(NaturalNews) Children's dislike of healthy foods may pose a serious threat to their future. Parents, especially health-conscious parents, knowing that they are the greatest influences on their children's habits, can feel pressured to correctly instill healthy eating patterns.
If you want to help your children grow up enjoying eating natural and healthy, you'll want discover the reasons children become resistant to eating healthy; the effects of praising and disapproving statements; how to be the example for your children; the influence of advertising on children; and, of course, how to make a green smoothie and other healthy, nutritious foods that children will love.
Children are facing an unhealthy media environment
According to Fast Food F.A.C.T.S. (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score), the fast food industry spent more than $4.2 billion dollars on TV advertising and other media in 2009. As a result, kids see an average of 19 to to 33 fast-food advertisements every week of their lives. Children viewed 34 percent more fast food ads per day in 2009 than in 2003.
In addition, marketers are using psychologically advanced techniques, researching how to hook kids' minds by putting cameras on kids' heads as they play in stores, hold food packages, and develop speaking patterns.
However, parents are standing up and developing methods to encourage healthy eating, too.
Would you stand up for your child against a bully? Then advocate healthy eating.
In this media environment, a parent or guardian would be well justified in taking parental pride in how they promote their children's healthy eating. When a parent stands up for their children's healthy eating, they are, in every way, standing up for their child against a very large and belligerent bully.
For this reason, the tutorial video "Helping Children Eat Healthier" is particularly compelling. For the first time, Valya Boutenko shares her inside information on how it is that children actually choose to eat healthy.
How does Valya Boutenko know? After being raised as a child in the world-famous "Raw Family," Valya developed her own healthy eating values and choices. Who better than her can teach us how to help children take on healthy eating as their own priority? You can view the preview video to "Helping Children Eat Healthier" here.
An important job can also be a great joy
If our kids today lose their grasp on why it is important to eat healthy, then 20 years in the future, it's a scary thought, but who will be left to keep passing on the practice of eating healthy in the home?
Yet, even with all the advertising dollars, parents and guardians are still poised to claim their power to overcome the the marketers' hooks.
This may sound like it has to be hard, but it does not have to be.
The child's-eye view
Children respond to fun advertisements with innocent enthusiasm. When they receive the signal from an adult that their innocent responses are wrong - even if you did not mean to make them wrong - you can start to become the "enemy." Your child could then develop resistances to your input.
But you can stop the struggle over who's right and wrong! It keeps children's hearts open when they are allowed to say what they feel and be heard. In "Helping Children Eat Healthier," you will learn how to let kids discover and tell you why healthy eating is important!
In "Helping Children Eat Healthier, you will learn:
How to inspire your children to want to become healthier. It is not true that children don't want to be healthy. Everyone wants to be strong, smart, and full of energy for having more fun!
What children are protecting themselves from when they say they don't like healthy food.
Why it is a healthy sign when children show they have a will of their own.
How to help a willful child make the healthy choice for themselves.
How to help our children make decisions that are motivated by their own personal values.
Stop moving towards a path of anger and defiance, and rather embrace the power of love and reason in the delicate relationship between child and parent.
Helping your children understand why it is so important to make healthy eating choices can even be done without even mentioning eating! In this special, NaturalNews-only offer of "Helping Children Eat Healthier," you will also get to download 4 Kid-Friendly Green Smoothies, the brilliantly photographed e-book with tried-and-trusted recipes, included for free!
2) Boutenko, Victoria, Igor, Valya, and Sergei: Raw Family, Raw Family Publishing, 2004.
3) Boutenko, Valya: 4 Kid-Friendly Green Smoothies, Raw Family Publishing, 2012.
About the author: Michael Bedar MA, BS, is a researcher, writer, and holistic wellness counselor. He is the associate producer with a founding role in the documentary, "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" and is the writer-director of "EcoParque." He now distributes approximately 50 film, ebook, and audio titles through YoelMedia.com. He manages a holistic health practice, facilitates local and online natural wellness and spiritual growth programs, and juices regularly. He helps people live in healthy homes, support their natural fertility, encourage their optimal nutrition, and come into their full presence. He is the Co-Director of Tree of Life - Bay Area, and he has an MA in Live-Food and Spiritual Nutrition from the Cousens School of Holistic Wellness. Bedar's BS from UCSD is an interdisciplinary concentration of Environmental Chemistry, Law and Society, and Design Anthropology.