Growing up, my mother cooked home made meals everyday and our intake of sodas and junk food was rather limited. I thought in some ways we were weird for this. Most other people I knew ate chips, microwaved meals and ate at restaurants. It wasn’t really until later that I realized that what I had was not normal, however not out of the ordinary. So when we had kids, my wife and I decided that she would stay home and she would also cook home made foods. We also decided that our kids would have limited amount of junk foods and sodas. This is actually a much tougher gig to follow then you would imagine.
The main reason why this is tough is because candy, chocolate, chips and sodas are everywhere. Kids win in a game they get candy, they go to the bank and get a lollipop, they go to relatives or friends soda and chips it is. (I am not saying this is bad) It’s as though parents are setup for failure. You can control their intake to a certain degree but it’s tough. I want my kids to enjoy candy and I don’t want to deprive them, but that is where moderation comes in.
What my wife and I did was to not deprive them when they go out. However we have a limited amount of junk food at home. This keeps temptation down for both us and the kids. We do have fruit and regular food at the house. On top of that I also give my kids Kombucha. This is a healthy alternative to sodas and juices. We also attempt to eat at regular times this ends up curbing their appetites through out the day. Staying consistent with food and not giving junk food lead my kids to eating a big variety of foods such as broccoli and other vegetables.
15 tips on getting your kids to eat: http://www.parents.com/kids/nutrition/healthy-eating/get-your-kids-to-eat-better/
Kombucha made easy: http://foodriotradio.com/2013/06/kombucha-made-easy/
What do raw milk and transfat have in common? http://grassfedanarchist.com/2014/01/02/what-do-what-do-raw-milk-and-trans-fats-have-in-common/