Raising Healthy Eaters

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It's never too late to teach your children well -- well-being that is. Whether you're raising toddlers or teens, or any age in between, you have the power and the ability to turn things around and instill healthy eating habits.

What your children consume today is the foundation for what they eat for the rest of their lives. Poor eating habits can lead to weight problems and weight-related health issues in your child's future. Not only does this mean that obesity can be an issue, but also under-eating and being underweight can also become a lifelong challenge.

If you have a child with allergies, you'll find that a wholesome diet of fresh foods will allow you to keep better track of what your child is eating. This also results in less searching through ingredients lists for pseudonyms of suspected allergens.

Changing your family's practices and how they relate to food is a gradual process, doled out with huge doses of love and patience. Here are 10 steps you can take to convert the way your family relates to food.

1. Learn what foods and what amounts of those foods are needed to establish and maintain your children's health at every age.

2. Go through your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. Dispose of everything that doesn't contribute to the nutritional well-being of your children. Those items have high-calorie contents and their nutritional value is next to nothing.