April 4, 2013 – Wyeth AQIVA launched “Food Talk”, an event that helped educate mothers about the threat of the Diet Shift, and provided them with empowering solutions for them to conquer this phase. Wyeth Nutrition’s AQIVA recognizes this problem, and has partnered with moms to help them secure their children’s health and nutrition, especially during the Diet Shift phase.
The AQIVA Food Talk was hosted by Delamar. To answer the question – “How Do you Cope with Diet Shift?“, Child and health experts, Dr. Bernadette Benitez, a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Specialist, Ms. Luz Callanta, Nutrition Expert and Lecturer together with the AQIVA celebrity mom ambassador Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski shed light on the top questions regarding the cause, threats, and ways of dealing with the Diet Shift.
The mom-to-mom discussions on parenting concerns and health tips for their children were led by celebrity mom and TV host Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.
On her own experience with her children on Diet Shift, Mikee shared, “I have three boys, and my youngest, Renzo, is four years old. I noticed that Renzo is starting to prefer unhealthy food staples such as French fries and ice cream. I know people expect me to know how to teach Renzo to eat healthy because I’ve already experienced this with my other two boys. But the truth is, it’s not easy. It’s always a different challenge with each kid when it comes to mealtimes.”
How Do you Cope with Diet Shift?
Let me share what I have learned in the AQIVA food talk on how do we cope with Diet Shift.
According to Dr. Benitez, it is normal for a child to go through a Diet Shift, as experimenting with new food, and developing tastes for new food, are all part of growing up. When the child gets exposed to more types of unhealthy food, and would start to prefer these over other food that are ideal for his age the problem begins. This usually heightens at age 4. Diet shift is for real. We don’t fight it. This is the stage when the child maybe at risk to nutritional deficiencies. The best things to do is to supplement and give proper nutrients. Turn off the TV and keep away the toys during meal time so that the child can focus on the meal. Keep on introducing and exposing to different foods.
“Proper nutrition is needed, especially during the child’s growth and development years. This is when he needs most of the vitamins and nutrients, at the right levels. Unfortunately, this is the same time that the threat of the Diet Shift strikes, and gaps in nutrition may occur. It is essential at this stage to supplement at-risk nutrients in the child’s diet and nutrition,” says Ms. Callanta. She explains also about malnutrition that they are refer to over-nourished and under nutrition Do not worry if your child took longer on the table because it will promote and develop their eating habits.
Mikee shared that to cope with Diet Shift, she keep on trying on introducing foods to her sons and if they don’t like it she do not force them to eat. She also promote fun eating with her family.
During the event, Chef Jacky Laudico of Bistro Filipino- the AQIVA celebrity chef shared the fun eating ways as she showcased her techniques in preparing meals for children. She always plays around with three main elements–color, shape and texture. The best way to make children try healthy dishes is to make them interested in it. The food’s visual appeal helps in getting their attention, and eventually they would be willing to taste the healthy snack. This is indeed very true because I experience it with my little boy.
She helped in teaching guests how to prepare their healthy meals that kids will enjoy. Guests even had a hands-on experience in preparing one of her kid-friendly dishes.
In the food photos above, you can use simple food shaping tools and include fruits and vegetables. The Lollipops here are made up of Sweet Potato (Camote) and simply add some little sprinkle candies. Instead of white sugar, brown sugar is the better healthy choice. Wheat bread is also good because they are high in fiber.
AQIVA: Promoting Fun Ways to Healthy Eating
“Aqiva proudly takes on the advocacy of raising healthy children through healthy eating habits and proper nutrition. We want to help moms instill the importance and value of healthy eating in their children, and at the same time, we want children to enjoy their healthy meals–to actually like what they eat,” said AQIVA Senior Product Manager Carlo de la Paz.
AQIVA helps supplement nutrients which may be at-risk or inadequate in a child’s diet. Formulated with A.Q.I. (Adequate, Quality and Important) Nutrients, AQIVA is packed with 40 ingredients including 25 essential nutrients, scientifically designed to support the child’s nutrition as parents teach them healthy eating habits, especially during the Diet Shift phase.
AQIVA’s mission does not only stop in providing nutritional supplementation to children, but also extends to creating awareness and spreading information on teaching mothers how to help their child learn healthy eating habits, to fight the Diet Shift.
“Mothers need to be creative when it comes to their children’s nutrition. There should be no shortcuts and they should not only focus on making meal times healthy but also fun and enjoyable to the kids,” shared Dr. Benitez.
Mikee added, “I make sure that I supplement the at-risk nutrients Renzo needs. I don’t want to sneak around concealing vegetables in his food. Instead, I want him to enjoy his healthy meals by using fruits and vegetables to create fun and appealing meal experiences.”
Overall, I am thankful that I was invited in this event where I learned techniques to cope with Diet Shift. I think most moms experience this kind of stage. Now I have certain solutions for my little boy who is currently experiencing Diet Shift. I like the idea of creating fun healthy ways in preparing foods for the kids. In Addition it reminds me to be more patient in monitoring and keeping my child with proper nutrition. I have learned that in this stage children are starting to develop their eating habits.
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