Restrictions don't work

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I have to laugh - parents all over are stressing about their kids eating too much candy. They're restricting access, taking candy away, and teaching bad habits.

First off, many of these parents don't eat right themselves - and they don't get exercise. They've tried restrictive diets and failed. But now they try restriction as a way to teach their kids to eat right.

Restriction does not work. It only makes you want more.

If you let your kids eat their fill on halloween night, they will get as much as they want, or more than they want - and that will be the end of it. They might pick at it for days after that- but if it's just sitting there, most kids will hardly pay attention to it after a couple of days. I've had candy sit for months without being touched.

But when kids would come over from these restrictive households, they went crazy eating every goodie they could get their hands on. If a kid has been subject to restrictions - they will eat and eat and eat because they are sure that they won't be able to get more. And those patterns will follow them for the rest of their lives.

Maybe you're on a treadmill like that now yourself.

We have a natural balancing mechanism in our brains that if not messed with, will allow us to naturally eat a variety of
foods, both healthy and not so healthy - in balance.

Listen to the messages your own body sends you - and try not to mess with your kids natural balancing mechanisms. Learn to eat responsibly, and teach your kids how to.

Keywords - Balance and Moderation!

Tip the scale in favor of more fruits and vegetables and fewer 'goodies'. But don't restrict with an iron fist. It only backfires in the end.

 

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