Healthy Children- Part Two
by Melanie Waxman
of us are aware how important it is to give our children good
quality food to help them grow and develop. We often feel
it is a struggle to get them to eat well. It is easy to give
them the same thing every day and to forget to make meals
that are varied and interesting.
It is up to us as parents to create an exciting diet so that
our children are getting the balanced nutrition they need.
Healthy children appear robust and energetic, their energy
is bright and they have a natural curiosity about life.
Children also go through periods of change where they might
act out or appear tired. This is natural too. As parents we
have to learn to read out children.
If your child displays extremes in behavior or has physical
problems for long periods, it is wise to seek professional
advice. These symptoms may manifest as lethargy, severe lack
of weight gain, hyper- active or overly aggressive,
are some ideas to help you with your childs food.
you are changing over to a more natural way of eating, have
patience. Children need time to adjust. Begin introducing
new dishes along with the more familiar ones. Buy jams, snacks
and juices without sugar. Make dishes that are similar to
old ones and use better quality ingredients such as whole
wheat instead of white spaghetti or unrefined oils.
need rich tasting food, especially if they have been raised
without meat or dairy food. Fried noodles, deep-fried bread,
pan-fried fish or mochi and tempeh are some examples. These
kinds of dishes keep children active and strong. If you live
in a very cold climate or one where there is little sunshine,
adjustments need to be made to use more substantial foods.
Include more oil and fatty fish, such as herring or smoked
fish. It is important to include the use of natural sweeteners
such as barley malt and rice syrup too.
walking, babies need little or no salt. Salt will prevent
smooth growth and make children more difficult emotionally.
Try taking a small serving from each dish before you season
it for the adults. After walking, salt can be gradually introduced
into the diet until the age of six. After six, seasonings
can be the same as the rest of the family.
feeding babies, use a variety of grains such as rice, sweet
rice, barley, whole oats, cracked grains and flakes in the
form of milk or porridge. Juice from grated carrots or fresh
fruit can be added along with grain sweeteners. Soft cooked
vegetables are also very important. Try adding ground-toasted
sesame seeds, a few drops of oil or tahini to the grain milk
sea vegetables sparingly with young children. The excessive
use of sea vegetables can interfere with mineral absorption
and the utilization of fat. Small pieces of toasted nori,
however can be given regularly to all children.
taste and likes are always changing. If your child dislikes
cooked carrots, he may love raw ones. Dont abandon the
carrots, trying cooking them in different ways such as sautéing,
steamed, whole, grated or cooked in a stew. Or wait and re-introduce
them later. You may be surprised at how much they enjoy them.
you child snacks a lot, dont despair. Look at what he
is going for and try to create a similar taste in your cooking.
For example is they love oily chips try making deep fried
bread. If they are going for masses of sweet snacks, use more
sweet tasting vegetables and make satisfying desserts.
all the sweets you ate as a child? Children need lots of natural
sweet tasting food to help them grow and develop. Good quality
sweet taste in cooking is very important as well as homemade
desserts and snacks.
are very important for all children especially sesame seeds
because they are high in vitamins, calcium and iron. They
help to develop strong teeth and bones. Roast some and store
them in a jar so they are handy to sprinkle over grains and
children have trouble eating vegetables. Make some simple
dipping sauces out of brown rice vinegar and water, umeboshi
vinegar and rice syrup, tofu, ginger and shoyu or lemon. Children
love to dip their vegetables and eating becomes more fun for
you have trouble with your childs appetite give him
something sweet such as a little fruit or warm juice before
dinner. This eases the digestion and helps to stimulate the
like to look at things. They love food that is colorful and
bold. Large pieces of vegetables, tofu cut into unusual shapes,
cabbage rolls, deep-fried rice balls and noodle sushi are
some examples of foods that are visually appealing.
you are too strict with your childs diet, he will forage
for himself. Cook an assortment of foods including fish, cracked
grains, breads, pancakes, salads, fruits and desserts.
meals enjoyable for everyone in the family. An open, flexible,
approach to eating helps everyone feel relaxed about his or
her food. It is important for all of us to create a happy
atmosphere at meal times by eating and talking together. Regular
meals help children to feel secure and have a sense of belonging.
In these circumstances, children are more likely to eat a
balanced diet. They can then get the most nutrition out of
their food and at the same time feel emotionally safe. Well-balanced
nutrition not only comes from the food itself but the attitude
we have about food, meal times and eating habits.
Healthy Children- Part 1
began studying Oriental medicine in 1980 and went on to specialize
in macrobiotic cooking. She has lived in Portugal, England
and America and has trained cooks from all over the world.
Melanie is the mother of seven children. She has cooked for
international recording stars, fashion designers, doctors,
and business professionals and has helped thousands of others
to change their lifestyle and way of eating. She has written
a children's cook book; Mr. Hoppity's Color Me Cook book for
Kids, a series of self-published12 Cooklets and has recently
published Bless the Baby, a beautifully illustrated book on
the natural and traditional ways a mother can bond with her
newborn. Melanie is also a massage therapist and Feng Shui