Healthy Diet for Children with Loren Lockman

Healthy Diet for Children with Loren Lockman


I’m Loren Lockman,
from the Tanglewood Wellness Center I got a question today about feeding children.
Needless to say many parents find dealing with feeding children in a healthy way a difficult task,
and may ever much more difficult to be aware of advertisements advertising all kinds of junk food
to children, with a peer preassure to kids and other friends to have all kinds of garbage It’s interesting to me to have many times here
people saying, by clients who tells me that their children won’t eat certain things,
that is to say, they won’t eat healthy, they’re not willing to eat fruit,
they’re not willing to eat salad And, of course, any adult with children knows
they’re changing quite a bit. I was talking with a client this morning who has children of
14 and 17. And 14 and 17 it’s a little bit hard to do anything, they’ve a pretty mobile, they’re gonna
do whatever they choose to, they’ve probably way to access to money, they’re gonna eat
what they want to eat You can positively influence them, an ideal situation
would be educating your children from earlier stages possible but if you’re seated here with
children right now, wherever is they are, you want to sit down and have an honest
conversation with them And I’ve found that many clients had the experience
of talking even to a child that is 2 years old, and 2 years old is enough to understand simple
language like: “honey, mommy loves you, and so from now on we’re only going to have…”
fill in the blank, or “we’re not going to have this… because mommy loves you and want you to
be healthy” any child can understand that. I’ve met very few, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 years old that
do grocery shopping. So I would say many people say to me: “Well I’m not forcing some on children”,
I remind you that although obviously there are rules, parents are to guide children until they get to the
point to think by their own intelligence and
poor choices But when a child is 3,4, 5, 10 even 15 years old,
they’re not necessarily informed, mature or responsible enough to make that
choices on their own. As a parent, I do actually have a responsability to
be directive with this guy, I mean, they may be choosing whatever they want, a 15 years old,
for instance, more than a 3 years old, but you can still do your best job possible, educate them and
explain to them, and most importantly, to model for them Now, the issue here is that when a child is at a
certain age, a child is 3 or 4 years old, they will optimally want what mommy and daddy are having.
And so modeling is a really powerful positive and beneficial technique.
When a child is 12, 13 or 14 they more often will want to do the opposite of what mommy and daddy
are doing, and so, modeling is maybe less powerful, but this is a game where ideally we give the
children this excellent guidance from
the earliest stage possible. And that’s the way it would be to only have those
things in the house that you want your children to eat. So, you’re never saying: “you can’t have that”.
If there is something they shouldn’t be eating, why would it be in your house anyway? right?
I believe in letting children choose, but in letting them choose from those things that are actually
healthy for them. So, if the kid wants a snack, you say: “Sure honey, would you like an
apple or a banana?”, your choice, right? But I wouldn’t say: “would you like an
apple or a bug of fritos?”, right? because fritos is garbage, is toxic, is garbage,
is crap, it’s gonna make your kid sick until you sack that out of the body it’s gonna
get them full with all kinds of toxic stuff You can’t control what your child is going to do
in every situation but you can control what happens in your household So if you’re setting an example, and you’re being
a good role model, and you’re having honest conversations with your children, I think you’re
gonna find that that you’re gonna help them and you’re gonna guide them in such a way
that even though they may be purposely rebel at times and do things only because you don’t
want them to, you’re gonna set a great foundation until you wind up they are coming back to over
and over again. And there’s a research statement that proves what a difference this makes and how
much difference a child does makes. In a school of the district of California,
they took all the penny machines out of the school and they saw deliquency and all kinds
of problems in the school dissapear and dramatically reduced, because these children no longer were
running around all day hucked up on sugar and cafein, not to mention all the chemicals and all the processed
garbage that children meet. But by just getting the cafein and sugar out of the school made
an enormous difference. And so, you can make an enormous difference with
your child, or with your children by guiding them in this way, and by remember that you have the
responsability to help them make the choices until they’re old enough to be able to
make them on their own. So don’t get a child away from that.
I think too many adults, too many parents they want to be their child’s best friend and forget
that that’s fine as long as it does influenced by the job of guiding the children into adulthood
in a way that it’s healthy and sustainable, that actually is gonna help them to create the
future they want for themselves and you want
for your children