You have made a great decision to start changing what your child eats. Healthy eating can help your child feel good, stay at a healthy weight, and have lots of energy for school and play. In fact, healthy eating can help your whole family live better. Childhood is the best time to learn the healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Healthy eating involves eating lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, non-fat and low-fat dairy products, and whole grains. It also means limiting sweet liquids (such as soda, fruit juices, and sport drinks), fat, sugar, and highly processed foods.
You have probably thought about some changes you want to make right away. Think about some of the things-parties, eating out, temptations-that might get in the way of your success.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Share the responsibility. You decide when, where, and what the family eats. Your child chooses how much, whether, and what to eat from the options you provide. Otherwise, power struggles can create eating problems.
You can use some or all of the ideas below to get started. Add to this list whatever works for your family.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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