I was just wondering how best to introduce the more unhealthier foods into my eldest DD’s diet. She is almost 5 years old, and she has only been allowed candy and chocolate etc in moderation, usually only every few months or so.
Our family follows (generally) a healthy diet. She gets her five-a-day every day, and I use the food pyramid as a guide when planning meals. Diet is an extremely important issue in our family, I was raised on junk and I wanted it to be different for my own kids.
I have always been able to control what she eats, but its getting harder since she started going to birthday parties and such. [name]Don[/name]'t get me wrong, I don’t want to deprive her! I just want her to be able to have the occasional piece of candy without feeling the need to eat the WHOLE bag of candy, if you know what I mean. I don’t want her to develop a sweet tooth.
Also, she has never tasted soda. I’m concerned about its effect on teeth, and in particular, how it causes tooth decay. But I feel so sorry for her when people offer it to her and she says “No thank you, my mommy doesn’t allow me drink it”. Should I introduce this to her diet too? Obviously it wouldn’t be on a regular basis, but for special occasions and such?
So, my question is, how can I introduce these foods so that she understands they’ll be a treat, but without the problem of her gorging on them when I’m not around? Sorry if what I’m asking is a little unclear. I’m finding it difficult to word!
Thanks in advance for any replies