Nurturing a positive relationship with food

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As a mum, I just want the best for my kids. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s true. I want them to be happy, and I want them to be healthy. To be honest, I think that’s probably all most parents want for their kids. Well, that and for them to bring you the odd cuppa every now and then.

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Making healthy choices

Since we want our kids to be happy and healthy, it’s up to us to encourage and nurture them in leading an active, healthful, positive lifestyle. It’s up to us to ingrain habits and choices that will serve them throughout their lives – both emotionally and physically. This includes healthy eating choices, which often leads to how they approach food and nutrition later in life.

This isn’t always an easy road – I’m sure we’ve all faced a rejected dinner at some stage or another throughout our parental journeys! However, it’s important to remember that part of this is for our kids to learn how to make good choices for themselves. They need to have a sense of control and autonomy over food decisions. With that in mind, perhaps forcing them to eat that rejected dinner isn’t necessarily the best way forward!

A positive relationship with food

I believe it’s important to find ways to facilitate a positive relationship with food – so that they WANT to make good choices. A big part of this is balance. Restricting food often means a big blow out later – for kids and adults. I know for me personally, if I tell myself I’m not allowed to have something, pretty soon it’s all I can think about, and then all of a sudden I’m splurging on it. So I allow myself and my kids little treats now and then, and just make sure that the rest of the time we’re eating more nutritiously. Sustainable positive food relationships are maintained by what you do most of the time.

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Happy tastebuds

Another important aspect of fostering good food choices is finding stuff that benefits their bodies AND makes their tastebuds happy. After all, even as adults, it doesn’t matter whether something is good for us or not – if it doesn’t taste good, we won’t be having much of it! So it’s really important to find food and drink that ticks both boxes.

That’s why I love MILO. My active, growing-faster-than-I-can-emotionally-cope-with 10 year old gets essential nutrients like calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals in each cup of MILO with milk; plus it tastes great so he’s always keen to drink it. He makes a glass of MILO with milk most mornings to have with his breakfast. I love that he’s at the age that he can sort all that out for himself! I also know he sometimes won’t eat much during the day because he’s too busy playing (but then comes home and eats everything in the house), so it’s so good to know he’s heading off to school well nourished. He has his cuppa, if I’m lucky he’ll make one too – so we’re both happy. Got to be a winner!

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This article was written by Bunny Kim. Bunny was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. However, these views are the personal opinions of Bunny and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.

Bunny is a mama of two and a blogger about motherhood, womanhood, and the life and adventure that happens in between. Follow her on Facebook and on her blog at GlowMama.

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6 Comments

  1. kymmage 29/08/2018 at 10:56 pm

    My eldest gets so involved in things she is doing some weekends that she won’t stop for food or drink at all. I have to remind her or just deliver her snacks. I’ve also taken to leaving a water bottle next to her so she remembers to drink something. Though she will often come looking for a Milo 😉

  2. Jen_Wiig 27/08/2018 at 2:22 pm

    I have two food philosophies everything in moderation and dont mock till you try it then you can hate it. Ive tried to instill this in my 3 boys and so far so good, all 3 enjoy eating fruit and veges, but also we love to have a splurge of junk food and eat a homemade ice cream sundae with all the trimmings …but to me thats ok, none of us a really over weight (well im probably bit porky but im allowed its my mummy love tummy lol) we get out in the fresh air alot and live a well balanced life for the most part. Because I live by this mantra which my mum gave me as a young-in ive always had a good relationship with food and i can honestly say there isnt a single food i wouldn’t eat accept shellfish and thats due to an allergy we discovered trying scallops under the cant mock it till ya tried it philosophy. I hope my boys will continue to feel this way esp as they grow more,and at least with having a broad diet I have plenty of options to feed them on with their bottomless pits and if all else fails Milo will save the day everytime

  3. dawnblyth 27/08/2018 at 12:03 pm

    Having a hot drink is a great way to warm up little (and big) bodies on cooler days, and is a great way to relax. My 9yr old boy loves having a milo when he is tired and cold. It helps him to relax while warming through the body. I also know that he is getting more calcium and the extras that milo provides when he is having one. Thanks Milo!

  4. Mands1980 24/08/2018 at 3:04 pm

    This is definitely important to encourage positive relationships with food and healthy choices. I feel like I am always telling my daughter to choice better foods like fruit/Veges over easy foods like chips/ biscuits. Dinner is a bit different as we all eat the one healthy meal. School lunches can be difficult at times to encouraging them to pick healthy foods to put in there lunch box’s. All parents go through these hard facts to try get there kids to eat healthy.

  5. Bevik1971 21/08/2018 at 2:28 pm

    So agree on the making sure your kids are nourished especially before going to school. Our daughter has had to give up dairy recently as it was causing gut issues. So that makes it harder in the mornings as she won’t have any type of non-dairy milk as she doesn’t like any of them! I don’t like to give her toast for breakfast as she normally has a sandwich in her lunch and don’t like her to eat too much bread. But fruit and smoothies are great and she likes them, so there’s usually always a way!

  6. MuddledUpMolly 20/08/2018 at 10:12 pm

    It would have been nice to read this if the writer hadn’t been sponsored to do so. I think any Mum can write an article about how their child likes milo, I could do the same but it wouldn’t teach the readers anything new about the product. Nice try but some readers like myself like to read the facts and enjoy visuals to demonstrate a typical serving in terms of RDI etc.

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