Manage another person’s eating habits is a tough task. Eating is very personal. This means exerting control over another person’s eating habits may seem very intrusive. There are cases where dealing with eating habits of another person is needed. Young children need guidance eating their. People with certain health conditions also may need some encouragement to change their eating habits. Managing this without harming the dignity of the other person’s goal. Here are some things to remember.
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Remember that you can not actually control what another person eats . . . You can only make suggestions provide healthy food and set a healthy eating habit as
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never grudge another person about their eating habits. Permanent changes in eating habits come from intrinsic motivation. Tough talk about eating habits usually works only when a person voluntarily seeking counseling. When advice is sought offer professional help from a nutritionist or doctor is an excellent idea.
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Provide healthy food and make unhealthy foods less available. Establishing the habit of eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day can only happen if fruits and vegetables are handy so they are. For bread and cereals retaining only whole grains on hand; Eliminate refined flour products. Once again the healthier option while less healthy option more difficult to get will help change your eating habits. Take a similar approach to meat poultry and fish replace all fried or fatty protein sources with baked grilled boiled or steamed choice.
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Keep a variety of healthy snacks available. Easy to munch vegetables are good to satisfy the need to eat something crunch. Fruit is good to satisfy your craving for sweets. Pre-measured treats with a known number of calories such as 100 calories snack packs are good for occasional splurges.
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Set a good eating habit example. Perhaps the greatest control you have over the eating habits of the people that you live with is through your own eating habits. Show that you are committed to healthy eating habits through your own healthy food choices.
For children do not give food you do not want them to eat. Because you actually have great control over the children’s daily activities you can limit the availability of unhealthy foods. Finally they must provide for healthy eating. Again remember the example you set and remember to mind your own eating habits.
Establish at least one family meal time every day. Eating together as a family provides a good time to demonstrate healthy eating habits. Eating together also helps to associate healthy eating with pleasant socializing.
Tips and Warnings
Remember that eating is supposed to be pleasurable. If a favorite food must be eliminated find another healthier treat to take its place.
Avoid self-righteous attitude about healthy eating habits. This is annoying and counterproductive.
Avoid equating unhealthy with moral failing. Eating habits are based on many complex factors but so far weak character has not been identified as one of them.