National Nutrition Month: Tip #12

Today’s tip comes from my 4 year old. I asked him what my tip should be and he said, “Don’t eat candy all the time”.

He brings up a good point! While candy is yummy, it isn’t the healthiest choice. But if you really like candy, or cookies or cake…I wouldn’t tell you to give it up. If I never let my 4 year old eat candy, he would be like a caged animal that would come unleashed at friend’s or grandparent’s houses. So while we need some moderate constraint in our food selections to make sure we are living a healthy lifestyle, never say never to food. It will lead to uncontrollable cravings and possible overeating. Be realistic with your weaknesses, but don’t make food forbidden.
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD