Young Fit Life

How To Live WildFit With Kids

“But what about my kids? How can I make them eat healthier?” Taking away refined sugar and junk food from their diet can lead to an open rebellion. With that said, there are strategies you can use to make things a lot easier. Here are my favorite strategies for introducing healthy food to your kids.

Before we move on…

It’s heartbreaking seeing teenagers freaking out because they feel they’ve been overeating and have to work out to make up for it.

Or seeing someone that’s clearly malnourished refusing to eat because they don’t want to put on weight.

I’m all in for kids and teenagers eating healthy and being active, but it should be for the right reasons. They should play, have fun, and enjoy life. Not live under the pressure of having a “perfect body”.

They’re comparing themselves to supermodels who are anomalies and a poor representation of what someone should look like.

First of all, most models are on calorie-restrictive diets that are not supportive of their body. Second of all, they have world class makeup artists applying 10 layers of makeup on them. Third of all, they have professional photographers who know the best angles and lighting. On top of that, all photos will be edited and photoshopped.

The pictures we see in magazines are fiction. It’s not natural! Yet young people still try to mimic this image.

Teenagers should not be worried about counting calories. They should be focusing on getting enough of the “good stuff”.

Don’t worry about cutting out the bad stuff. That’ll come later.

Reverse Psychology

The worst strategy to make kids do anything is to tell them too. Most of the time, they’re sure to do the opposite.

Nobody likes to get told what to do all the time. Even if they do what you tell them to, they’re likely to be unmotivated and do it out of obligation. Until they break, get angry and rebel against you.

As a kid, do you remember how exciting it was to do something you weren’t allowed to? Something that only adults were allowed?

You can use this to your advantage.

Let’s say you’re making burgers for dinner. In the past, you’ve had traditional burgers with buns and French Fries. After doing WildFit, you want to make homemade burger patties with salad and guacamole.

If this is a sudden shift, there’s a good chance that your kids won’t take well to it. If you’re forcing it on them, they’re more likely to rebel against you.

If you want to be more strategic, try making one meal for the adults and another one for the kids (make sure that the adult meal looks tasty!). If your kids ask you what you’re eating, you can say that this is the grown-up version.

Kids learn by observing adults. Meaning if they notice you’re eating something different, they’ll want to emulate you.

If you do this a few times, your kids are more likely to start requesting the adult version.

Super Hero Smoothies

If you want to start making changes to your kids diet, instead of doing it all at once, start off small.

A great way to increase their intake of fruit and vegetables is with smoothies. If you want them to get excited about something, link it to something they’re already enthusiastic about.

I had a client who did our 90 Day Challenge and wanted her son to get excited about eating healthier.

Her son loved Star Wars and Marvel movies. Now his favorite characters all have their own smoothie.

Playing Games

She also wanted to teach her son stress management and mindfulness. Once again, she looked at how she could tie in what already excites him… Star Wars!

Instead of saying, “Now we’re going to sit down and meditate,” she created The Yoda Game.

Reading these posts from Monica makes me smile every time!

Enjoy Life

The most important thing is to enjoy life.

Find out what excites them and find creative ways to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. It should be your focus. As time progresses, you can slowly start decreasing refined sugar and dairy products (if you want to).