What's on that plate?
With plans of holding interactive sessions across the country, Himalaya Drug Company chose Chandigarh to initiate their sessions - Mums Vs Fussy Eating - at Park Plaza, Sector 17, on Thursday. These sessions are an effort to help moms deal with the problem of kids' fussy eating.
At the event, 40 participating mothers were addressed by Dr Gaurav Gupta, a pediatrician from SAS Nagar and Dr Archana, senior research scientist, Himalaya Drug Company. About the reason behind choosing Chandigarh for a head start, Dr Archana (37) from Bangalore says, "Chandigarh has a lot of educated population, so we thought initiating our sessions from here would be a good idea, An MD in ayurveda, Dr Archana further adds, "Our purpose behind this effort is to educate mothers who are anxious about their child's nutrition.
We also want to inform the urban population that the term 'malnutrition' is not associated just with the poor. Many kids from wealthy families also suffer from malnutrition these days.
Differentiating between the two terms - under-nutrition and malnutrition - Dr Archana says, "Under nutrition implies that the kid is not getting enough calories; malnutrition, on the other hand, is when a kid is consuming a lot of calories, but no vitamins, minerals and proteins."
Giving a solution to the problem, Archana elaborates, "Innovative cooking is the key. For instance, if a kid likes to have samosas, make them at home with a healthy, veggie stuffing, and serve them with mint chutney, to initiate immediate digestion."
Tackle fussy eating
Don't get paranoid if your child is not eating healthy; engage him/her in healthy debates, depending upon their phase of growth
Working moms must manage their work schedules right, to make sure they keep a check on what their kid is eating
Don't set a bad example. If you yourself are having a burger, you can't stop your kid from doing the same
Get innovative with cooking - refer to Google and various cook books for healthy recipes
If you don't have the time to cook, buy adequate nutrition supplements for your children