Healthy eating habits

One of the things I’ve really battled with this summer is many people thinking it is okay for S to eat ice cream and lollipops all the time. Before I get virtual dirty looks, let me just say the odd ice cream/lollipop is fine but it’s the habit that worries me.

We spent 6 weeks travelling earlier this summer and on more than one occasion, S was offered ice cream, cheese balls, lollipops and other very sweet food stuff even when I expressed my reluctance. I now have an almost 2 1/2 year old who routinely opens the freezer saying “mama, ice cream.”

“He’s on holiday…”

“It’s the summer and it’s so hot…”

“One won’t hurt…”

These are the lines I’ve heard all summer and every time I’ve tried to explain my reasons for not indulging S, it has fallen on deaf ears. And then I saw this video.

It describes exactly how I feel. Of course, parents are not the only factor to blame for unhealthy eating habits but I do believe that eating habits start during childhood. That’s not to say that they don’t change over the course of a child’s life but we have our whole lives to eat what we like, why start at 2 1/2 has always been my argument.

I’m quite lucky S actually loves fruit and so I’d much rather he get his sugars from there.

Have you seen the video? What are your thoughts?

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