Soft Drinks are Unhealthy
Most colas, root beer, and fruit-flavored water drinks are chemical cocktails of high sucrose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavorings, and colorings added to carbonated water. The diet varieties usually contain aspartame, another chemical that may be carcinogenic. Many teens consume two or more soda drinks a day.
Show teens how to add real fruit juice to sparkling water to make a naturally sweet and healthy drink. Encourage them to drink about 8 to 12 ounces of unsweetened fruit juice a day.
Don’t deprive your teens of occasional chips, snacks, and sweets. Teens need treats just like adults. Merely guide them toward healthier foods and shun the others consistently.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits
NYC Weightloss Solutions nutritionists work with parents and teenagers fighting obesity and other eating disorders. We are here to help you and your teenagers develop healthy eating habits for life. Call us today at (212) 759-8118 – or -click the icon below to schedule a free consultation.
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