How to Raise Healthy Children the Helen Doron Way

In the bustling world of today, it is crucial to instil healthy habits in our children. These habits can positively affect their health for their entire lives. At Helen Doron English, we believe that the food children consume not only fuels their bodies but also shapes their minds, influencing their mood, concentration, and learning abilities.

Our method, developed over 40 years of passionate work in child education, emphasises the importance of thoughtful meal planning. We encourage families to make healthy food
choices that will benefit their children for life. However, navigating the vast sea of information and conflicting advice on child nutrition can be daunting. We aim to provide guidance and share insights that might ease the journey of parenthood.

Healthy eating empowers children to reach their full potential by providing the nutrients and energy they need to accomplish their life goals. Childhood is the time when lifelong habits are formed, and children who grow up with a healthy diet are likely to continue these habits into adulthood, thus preventing health problems later in life.
Unfortunately, popular “junk food” is often high in calories, fat, and sugar, and low in vitamins and minerals. Consuming such foods can lead to serious health risks, such as heart disease or diabetes. It’s important to remember that children tend to mimic their parent’s eating habits, making adults their most immediate and accessible role models for healthy eating.

At Helen Doron English, we consider nutrition to be a vital part of our holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. We encourage children to adopt a healthy lifestyle by discussing related topics in classes and teaching by example.

What If My Child Isn’t Eating Healthily?

It’s okay to be concerned that your children are not getting all the nutrients their bodies need. Watch out for certain signs and symptoms. Generally speaking, if they are growing healthily, free from infections and illnesses, have energy, and good digestion and are sleeping well, then they are fine.

A varied diet will give them the nutrients they need. Certain vitamins and minerals may be required in extra amounts and taking a good quality broad-spectrum multi-vitamin and mineral will cover this. This includes selenium, iodine, zinc and B12. Also if your child is not getting enough sun exposure on their skin it’s worth giving them 200-400IU of vitamin D3. Vegan forms of all these supplements are available in liquid form, spray, and capsules where the powder can be poured into their food/drinks.

Remember, a healthy diet promotes optimal growth of brain cells, nerves, and tissues, enhancing a child’s concentration, memory, and intelligence. By feeding children healthier food for their brains, they can function better, setting them up for a successful future.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Children need a steady supply of energy throughout the day. Avoid processed foods and drinks that release sugars into the blood too quickly, causing hyperactivity and difficulty focusing.
  • Satisfy their sweet tooth with healthier alternatives, such as fresh, dried, or frozen fruit.
  • Regular meals and snacks between long breaks, containing protein and wholegrain starchy carbohydrates rich in fibre are the best recipe for lasting energy.
  • Avoid foods that interfere with learning and behaviour, such as processed sugars, processed fats, and artificial chemicals found in soft drinks, baked goods, and confectionery.
  • Opt for slower-releasing carbs, such as baked potato instead of French fries or crisps, oats instead of sugary cereals, or starchy root vegetables, and bread and pasta made from different grains.

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