Having brought up daughters to be
healthy teenagers today, I and my wife have had always adopted the habit of
instilling healthy habits in our children. We were very particular that from
eating healthy food, keeping them active, making them learn to sleep well and
potty training them from a very early age, would help them imbibe these crucial
life skills which will help them to improve their quality of life in future.
As a responsible parent, I can
state with conviction that childhood is a great time to start eating healthily.
Believe me; it is as simple as it sounds. We just need to provide good
nutrition and reasonable amount of physical activity to them every day and just
by following this basic principle, we can protect our kids from being obese and
being a host of chronic diseases later in their life.
Let me warn you that it is
certainly a bit tougher in these days as compared to what it was when I and my
wife brought up our daughters. Today, we need to compete against the temptation
of a variety of unhealthy and junk food so easily available in the market. However, it is we as parents, who need to
inculcate the value of eating healthy food in our children without succumbing
to their pressure of the unhealthy temptations.
I would suggest that the
environment at home plays a very important role in it. We should try to be role
models for our children in our eating habits. As a parent, it would be our
prime responsibility to ensure that when we try to inculcate good eating habits
in our kids, we should always try to make it a family affair and stay involved
in the process. We cannot expect our kids to start liking to drink milk twice a
day if we as parents don’t do it. We cannot expect our kids to eat nutritious
food while we ourselves gorge on the culinary temptations. I would like to
remind each parent that we play a key role in our children’s choices and
The first and foremost thing that
I and my wife did while my kids were growing up was to ensure that fast food is
not a staple in our home. We used to take pains to ensure that we buy only food
that and healthy and nutritious. We knew that as working parents, with kids
required to rush to school early mornings, it may not be possible for us to
stuff their tiffin boxes with freshly prepared nutrition every single day. We
used to take care of this aspect by trying to prepare such healthy food on
weekends that we can freeze and eat it later. Of course, we certainly used to
buy frozen food too, but we ensured that they were always up to the highest
Living in nuclear families in
cities, it is a far cry from being possible, but I have even suggested to my
friends who live in small towns and villages that we can also try to plant a
garden and eat what we ourselves harvest. Even getting the kids involved in
this process would make them much more happier to eat it since they are more
likely to eat something that they themselves have helped to prepare and in the
process also learn as to where the food comes from.
As parents, we have also tried
innovative ways to make the food interesting for our kids. We used to cut the
fruits in interesting shapes, we have even tried to make the food colourful
using natural colours and have even tried creating fairy tale stories of our
meals to make it sound and taste more interesting to the kids.
Of course, we have had to make
sacrifices in our eating habits too. We made several replacements in the oil
and cereals, like switching over to olive oil, replacing white rice with brown
rice and same with bread, totally cutting out the aerated drinks from our
refrigerator and replacing it with fruit juices. Of course, along with the
kids, it made our health better too.
We even took pains to educate our
kids on the harms of unhealthy food but never totally cut it off from their
menu. We never made them swear off cookies, cakes, ice-creams, pizzas, pastas
and burgers forever, but we made it pretty clear that it would not find part of
their daily staple either.
And apart from all these eating
habits, we ensured that we give our kids the required dosage of Chyawanprash
every single day. In fact, their intake of Chyawanprash continues to this day,
even after they have grown up to be healthy teenagers. We always had understood
that when we need to have our children fight against germs like bacteria and
viruses, which are almost everywhere, we need to keep their immunity system
strengthened and what better choice for it than Chyawanprash, which is a time
tested age-old formulation containing Amla, considered as one of the best
antioxidants, apart from various other herbs.
When I talk about Chyawanprash,
the one and only brand which comes to my mind is Dabur, the leaders in this. I
am an absolute fan of this product having personally seen my children have this
every day and grow up to be healthy kids. I am of the belief that Dabur
Chyawanprash contains the anti-oxidant properties which help to strengthen our
body’s internal defence mechanism, i.e. the immune system, thereby protecting
us from day to day infections and help us lead and healthy life.
I fully agree with the Company’s claim that
the Dabur Chyawanprash’s magnificient brew of Ayurvedic herbs strengthens the
body’s natural defence mechanism by stimulating our natural killer cells which
in turn assists in fighting with virus and bacteria in our body, thus giving us
increased immunity from various infections.
Let me conclude my saying that
when we try to inculcate good and healthy eating habits in our children, we
need to start at a very early age. I would also say that it may be possible
that sometimes our children may not react positively at first and we just need
to take it as their behavior matters and sooner than later the kids will follow
their parents’ lead.
And once you are involved in it, you would realise how a healthy child makes a happy family.
The details of the benefits of Dabur
Chyawanprash, courtesy https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/ and https://www.liveveda.com/dabur-chyawanprash/3x-immunity.aspx
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