It is perfectly normal for kids to be attracted to sweet things. The lure of fast food and cookies are very powerful that kids cannot control it. If your kid begins to cry, you simply yield to what he/she likes and forget about the importance of healthy foods. This is not only the problem of Singaporeans. The whole world is concerned.
The good news is that researchers from the Columbia University found out that children have this cognitive wiring that is suited to combat such cravings. The findings are helpful because it is a tool that can be used to tackle childhood obesity. Your kid can now overcome the influence of sweets if you can help him/her.
Here’ how you can help kids battle sugar cravings:
- Eat regularly: Your kid craves for sugary treats because he/she feel hungry. You can curb that by encouraging that he/she eats regularly. Waiting long for a meal can lead to sweet cravings. If your kid eats regularly, the blood sugar level of your kid will be stable.
- Reach for fruit: You have to provide fruit where your kid can see it. You have to teach your kid that if the craving hits, he/she can easily reach for fruits. Fruits have natural sweetness and nutrients needed by the body.
- Give a little: You cannot totally eliminate the craving. You can give your kid a little if he/she really wants it. Your kid will not feel ignored and deprived if you give a little of what he/she wants. Just explain the importance of curbing it.
It is crucial that you tell your kid the importance of healthy eating. You should be the role model so do your best to tame your sugary cravings and observe healthy food choices. If you do not know how to deal with your kid’s cravings, look for other Singaporeans who can help you.