You don’t need me to tell you that eating the right foods is good for your health.
Fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products are crucial for the growth of healthy bones and bodies.
Research is now telling us that creating a healthy eating plan for your children is good for their mental health too.
What is a healthy eating plan?
Eating healthy is simple in some ways, but difficult in others.
Children need well balanced meals each day so they grow and develop into healthy adults.
The amount of fresh and healthy foods they eat can also contribute to their moods.
Being sad and anxious can lead to depression, but this can be avoided by teaching children to use food to improve their mood.
What can you do?
Being a positive role model should be number 1 on your list.
If you eat well and exercise regularly your children will too.
You could also leave lots of fruit and fresh salad snacks like carrot sticks and apple slices in easy reach.
Have fresh water handy at all times, too.
That way children will learn to snack on the right kind of foods that help release hormones which improve feelings of joy and happiness.
And of course, limit or ban junk food altogether. Too much sugar, salt and fats will make your children feel unhealthy and sad.
This may increase feelings of depression as they get older.
Susan Day is the author of Astro is Down in the Dumps. This books gives children the skills they need to help them manage feelings of anxiety and sadness. Engaging full color images assist the text and support the important messages.
For more information about this great book click – Astro is Down in the Dumps