Healthy Eating Habits Start Young
Disease seems to be the inheritance we are leaving to our children. A future of sickness, with no awareness of what’s causing it, and no knowledge taught in how to naturally and safely cure themselves of it. Some of the following diseases are common contributors to high death rates within the US alone. Sadly, our own people, the Nation of Israel (so-called Negroes, Hispanics and Native American Indians) run up a big portion of that high death rate.
Heart disease which causes heart attacks and strokes, kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
Lung cancer is the cancer responsible for the most deaths in both men and women. Women are also affected greatly by colorectal cancers. Strokes are higher in women than men.
Respiratory Diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema belong to a class of diseases called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
Type 2 diabetes can cause kidney damage, heart disease and blindness. Did you know, Diabetes is 60% more common in so-called blacks than in whites? Blacks are up to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a limb amputation and up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than other people with diabetes.
Influenza is considered a common cold to someone with a normal (healthy) immune system, but to most it may cause complications such as pneumonia which can be fatal.
Kidney disease is yet another leading cause of death for both male and female. It can be caused by high blood pressure or diabetes. Obesity: Today, more than 93 million Americans are affected by this disease. Obesity cause many other diseases (such as those above) and complications within the body. If someone is obese, chances are they are suffering from numerous disease at one time.
Unfortunately, poor health isn’t just among adults, it’s now streaming down onto our young! Besides not upholding the Most High’s Dietary Laws; the primary causes of overweight and other health issues in children is due to poor eating habits. Kids choose foods on a daily basis that are high in sugar, salt, and saturated fats. And since these foods are processed, they contain additives, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives that are completely unnatural. Unnatural foods have unhealthy effects on the body. In fact, some of the effects are mood altering, suppresses energy, causes strain on the digestive system, weakens the immune system and in time, causes health problems such as those listed above. We may not be able to save the brothers and sisters that have passed away due the above diseases, but we most certainly CAN focus on the future of our children’s health.
The Earlier the Better
Interestingly, a study (click to read) has concluded that by 3 years of age, most of a child’s eating preferences are established. When learning, children do so best within the first 4 to 5 years of their lives. Their brains soak up information just like a sponge, so indeed the best time to teach healthy eating habits is as early as possible! Children will set their likes based on healthy or unhealthy foods their parents feed them. The benefits of eating nutrient rich food are;
- Important for optimal growth and development.
- Prevents health problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, dental caries, iron deficiency, osteoporosis and obesity.
- Helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as those listed above. Children with a healthy immune system will be less likely to get sick and strong enough to fight off infections, and most disease.
- Healthy eating will even prevent mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar episodes, and anxiety which children may experience during the hormonal shifting of puberty. Also reduce symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Illnesses which children develop do to the high amounts of color dyes, processed sugar, additives, and preservatives.
- So indeed, a well balanced diet promotes a strong physical and mental development.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” ~1 Corinthians 3:16
WHAT TO DO
Ensuring that your child has the ability to make healthy food choices is critical, so let’s get started! Below are some tips and activities for you and your children:
- We first want to lead by example, our children mimic us and those around them.
- Negativity hurts the learning experience. If you don’t eat fruits and vegetables much yourself, or talk badly about eating them, your child will have a tough time accepting them.
“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” ~Proverbs 23:26
- No need to count calories or choose low-fat or non-fat foods (this is not dieting). Simply provide a variety of healthy foods (mostly fresh) and less processed ones.
- Take your child to the store or local farmers markets. Begin introducing your little one to different fruits and vegetables. Teach him the names of different types of produce. Talk to him about the wonderful colors, great smells and varied textures.
- Talk positively about fruits and vegetables. Let your little-one know what he is eating when you are feeding him, what vitamins and minerals he is getting and how important nutrients are for growing bigger and stronger.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” ~Genesis 1:29
- Encourage drinking water (for infants, after 6 months of age). Water aids digestion, regulates body temperature, delivers nutrients to cells and carries waste away. The need for water is great, so give it with every meal. Get in the habit of offering water over juice.
- Don’t give up with infants and be diligent with toddlers and older children. If you have an infant, know that baby’s tastes that can change on a daily basis. Just because your baby spit out peas one day does not mean she doesn’t like them. Unless she has demonstrated an allergic reaction, try the food again in a couple days, you may be pleasantly surprised!
When I was younger, my brother and I would sit at the kitchen table for hours until we finished our vegetables. All I know now is, thank God for mamma’s diligence! As an adult, I now love my vegetables, yes love! I share this very memory with my son’s, getting giggles out of them! But they understand that eating healthy is like keeping our Fathers Laws, the outcome is far greater. “1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” ~Ephesians 6:1-3
- Offer variety to ensure a balanced diet. All foods contain different vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Eating a variety of healthy foods will naturally lead to a balanced diet. When your baby first starts eating solid foods, quantity is not as important as variety.
- Don’t rush. Infants and some older children are slow eaters, and this is a good habit to encourage. Many of us do not plan enough time to eat meals and often find ourselves shoveling food in. This is one of the worst eating habits that you can teach your child. Instead, plan plenty of time for meals so you and your baby can relax and enjoy the experience.
- Have a feeding schedule. Children have small tummies and fluctuating appetites, so 4 to 6 mini meals each day are recommended over three large meals. Establishing set times for these meals will help your child learn a routine.
- Never force babies to eat or finish all their food. Your baby will eat when she is hungry.
- Make mealtimes a family event. Whenever it is practical, the whole family should eat together. This will encourage your children to interact with others at mealtime and to begin experiencing a sense of social interaction.
Wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of Israel we are and what a powerful position we hold. With the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of our Father above, together with our nurturing ability, we will leave an inheritance of better health for our children. But we have to start teaching them as early as possible, so they will grow up knowing what their body needs to be nutrified, strong and healthy.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~Matthew 22:6
The Most High created fruits, vegetables, and animal proteins for a very important purpose. We not only can use them to sustain our hunger, but to heal and to stay healthy! We have to get back to what is MOST natural. What He has created and stay away from the consistent strange diet.
Be well Sisters!!!!