Originally published on Examiner.com.
One word sums up Heidi Powell’s life: Busy. Sharing the spotlight on “Extreme Weight Loss” this season with her husband, Chris Powell, who recently authored “Choose More, Lose More for Life” and “Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution”, Heidi juggles her professional life with her personal responsibilities: She’s the proud mom of three, “with another one on the way!” she confessed during our June 11 exclusive interview. So how does she manage? Read on for the inside scoop.
Persuading young children to eat well isn’t easy. Heidi and Chris enjoy life with their 8-year-old, 6-year-old and 2-year-old kids, but Heidi admits that “kids are kids, and they like good-tasting foods.” So how does she respond when her children react to commercials for forbidden foods such as sugary cereals and fast food happy meals? Heidi and Chris focus on teaching their children that healthy foods are also yummy foods. The rules of their house that can benefit all families:
- “Keep an assortment of healthy, whole foods on hand,” says Heidi. From fruits and veggies to gluten-free snacks and Greek yogurt, naturally healthy foods always are available. (My tip: For kid-sized, gluten-free snacks, try KIND Mini Bars.)
- Recognize it might take repeated tastes of new foods for a child to accept it as delicious. If at first you don’t succeed, “try, try again!” (My tip: Have a fussy eater? Learn about the delightful cookbook “More Peas Please: Solutions for Feeding Fussy Eaters”.)
- Don’t ban foods such as pizza or ice cream. Just make sure that they are eaten only after the kids eat their healthy foods. This guideline makes it “a lot less likely to overindulge,” explains Heidi.
- Chris and Heidi instruct their children to eat protein first. This rule makes sure that they don’t “fill up on carbs while missing one of the most important nutrients that our muscles are made of: protein!”
- Did you grow up as a member of the “clean plate club?” Don’t force that same rule on your children. Heidi emphasizes: “We never make them clean their plate – EVER! This will only train them to eat the entire serving at a restaurant, when we all know restaurants can serve over four times the portion we need! We try to help our kids listen to their stomachs. When they are full, we encourage them to stop.”