Published: 09/28/2006 - Updated: 03/19/2019
Establishing good habits during childhood decreases the possibility of inadequate feeding behavior, which is disturbingly evident during adolescence.
Getting our children to adopt proper eating habits would be the backbone in the prevention of disease.
The slow carbohydrate absorption which are in grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes, are without doubt the four pillars of the Mediterranean diet, along with the Japanese recognized as the best worldwide. Animal fats and sweets are the biggest enemies of our health unless they are eaten very sparingly.
Nutrition-health relationships have been established for decades as highly related so that today we can say with certainty that eating habits and life are critical to promoting health and by contrast, are associated with certain chronic lifetime diseases: cardiovascular, certain cancers, obesity, osteoporosis, dental caries, diabetes, etc. (JAMES 1988, WHO 1990)
There is no doubt that these first years of life are crucial to life and health by acquiring good habits to go because we cannot forget that this stage at school is preferably educational, and parents and good teachers have the opportunity to develop through a correct observation of the peculiarities of our children what foods they prefer, which benefit them or not, what habits help a balance. All this framed in a new family structure that hinders rather than help, a great imitation of inappropriate behavior of cultures in decline, but by television and a strong marketing are introduced into the center of our homes, but much is at stake because health and future of our children is the most important tasks we have to do in our lives.
I for my part will develop along these months a series of ideas intended to help make a quality education work. I will refer to the age of preschool and school, which is the stage of three years until puberty (12 years).
From the standpoint of growth and development, this stage is characterized by a stable or uniform growth. It is bounded above by a phase of rapid growth (fetal life) and then further accelerated growth (adolescence).
We're going to set more on food quality rather than quantity. It is very important to the educational aspect as to correct behavior at mealtime: Teach to chew thoroughly, to thank the food, eating when not distracted by TV or inappropriate conversations.
This age group usually does not present significant differences between boys and girls. From six years onwards, you detect small differences, the girls are increasing in size and weight of younger ages, based on adipose tissue (when essential to prevent the most animal fats or industrialized vegetable fats) and children increase in tissue muscle.
Before proceeding to explain, what I recommend is to review our knowledge of nutrition and then understand what our kids are suffering and the general public and why the increase in cardiovascular disease.
Because if I recommend for good academic performance, good health, sporting a high capacity to give them to their children daily in different grains and vegetables, organic recipes, three or four times vegetables, meats and dairy once a week, fresh and minimize the consumption of animal or vegetable industrialized fats. Do you understand?