Monday, May 16, 2011

Home Schooling - Eating Healthfully - Introducing Variety


Song:  Sundown In Madagaskar

Group:  African Tribal Orchestra


One of the great keys to living a happy life...
is living a healthful...
energetic and invigorating one.

One of the chief ways is through a healthful diet.

I had covered having a good foundation...
 in healthful eating in the linked article below...
should you have not already read this article...
please read it first...


as I build upon the article above, with this one. 


When Alex was still very young...
all he wanted to eat was Cheerios.

My wife gradually introduced a variety of healthful foods...
slowly...
and at times...
surreptitiously.

She would put in a new vegetable into one of his dishes...
without his knowledge...
and once he ate it...
she would praise him
for having tried something new.

We would reinforce the idea of how healthful
the vegetable was and how it would
help make him grow stronger and smarter.

Of course, all parents do this.

However...he, of course...
started to inspect his food before eating
to ensure there were no new colors or shapes
that would indicate deception on our part.

My wife had to experiment with different ways
of preparation to be especially pleasing to 
his very finicky palate.

We were fortunate in that my wife
normally prepares and eats Japanese food.

The Japanese eat a large variety of
healthful vegetables and fish...
using a variety of flavorful sauces in their 
preparation.

Alex grew to love Japanese food...
(there is evidence to suggest that what is eaten 
by the mother while pregnant...greatly
influences the child's affinity for certain types
of food later in life).

He was introduced to a wide variety of vegetables...
fruit...and nuts...
through his snacks.

His mother would always have a plateful of many vegetables
and fruits, as well as nuts, for his snacks.

No junk food...no sodas
(it should be every parent's mantra).

The key is to make the food as appetizing as possible...
by the exploration of how other cultures
prepare theirs.

We often experiment with cultural cuisine...
by eating out once a week.

Doing so is not only a way of giving 
my wife a break from cooking...
it is a great way we have used to introduce
Alex to new ways, and tastes, of food preparation.



Although we have our favorite restaurants...
we are always eager to try new ones.


Fun themes and new tastes greatly enhance
the dining experience.


We like eating out late in the evening on a weekday
as there is a more serene setting to be had.



Although we have tried "fun" restaurants...
we have found them to be far too loud
to really enjoy ourselves...
this one fits us nicely.



Alex loves using one of his video game units while awaiting his meal.


Although he has gotten used to a wide variety
of tastes...he was wondering about this new shape...
fried rice noodles on top of his Orange Chicken.


My wife ate this barely cooked Tuna
with Ponzu sauce.

She often makes a variety of fish dishes for Alex...
including this one...
however...his is fully cooked.


We are still trying to get him to try these delicious 
Spring Rolls.


We have no trouble getting him to try 
new desserts.

In general, we don't give him sweets at home...
other than fresh or dried fruit.

We usually limit his vegetable/fruit juice combination
to one large glass a day. 

The rest of the time it is rice milk or water...
oh...and have I already mentioned...
NO SODAS.

We want dessert to be special for him...
and not an unhealthful daily expectation.

By making your child's core diet healthful...
you may then look forward to a little splurging
once a week.

Through our culinary exploration...
although Japanese is still his favorite...
we have introduced him to...

Indian...
Mexican...
Italian...
Thai...
Vietnamese...
Chinese...
Polynesian...
Mongolian...
Korean...
Cajun...

And we shall be exploring many other types soon.

Our area doesn't have the plethora of ethnic restaurants
that larger cities have.

We shall soon be moving...
on to an area...
 of much greater dietary diversity.

The variety will open new taste horizons...
for him to...
 explore...
enjoy...
look forward to.


4 comments:

  1. There was a time when my son was an extremely picky eater and we worried about his nutrition. We persisted, similar to the way you did, and now he eats a fair amount of healthy foods. Eating out can still be difficult, but one day we hope to introduce him to many different cuisines as you did with your son.

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  2. We initially had to keep our tastes moderate. We had him try the most mild dishes first...and in the meat he likes most (besides fish)...chicken. We started him out years ago at an Indian restaurant...Tandoori chicken...mild seasoning. He loved it. Now Alex can find food that he likes at almost any restaurant.

    We can now look upon our once weekly culinary journey as an adventure.

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  3. Great ideas there. We find eating the smae food with the children also helps as they are curious and want to copy us.
    Funny how you never have to worry when it comes to dessert though eh?

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  4. Thank you for your comment. Although Alex has his preferences when it comes to dessert...we've yet to find one that he doesn't like.

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