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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 12:35 PM

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A healthy diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent obesity and weight-related diseases, such as diabetes. 
To give your child a nutritious diet: 
• Make half of what is on your child’s plate fruits and vegetables 
• Choose healthy sources of protein, such as lean meat, nuts, and eggs
• Serve whole-grain breads and cereals because they are high in fiber
• Reduced refine grains 
• Broil, grill, or steam foods instead of frying them
• Limit fast food and junk food 
• Offer water or whole milk instead of sugary fruit drinks or sodas 
• Learn about your children’s nutrient requirements. Some of them, such as the requirement for iron and calcium, change as your child ages. 
• Introduce changes on a gradient – Don’t change everything overnight (there is good, better, and best food choices so move in that direction on a gradient) 
• And last but not least, encourage your children to participate in outdoor activities. Reduce the use of TV and video games. 
Weston A Price Foundation 
Check out westonaprice.org: 
 The foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research, and activism. 
 It supports several movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies.
 Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants. 
Why Organic? 
• Organic food contains less, if any, pesticides. 
• More than 400 chemicals are routinely used in conventional farming and residues remain on non-organic food even after washing. 
• Children are especially vulnerable to this consistent chemical exposure. Endocrine disruptors in particular, may be responsible for early puberty and even breast cancer. 
• Pesticides are also linked to asthma and cancer. 
Buying Whole Foods: 
Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s & Sprouts -
By grocery shopping at the above stores, you will be buying foods that are, for the most part, free of food colorings, dyes, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, etc. 
Eventually get familiar with your local Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture for the best local sources. 
Keep in mind that good nutrition with your child starts with you. Get on a health program as needed to be the best example.