Last week I talked to a group of young girls about fitness, and this week the topic was nutrition.
I think it is important for kids to be educated about nutrition (nutrient dense foods, calories, etc.). However, when it comes to eating habits, calorie counting for kids should be reserved only for extreme health cases. I really like the concept behind The Biggest Loser Kid Plan, Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right. Foods are categorized based on their health value: green light foods are foods that can be eaten freely, yellow light foods may have health value but should be eaten in moderation, and Red Light foods are not off limits, but should only be had occasionally. In fact, I would encourage this way of thinking for adults as well.
One thing I wanted the girls to pay attention to was the amount of ingredients in their food and to eat foods that are closest to their most natural form. In our highly processed world, it’s good to realize that God gave us the nutrients our bodies need to function well…let’s take advantage of the food he created!