Raising children to eat the right foods, starts with you the parent, are you a good example. Our children love us so much, that they're willing to go down the same path of what we eat, whether it is healthy or just OK. Do you start your day with breakfast? That is an organic breakfast, which is not loaded with sugar in (cereal boxes), or white bleached flour in (toast), or do you eat fresh organic fruit, with whole grain wheat toast.
Education on Nutrition Labels: When I go to the grocery store, I challenge myself to read the nutrition label on the back of different food packages, wow, what an education I get. When I find that everything we eat is loaded with white refined sugar or white flour (enriched means bleached) and that it has no nutritional value for a young little body growing, this little body that is screaming for the perfect nutritional formula that makes his or her little body grow to perfection.
Setting an example: My husband (66 yrs old) and I (49 yrs old) were blessed with raising my great niece Bianca Marie at 4 months of age; we wouldn't have been able to take on such a responsibility, if we weren't big on being healthy ourselves, so we chose to raise her organically, it is amazing 2 1/2 years later this beautiful little child has been free of illnesses like colds, flu. When it came to her teething or her baby shots, we chose products like Gripe Water made by "Wellemets made with Organic Ingredients", it's wonderful for colic, and stomach upsets, teething, hiccups in infants & babies. I'm totally sold on this product, it actually worked better then Baby Tylenol. For her shots, I would give the Gripe Water to her as soon as we walked out from the Doctor's office, and amazingly she never suffered from soreness or swelling from the shots given to her.
What is organic? In 1939, Lord Northbourne coined the term organic farming in his book Look to the Land (1940), out of his conception of "the farm as organism," to describe a holistic, ecologically-balanced approach to farming-in contrast to what he called chemical farming, which relied on "imported fertility" and "cannot be self-sufficient nor an organic whole."
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia answers this question; early consumers interested in organic food would look for non-chemically treated, non-use of unapproved pesticides, fresh or minimally processed food. They mostly had to buy directly from growers: "Know your farmer, know your food" was the motto. Personal definitions of what constituted "organic" were developed through firsthand experience: by talking to farmers, seeing farm conditions, and farming activities. Small farms grew vegetables (and raised livestock) using organic farming practices, with or without certification, and the individual consumer monitored. As demand for organic foods continued to increase, high volume sales through mass outlets such as supermarkets rapidly replaced the direct farmer connection. Today there is no limit to organic farm sizes and many large corporate farms currently have an organic division. However, for supermarket consumers, food production is not easily observable, and product labeling, like "certified organic", is relied on. Government regulations and third-party inspectors are looked to for assurance.
Introducing Fruits and Veggies: When we brought Bianca home to stay, we started out feeding soy-based formula, we found she couldn't digest milk formula; she would become deathly sick, throwing up till she was blue in the face. We started introducing her to (1) organic veggies first even before cereal, then (2) organic fruit mixed with cereal, and she absolutely loves eating her veggies. Then we started introducing other organic fruits and veggies, and at 2 1/2 years old she eats broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, peas, carrots, mixed salad greens. In the fruit department, she loves cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, tangerines, oranges, grapes, cherries, raspberries, apples, pears, pineapple, strawberries, etc. She loves organic salmon, chicken, eggs, raw nuts, peanut butter.
Leading by example:
We believe if you live an organic healthy lifestyle, you then teach your child by example. They see that you enjoy these kinds of foods, they are inquisitive enough to want to know why you like it, and are willing to try something new, even if they push it away at one time. By placing a variety of foods in front of them, when they have been introduced to enough, that you don't see any adverse reactions, you give them the opportunity to investigate new taste and delights; you should see the expressions on their little faces as they test each new organic food item. And by introducing your child to a new food item over the course of a week, what they pushed away one day, they may eat tomorrow.
Freedom of expression:
By buying organically grown foods without toxic pesticides being added, you are allowing your beautiful little child to grow into his or her natural self and allowing the perfect nutritional formula that makes his or her little body grow to perfection and giving them opportunity to be expressive in her likes or dislikes.
Supermarkets offer organic products:
What I love these days is that the supermarkets are actually starting to supply these organic food products on their shelves, and offering a major variety of these organic food products. Supermarkets like Safeway, now carries the O (Organics) brand, which offers everything from veggies, fruits, juices, salad dressings, cottage cheese, milk. This is a very smart move on Safeway's part, many people are starting to change their eating habits, because of all the awareness and how essential it is to eat healthy, to prevent major chronic diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, etc. I could go on and on about the adverse effects of eating the wrong types of foods, and the obesity, that our children and adults suffer from.
I can only encourage parents to read nutrition labels, and educate your family on nutrition. It is so vital to their well being and longevity in life; by doing so you may prevent diseases from consuming your children's bodies in the future. Look at this as if you're buying an insurance policy, AND your insuring a better future for them and their children's children.