Success Tips for Special Diets

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by Patrice on January 31, 2011 · 2 comments

in Special Diets

One of the basic goals of parenting is to make sure mom can provide a healthy diet to her kids. With all of the other responsibilities of a single mom, planning and preparing a healthy diet is a task that is not only time consuming but can be expensive. It becomes more difficult as children go through the different phases and their likes and dislikes for foods change quickly. If a special diet has to be prepared because of health a single mom can easily feel overwhelmed.

Many times special diets mean that the single mom can’t take advantage of the prepackaged meal choices that have saved so much time in the past. It also might eliminate some of the child’s favorite foods.

Before mealtime becomes a fight with the kids who are picky eaters and rebel against the new special diet, take some steps to make the process go smoother.

Speak to the pediatrician and a registered dietitian about special diets. Make sure you understand not only the new diet, but the benefits and risks associated with the changed diet.

Depending on the age and maturity level of your kids, make sure that they understand why the diet has been introduced and the importance of following the diet. Invite them to suggest healthy meal and treat options that the whole family will enjoy. Kids are more likely to accept changes that they feel they are a part of.

When a healthy menu is devised that the whole family will eat, prepare enough of the meal so that you can freeze portions for a future meal. Single moms need to find a break wherever they can, and the knowledge that a meal is already prepared can keep a stressful day from becoming a mealtime crisis.

Be an advocate for your child who needs to follow a special diet. If the child goes on play dates, make sure dietary needs are discussed. Discuss the diet with care givers and teachers. If the policy of the classroom or day care providers allows children to bring in special treats for the entire class for special occasions, ask what steps you can take to eliminate the risk of your child eating something that could be dangerous to his or her health. You don’t want your child left out of the sharing of the treat, but you certainly don’t want to endanger the child.

As children mature, they want to make more of their own decisions. Limit the number of time you have to tell them they can’t have something by offering healthy diet choices to them right from the start. If they learn to make the proper choices in your kitchen, they’ll be better equipped to make the proper choices when mom isn’t there.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Jean February 24, 2011 at 12:59 am

Tell them how important a balanced diet it. It is essential for the body to get the right amount of nutrition needed. If at a younger age they learn to eat a balanced meal, they will continue doing it until they grow and mature.

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Savannah March 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Take a look at the new food pyramid too – it can help you make good eating decisions, and can be a useful learning tool for your kids.

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