What does it mean to have a happy and healthy relationship with food? Is it going on a ‘diet’ regularly? Is it only eating foods that are deemed ‘healthy’ for you? Is it eating food to make you happy? Or maybe it’s eating foods that are fun and put a smile on your face, like unicorn frappes and bar-one doughnuts! It’s none of the above. And if we admit it to ourselves, having a happy and healthy relationship with food is a rather difficult thing to achieve. And as a parent, it’s your rather daunting responsibility to impart that to your child. Where do you even start?
You start with the food you eat. In our previous blog post, we spoke about the importance of a balanced and varied diet for your child, and shared some practical tips to increase the variety of foods your child eats. However, healthy eating is about more than what we eat, it’s about how we eat it, and the mindset and way of thinking that drives our choice of what to eat.
Let’s start with what it means to have a happy and healthy relationship with food. It’s about seeing food as nourishment for our bodies. Without jumping too excitedly on the hippie bandwagon, eating should be an act of self-love, of respecting your body, eating what our bodies need, really need, by being in tune with your body, and listening to it, when it’s hungry and when it’s full. It’s about seeing food for what it is, fuel for your body, not the cause of or the solution to your emotional problems. When you have a happy and healthy relationship with food, your food choices are driven by love, joy, self-awareness, energy and health; love for our bodies, pure joy at eating food that is as delicious, as it is nutritious, and awareness of the food we choose to put in our bodies.
Whatever your relationship with food, as a parent you want to give your child the best chance at a happy and healthy one. Here’s some tips to get you started:
We hope the tips and ideas we’ve shared in this post, and the last, help you and your family on your journey towards a happier, healthier life!
Here at The Munching Mongoose, we believe in eating for happy hearts and healthy tummies, and strive to support a balanced and varied diet, for you and your family. And we would love to be a part of your journey to health and happiness. Our boxes are filled with a variety of organic, seasonal fruit and veg, farm-fresh milk, free range eggs, handmade cheese and freshly baked bread. And we also include a surprise product every week, ranging from raw honey, to home baked rusks, to support local suppliers and, of course, to have an occasional indulgence! We also have a range of add on products, including our Munch Packs. Designed in partnership with a Paediatric Dietitian, Lindsay Archibald-Durham, they are perfect as lunch packs for young children, or snack packs for adults and teens. They include a balanced variety of protein, healthy fats and wholegrain carbohydrates, to keep you and your family going, and are free from preservatives and refined sugars. Why not give us a try? Sign-up now!