Today we are talking about simplifying food, dinner, and sleep. We are on page 116 of “Simplicity Parenting” and I am so glad to be reading about this topic today. I think whenever things get a little out of kilter, we can always “re-set” our families by going back to basics regarding mealtimes, sleep and rest.
Food. Kim John Payne recommends simplifying food. He writes:
These basic guidelines can accompany you down the aisles of your supermarket: Is this food designed to nourish, or to entertain? To stimulate? More simply, is this food designed, or was it grown? Did it exist fifty years ago? It is unnecessarily complex, with ingredients you can’t identify or pronounce?
Kim John Payne mentions that the number one priority is to wean our children off of high processed snack and junk foods. He reports in the families that have done this, it takes about one month for the palate to clear and the child to be able to recognize the fresh flavors of real food. Try seltzer water and juices instead of sugary soda. Set limits at home. Don’t give tiny children too many choices before they develop their own good judgment. You are really helping by limiting choices in food to whole foods, and in knowing that children need to try things at least eight times. Once you simplify food, you may notice your children actually becoming less and less picky.
Meal plans and dinner time. He also suggests Continue reading