Originally Posted by transformed
How do you do that without killing his little junkfood loving spirit? I am working on getting healthier but he freaks when he sees junk food. Its like a passion of my 4 yr old.
He also loves alot of fruit equally though...Although I am not certain he would choose fruit over cheetos. ???
honestly? I dont know.
I dont have this issue with my 4yo; we have choosen to follow a path of self-determination with diet.
I definately explain to DD why I dont eat certain things, and what effects foods have on our bodies (the good and the bad), but she is free to eat what she wants when she wants. (I do draw the line at not buying anything from Nestle or fast-food chains, but I've explained that to DD and she respects it).
The result is that we have a 4yo who is free to eat only sweets and junk all day. but she doesn't. Her favourite food at the moment is celery. of course she does eat sweets, but more often than not, she has a little bit, and leaves the rest.
Just last week we were in town, she saw a packet of cheezles and asked for them. I said, sure, lets just read the label first (I have a policy of reading everything). I gave it to her to have a look; of course she can't read, but I give her the respect of making her own choice. She saw those little additive numbers and shouted for the whole supermarket to hear "Its got numbers in it! I dont want that! numbers arent for eating, they're for COUNTING!"
Later that same day, we were in the health food store, and she picked up a little bar of organic dark chocolate
and asked for it. Of course, I bought it for her, and the lady at the counter was all "tsk, dont you think she's hyper enough?". Well, I ignored that, and gave DD the chocolate. She ate one square of it, gave another square to her friend, and the rest (10 squares) is still sitting on the shelf, in plain view!
So to answer your question; I'd allow that little junkfood loving spirit the freedom to love junkfood, and to learn self-determination, or junkfood is always gonna have a hold over him as the forbidden fruit.