Mistakes Your Parents Made When They Taught You About Food


downloadBy: Krystle Crossman

When we are kids we all hear the same things from our parents about food; clean your plate, eat your veggies, drink your milk. This is what we accepted as the rules to meals when we were young. There are a few things that have changed and that we should know now so that we can pass the information on to our children.

1. Listen to your body and when it tells you that you are hungry, eat. If you are feeling full, stop eating. If you are low on energy, you may have a lower blood sugar level, so have a small snack. Keep a food diary to keep track of your habits.

2. Don’t clean your plate off. Make it a habit to leave a bit of food on your plate and wait for 10 minutes or so. If you are still hungry, finish what you have, but if you aren’t, save the food for another day.

3. Cravings are actually a good thing. They can tell you a lot about what is going on with you. When you have a craving for something, look at it as information as to what mood you are in or why you are having that specific craving, and find a healthy option to the junk you are craving.

4. While you are eating, try meditating. Eat slowly. Chew your food as much as you possibly can. Savor the flavors. The slower you eat, the less likely you are to gorge yourself on a ton of food.

5. Calories really don’t need to be counted. Instead try eating more whole foods so that you don’t have to worry about calories or sugars or carbs and can eat as much as you want.

6. You can skip the milk. Calcium comes from many different places such as leafy greens that are dark in color such as spinach and kale, salmon, or beans.

7. Just eating right will not help you to lose weight. You need to exercise too, so get out and move.



  1. I’m not sure if this is the best advice. It presupposes that the problem with kids is overeating rather than eating the wrong stuff. That a few potato chips are good but, if you clean your plate of chicken and vegetables you’re a fat slob. We’re finding now that the problem isn’t the amount of food kids are eating it’s the types of foods. I’d love to see this list revised with real world solutions to how parents can get kids to eat right and stay fit when there’s nothing but garbage all around them.

  2. I don’t know what rob edwards talking ’bout. This is a good article. 3500 calories = 1 lb. whether it come from potato chips or chicken fried rice.

    • Completely untrue. Potato chips raise your insulin and convert to fat. And frankly so does chicken fried rice. The rice is all simple carbs and also converts to fat. Chicken breast converts to muscle and vegetables provide essential nutrients. I’m no expert but I’ve eaten wrong in the past (mom’s biscuits and gravy, yum!) and then, a few years ago, I changed the way I eat and lost 50 lbs. I’m less than 10% body fat now, I work out 4 times a week… and, by the way, I’m 50 years old. My kids are in college and high school now but, as a community we need to get a better grasp on what we feed the next generation. Lean meats, veggies, water instead of soda and a little activity… maybe an occasional “cheat”. What we can’t do is starve our kids with low cal diets and expect them not to binge and gain it all back later.

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