I believe that children need to know how what they eat affects their bodies. It is only when they know how the food they eat affects their bodies, children are able to make better food decisions. The challenge however is, how do we educate the younger kids on what their body is telling them in simple context.
Here’s how we do it in our home. I am not a Doctor, I am just a mamma who is sharing how she’s educating her children on healthy bodies so this sponsored post is by no means medical advise. Please always consult your medical providers when in doubt. This original content post has been created for Molina Healthcare.
Teachings Kids about Healthy Bodies:
1) Know the color of your urine: My 7 year old and 4.5 year old both know that healthy urine is “yellow” and does not have a smell. If their pee starts looking orange and they haven’t been eating lots of carrots lately, they are most likely dehydrated and need to drink lots of water.
2) Did you poop today? This is the first question I ask my kids when either of them complains of a tummy ache. Over the years I have taught my kids that everyone and everything poops. If you are eating, you are pooping. They understand how what we eat can change the color of the stools. I joke with my 7 year old that when she was little she would eat a lot of blueberries, and her poop would be blue next day. The kids understand that you should poop once a day. Majority of the times, my kids poop as soon as they wake up. They know that if it hurts to poop, then they are not eating a balanced meal. I often notice that when my kids have one or two of these painful pooping incidents, they get back on the wagon on eating fiber, fruits and veggies.
3) Know the whole body and its parts. My kids are aware of the main organs in a body and functions of most of them. They also know that eating calcium makes stronger bones. They know that eating omega 3 food such as walnuts and fish is good for their brains.
I believe some of the above things I am doing with my kids is working because my 4.5 year old responded to the “What do you want to be when you grow up” question in his yearbook with a “ what my Dr is.. you know… a pedianutrition”. This was music to both mine and his Pediatrician’s ears.
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