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Get kids into the kitchen

It’s never too early to start.

Here is my suggestion to anyone who has children: Get them into the kitchen as early on as possible.  The obesity epidemic is a real thing, and it has plagued people with diseases that could have been easily prevented with a healthy diet.  Therefore, to help keep your kids from getting on the path to obesity, you need to teach them how to eat right from a young age.

From what I have seen, most people eat unhealthy foods because it is simply easier to do so.  Fast food and convenience foods are readily available.  Plus it is pretty affordable.  So people who do not feel comfortable around the kitchen can easily make a habit of reaching for fast food or convenience food.  Unfortunately, these foods are often to blame for the current obesity epidemic.  That is why it is essential that you get your kids comfortable in and around the kitchen of your house while they are still in their early years.In the beginning, simply invite your kids to join you in the kitchen whenever you are preparing meals.  At this point, they don’t even really have to do anything.  Just have them there to keep you company, and allow them to watch everything that you are doing.  This will cause them to see the kitchen as a wonderful place to be in.  Plus watching you cook will help them to see that it is not impossible to prepare a meal for the family. 

Once your children get to a certain age though, you will want to teach them to do certain tasks.  Show them how to toss a salad.  Allow them to measure ingredients.  They will thank you for it all later in life.