How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy – Featuring Jill Hawkins

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Are you tired of trying to get your kids to eat healthy? Is there a battle at the dinner table each night over eating healthy foods?

If you need some direction with getting your family to eat healthier (something we all know we should do, right?!), then meet Jill Hawkins. She’s a certified health and wellness coach and an expert in plant-based nutrition.

She is brilliant with helping families learn to eat healthy! Check out her website at www.hawkinswellness.com.

Not only is Jill one of the most encouraging and inspirational women I know, she’s also one of my best friends! I call her Merry Sunshine because she LOVES the sunshine, and she brings joy into every room and conversation.

Jill became interested in eating healthy after losing her mom to cancer. She discovered the influence of nutrition on health and sought out ways to improve the influencing factors we do have when it comes to our overall health and wellbeing. She’s been on a 30-year journey of healthy eating for her and her family.

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Help us understand the value of nutrition for the body and how we can make healthy habits.

  • Nutrients are the basis of the body.
  • We tend to want complex answers but they’re actually very simple.
  • You are what you eat, and the body regenerates itself every seven years.
  • It’s hard to change so give yourself time, grace, and patience in the change.
  • Every choice that you make has an impact in your body to make good cells.
  • Don’t try to stop eating something. Find a replacement food that is similar but healthier!
  • With healthy eating, you’re never in a “win/lose situation” but a “win/learn.”
  • Learn what affects your body negatively to motivate you to make better choices.
  • Parents are the ones to help their children see the affects food has on their bodies.
  • Be empowered to make the observations in your family, and have the confidence to make good choices.

What foods do they need to grow healthy bodies?

  • Eating healthy is basic and simple, not very sexy or complicated.
  • Eat mostly plants with a rainbow of color.
  • Every color in fruits and vegetables is a different nutrient that your body needs. Make it a goal to eat a wide variety each day.
  • Have your kids go to the store and pick out the colors of the rainbow they’d like to eat from the fruits and vegetables section.
  • Cooking with kids can be hard in the beginning, but it’s worth it in training them for the long-run.
  • Have your kids help you cook, especially if they are picky eaters.
  • Cooking food involves creativity, art, life-skill, science, and engineering, but it also has an effect on our physical bodies which teaches kids to take care of themselves.
  • Keep it basic; it doesn’t have to be a big ordeal.
  • Try implementing a different flavor or theme for different days of the week.
  • Spices make veggies taste better!

How do we get our kids interested in food that’s good for them?

  • Educate your kids on why foods are good for them. We have to convince them broccoli is good!
  • Get rid of processed foods in your home. It’s going to be uncomfortable because processed foods impact our brains in a negative way.
  • Keep only healthy food in the house.
  • Own the fact that you are the healthy mom.
  • Make changes one step at a time.

How do we get our children to desire/hunger for healthier foods?

  • It’s a life-long process of awareness of the effect of food on their bodies.
  • It’s about being along for the ride of the process of them making their own decisions.
  • Allow kids to make choices and feel the effects of their choices.
  • Parents have the biggest influences of healthy foods by what choices they initially provide.
  • Remember, you are the expert in your family.

Here are some questions for you to think about as you make health decisions.

1) What is important to you around health?
2) What season of life are you in?
3) What values do you and your husband share in your home?
4) How much energy do you want to give to this?
5) What is going well already, and how did that come to be?
6) What strengths do you bring to the table?

To learn more about Jill and her services, visit her at www.hawkinswellness.com, or book a one-on-one meeting with her to get yourself jumpstarted on healthy eating.

Other resources mentioned:

kidseatincolor.com
nutritionfacts.org

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Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician.

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