Be Flexible

Be flexible--have some treats.
Teach children to balance food choices over time. Not every food has to be “perfect.” When eating a food high in fat or sugar, select other foods that are low in these ingredients later that day or the next. Your food choices over several days should fit together into a healthy pattern.

For example, if you go to a family reunion where there is a lot of tasty food, enjoy it! Balance it out with some smaller portions and a few extra walks the following week. You don’t have to make a big deal about it.

Being flexible about food and having some treats helps children have a healthy relationship with food. If certain foods are “outlawed”, we often want them more.