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Inculcating Good Eating Habits in Children is a Challenge, Says Celebrity Chef

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Celebrity chef Maria Goretti says it is difficult to inculcate good eating habits in children for long term benefits, especially in an age when television and internet rules.

“As a mom, I think this is the most difficult thing to do. Because no matter how hard I try and make things in air fryer, or bake them or boil with a sliver of butter, at the end, kids today have a mind of their own,” said Maria, who is married to actor Arshad Warsi.

“This is largely because of the exposure to television and internet. They know what’s going on and at home if you tell them to eat something healthy, they will ask to add some sauce or the other.

“So, as parents we must continue doing what’s right for them and eventually they will get it,” Maria told IANS in an email interview.

She also says that one should ensure nutritious intake in children from an early age.

“It should start when the child is really small and before he goes to school and checks out everyone’s tiffins. Because once they check out others’ tiffins, they come back home and start comparing,” she said.

It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.
It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.

Maria was a popular MTV VJ before she married Arshad. She also hosted TV show “Do It Sweet”, and made a special appearance in the movie “Salaam Namaste” along with her son Zeke Warsi.

Apart from a small role in a movie “Raghu Romeo” that was directed by Rajat Kapoor.

Nowadays she is busy with her cookery shows with the latest being her cooking classes at Mount Litera School International on Mother’s Day.

The school hosted an event for mothers with Maria who introduced her fellow guardians to healthy alternatives for snacks that were tasty yet nutritious.

Some of her interesting creations included Ragi pancakes made of Ragi flour, eggs, curd, and milk, giving a healthy twist to the regular flour-based pancakes.

Another unique substitute she presented was whipped soy cream as opposed to regular and calorie-laden whipped cream.

So what are the healthier option she prefers at home?

It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.
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“I do bake pizza’s at home, and when I do so, I ensure I also make the sauce at home and not use the canned one. I ensure I put enough veggies on it and also roll out a really thin base so that flour to veggie ratio is minimum.

“I don’t like to use packed goods to put in my food and always prefer fresh food. In terms of pasta, I have switched from using the regular store-bought pasta to rice pasta which is gluten-free and really nice.

“It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.

“All mothers try to give the best to their children, but I feel mothers are somehow fighting the bigger demons of advertising against healthy food,” she said.

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Maria says that the healthiest thing you can pack for your kids is fruit and dry nuts. “It’s the healthiest and power packed food you can give them.

“Another thing I do is that I keep roasted chicken ready at home, and roll it up with chapati. I also keep Keema Kebab and hummus ready for a quick snack since that’s tasty as well as nutritious,” she said. (IANS)

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Child’s Health Also Impacted By The Father’s Exercise Routine

The researchers also found that exercise helped even with a poor diet.

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Fathers’ Exercise Impacts the Health of Their Children. Pixabay

Many people know that a woman’s health, including her diet and exercise habits, can impact the health of her baby even before she gets pregnant. But, until recently, little was known about a father’s diet and exercise choices.

Matthew Hurt is teaching his young sons how to hit a baseball. He wants them to enjoy sports and exercising.

“I want it to be just natural for them. I don’t want it to be a chore. I want them to just want to go outside, want to be active and enjoy life to its fullest.”

Impact of exercise

A study at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center looked at the impact of fathers’ exercise habits on their offspring.

Kristin Stanford is a member of Ohio State’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center. She co-led the study. The results showed that even moderate exercise before a baby was conceived “resulted in an improved metabolic health in their adult offspring. Essentially, it improved their glucose metabolism, decreased body weight and increased their insulin sensitivity.”

The World Health Organization says 1 in 4 adults worldwide are dangerously inactive. That increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

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A man twirls a young baby on a waterfront park as downtown Seattle disappears in a smoky haze behind, Aug. 19, 2018. VOA

Inactivity also has social and economic consequences.

The research at Ohio State was done in mice. More work needs to be done to see if it applies to people as well.

“The idea would be that if you have a dad who wants to have a baby, if they would exercise maybe just a month prior to conception, that would have a really dramatic effect on their child’s life.”

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Exposure to smoking in childhood thickens arteries’ walls which, in turn, ups the risks of heart attack and stroke. Pixabay

Poor diet? Just exercise

The researchers also found that exercise helped even with a poor diet. Sedentary mice fed a high fat diet passed along negative health issues like obesity and insulin resistance, but those effects were completely reversed by exercise.

Also Read: Top Health Habits Which Parents Can Teach Their Children

“A high-fat diet, even mild high-fat diet, in this case it was only three weeks, changes the profile, but exercise kind of restored it back to normal.”

More work needs to be done to see if the same applies to humans. But in the animal studies, exercise for the male mouse was key to the health of his offspring.