Proudly presenting my daughter Ioli eating a chocolate muffin. Check those eyes...guilty, but also betraying how much she wants to have it!
Yes, I have decided to let my kids eat some junk food. Taking it completely out of their diets can be a counter-intuitive choice. I maybe win a few battles, but it's most likely that I will lose the war. Junk food will become the forbidden fruit they gorge on later, when they start to make their own food decisions.
So I say yes to junk food, but I try not to make a habit out of it. The ancient greeks said “Pan metron ariston”: Everything in moderation. Regularly consuming fattening junk food can be addictive for children and lead to complications, such as obesity, chronic illnesses, low self-esteem and even depression, as well as affecting how they perform in school and extracurricular activities.
So this is what i try to do:
I keep offering them again and again and again healthy snacks,
I avoid buying and storing junk food in our home,
I try myself be a good example for my kids,
I explain to them at every chance the health consequences of eating too much junk food and the health benefits of fruits, vegetables etc
I have drawn some red lines so that my kids are fully aware of my limits, concerning what we eat, when and how often,
I try to create a positive feeding environment, by initiating regular family meals, and
I try to trust my children to self-regulate their own intake.
I just mentioned, that above, I repeatedly used the words " I try, I try, I try.......".
It is not easy. I know. But its really worth to give it a try.