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Discussing "healthy" food with a 4yo?

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PeggyCarter Thu 05-Sep-13 14:29:03

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valiumredhead Thu 05-Sep-13 14:30:45

You did the right thing. She's just parroting what she hears at nursery.

gnittinggnome Thu 05-Sep-13 15:51:51

Could you bake a cake with her and talk to her about the different ingredients? Or maybe make a very simplified food pyramid, showing the right proportions of food we ought to be eating, so she can see that cake has a place, but in a small amount? I have no idea if that's an age appropriate response, but it would be a shame if she picked up negative issues over food from outside influences.

PeggyCarter Thu 05-Sep-13 17:37:16

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sharond101 Thu 05-Sep-13 22:31:44

This is a conversation I dread. I've had food issues from a young age caused by a negative influence from my parents that some foods were good some were bad so I want to avoid that connection with my LO too. Watching with interest.

mummyxtwo Fri 06-Sep-13 10:15:01

Ds1 has eating issues due to severe reflux and feeding difficulties as a baby. He is making good progress but the only fruit and veg he will eat are apple and raw carrot sticks. He will happily eat cake and crisps and chips, so I had to explain healthy / unhealthy to him, as he was asking why he had to eat the carrots sticks and not just crisps?!

He understands that energy gives him 'running legs' and he gets energy from food. I've told him that some food helps you grow bigger, like veg and fruit and meat, and some things give you strong bones, like milk and yoghurt and cheese, but some food just gives you a little bit of 'running legs' but not for long and doesn't help you grow, ie. cake and chocolate and crisps. We've not used the words healthy or unhealthy, just talked about foods in terms of what they give you. (Chicken: "this will give you running legs and help you grow bigger!") Seems to have satisfied ds1! He is 4.9yo btw.

mummyxtwo Fri 06-Sep-13 10:16:46

Forgot to add, I don't tell him that cake is "bad", just that he needs to eat enough foods which help him to grow big and strong, not just foods which give him temporary "running legs"!

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