What are the best foods to eat breakfast? What are the best diets to support weight loss? How can I build resilience to stress in my daily life? Are there any natural remedies for common health problems like chronic pain, high blood pressure, migraines, sleep deficiencies, allergies and many more?
There are many more questions from doctors, doctors’ groups, and even self-help magazines.
“There’s been an explosion of research that has emerged with the internet being such a huge player,” says Dr. Michael J. Greiling, founder of Nutrition for Health. “People can find health information very easily. The whole medical world is moving towards an approach of the whole person instead of the individual. It’s an attempt to make medical care more personalized. The goal is not to just identify the one or two nutrients that will fix everything. This is only one component of health.”
In addition to finding answers online, Greiling says that parents should also be paying more attention to what they put their children in the refrigerator. That’s because there are a lot of ways that children can harm themselves, whether by over eating, eating fast food or drinking caffeine.
“In most developed countries, we really encourage kids to eat healthy food and not indulge in junk,” he said. “You’re going to get a kid who will get to the point, say, of binge eating and eating too many sweets and sugar. They will be addicted to them and this makes them really unhealthy for years to come.”
Another common problem that children can experience is not eating anything at all at the right time. “You never know when your children may be hungry or having anxiety,” Greiling said. “When they’re sleeping, you might not see them eating. There are a lot of things like this that we just don’t see. This is one of the reasons why you need to have an eating-disorder program for your kids.”
In addition to the need to educate doctors, parents and other adults about healthy eating, there are ways that kids can help out too. “As kids get older, they learn to be self-disciplined,” Greiling said. “They know the right way to eat. They know when to eat at dinner when they’re younger and they know when to order pizza when they’re adults. They can learn from each other instead of trying to impress everyone around them.”
But as more and more families find that it’s often easier to cut food out of the equation