A few examples include avoiding food labels such as “junk foods,” “good foods” or “healthy/unhealthy foods.” It’s difficult to begin challenging these ingrained beliefs (heavily pushed on us by diet culture), however, no food is inherently bad. Instead, let’s refer to and use such terms as hunger, fullness, satisfaction, enjoyment, variety and balance when talking about food. Here are a few examples of positive food talk:
“That’s your second granola bar today. Grab a healthy snack, like a piece of fruit.”
“Sure, you can grab a snack, but no junk food!”
“You’re going to feel so much better after eating the carrot sticks than the French fries.”
Setting your child up with a foundation for knowing how to nourish and care for their body and not view food through a lens of fear is the best support you could offer. This will also reduce their risk for physically and mentally damaging unhealthy food behaviors in the future.
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