Variety is the Key

Monday, November 13th, 2017

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise… Psalm 8:1-2


In continuing to learn what we can do to help our sweet children avoid the path of overweight that is so painful, we’ve talked about how important it is for you – the parent – to have a pure heart for God first and foremost, for that is what will be handed down. Then, when it comes to hunger and fullness and deciding what to eat when the body is ready for food, VARIETY is the key, especially for our children. The body has such a strong drive to get a variety of foods, thereby assuring you the different nutrients you need, that it is hard to make many mistakes here. Even the most “out of touch with what your body wants” people will not desire to eat what they had for breakfast again for lunch, or what they had for lunch again for supper, and they will complain when leftovers are offered. In other words, they are in touch with the body’s biological feedback enough to lead to desiring a variety of foods even within a 24-hour period. Variety assures you the nutrients you need!


As long as you offer a variety to your children, you don’t have to worry that your child may not always eat the “perfect meal.” I always tried to stay back and let my children form their natural eating selections. I never forced foods, but I did ask that they try just a taste of everything to decide what they liked. I provided a variety, and if I wanted to introduce or encourage a new food, I would offer it at mealtime when the children were very hungry, or I would just fix the new food and set it on the coffee table in front of the TV, taking advantage of times when they had been out playing and I knew they would come in hungry. My children each gravitated toward different likes and dislikes, but never affected their nutritional status.


So remember, the most important rule for having normal weight children is to spend your energy on praising God first…and second, loving one another at mealtimes, not loving or worshiping the food or worrying over missing nutrients. God programs what you need inside of you, and He programs your taste buds to like it, and He provides your body with the enzymes to digest it. It is all delightfully simple and enjoyable if we get our will out of the way!


(Excerpt from Feeding Children Physically and Spiritually, by Gwen Shamblin)