Ideas to Get Your
Child to Form
Healthy Habits

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Ideas to get your child to eat better

Did you know that it can take more than 66 days to form a habit? Create a plan that includes incentives and education to get your voice heard and make it last. Here are some ideas to get you started. Tailor a plan according to your particular parenting style and beliefs. Use whatever fits, ignore what doesn't and add your own. Need more info? Read our article "How to Get Your Children to Sleep, Eat Better, Do Homework Faster & More".

Ways you can incentivize productive decision making:
Verbally praise and/or reward them if they make an effort to try something new.
Verbally praise and/or reward them if they choose the healthier choice between two options.
Verbally praise and/or reward them if they finish the healthy foods before them.
Set an example by eating the way you would want them to eat.
Keep a variety of fruits and healthy snacks where they can reach them throughout the day.
Add fun dips such as peanut butter, yogurt, honey, sour cream and hummus to encourage them to eat healthy or try new things.
Create a plan to change their palate over time.
Allow them to roll-over unused Candy Dollars into money that can be used for toys or activities.
Ways you can keep them accountable and on track:
Allow them a budget of one candy dollar a day to allow for snacks in the right balance.
Create learning opportunities where one option costs a dollar and a similar healthier option is free. For example: Cheerios with Honey vs. Fruit Loops.
Extend rules for candy dollars such as, they can only be spent IF they have eaten sufficiently beforehand.
Make them spend their own dollars if they want items from the impulse aisle at the store.
Ways you can educate them for long-term intrinsic reasoning:
Let them watch educational children's videos. It provides social proof that supports what you're saying and can hold their attention.
Teach them about the food pyramid.
Show them images of how much sugar is in everyday foods.
Teach them that junk food is fine as long as it is within balance.
Teach them that there is a limited time for growth.
Teach them that eating certain foods can help them grow taller.
Teach them that malnutrition can stunt growth.
Teach them how sugar makes your body crave more sugar.
Teach them sugar can hijack your brain and make you become addicted. You can't trust your own thoughts.
Teach them how sugar can make your body feel tired and cranky (by inhibiting the brain chemical,  Orexin).
Teach them how sugar can make it hard to concentrate.
Teach them that fiber helps you poop better and prevent constipation. 💩
Teach them that they'll crave junk food less if they eat better.
Teach them that healthy foods can help you feel full longer.
Teach them that over time, poor eating habits can lead to obesity and other health problems.
Teach them that it can take a long time to change their palate.
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When it happens...

verbally acknowledge, give expectations, educate, and write it down.

Look for Opportunities

Whenever the opportunity arises to educate around this topic, do so.

Repeat at Allowance

At allowance time, review, incentivize and repeat your messaging again.

Remember, habit change takes a long time so be patient!
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