I am pretty realistic with my patients and understand that on occasion unhealthy foods are going to be consumed. Suggested ways families can help reduce their intake of unhealthy food options are:
- keep track of how often processed snacks/foods are consumed in a month as a family to help keep unhealthy eating to a minimum,
- aim for no more then 1-3 times per month when possible, and
- educate your child on what foods are “everyday” foods and which ones are occasional indulgences (3 or less per month). Foods to consider as occasional include: baked goods/pastries, candy, fast foods including pizza (sorry!), pop/soda including sports drinks and vitamin water.
This post has a number of other great tips for helping to reduce sugar intake.
For information about childhood obesity and tips for preventing it, read this post.