How to motivate your teen to make healthy choices.
Getting your teenagers to make healthy food choices can be a challenge. You want them to be independent, but you also want to guide them in the right direction. If your teen has ADHD they might also be struggling with impulse control and binge eating. Let’s face it, most kids would rather grab a bag of chips than spend time cutting up fruits or vegetables.
Here are some strategies to help your teen make healthier choices:
Knowledge is power
Bring awareness to how certain foods affect our mood, performance, sleep, weight, and long-term health. Your teen might find their own reasons to change their diet when they know the side effects of different foods.
Set an example and share the struggle
Lifestyle changes can be difficult therefore, it helps to get the whole family involved. If you are struggling with eating right, share that fact with your teen and discuss the feelings and struggles you have with making healthy choices. Then remind them (and yourself) that although change can sometimes be difficult – it will be worth it.