Elite Physical Therapy - October 2017

DO KIDS’ MENUS DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

Kids can be picky eaters. This is a fact recognized by parents and restaurants alike — hence the classic children’s menu featured at many restaurants around the country. These menus are virtually identical: chicken tenders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, french fries, and so on. Kids’ menus are loaded with fried foods and cheap carbs. Some parents love the kids’ menu. It makes deciding on food easier. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Kids’ menus are populated with foods practically every kid loves. But they have a dark side. Aside from poor nutrition, the kids’ menu changes the family dynamic.

from “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America,” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”) said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever let your kid eat from the children’s menu at restaurants and never, ever, ever make your kid special food to allow them to avoid whatever the family is eating.” Why? During his “Alton Brown Live!” tour, he explained that it comes down to control. By giving kids the option of the children’s menu, you relinquish culinary control to your kids. The next time you go out as a family or you make a delicious meal at home, they are more likely to demand “their” food. This is a habit a child can quickly adopt — and a habit that’s tough to break. Kids are picky eaters because, as parents and adults, we let them be

picky eaters. We perpetuate bad habits. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a Mom.me article, Dr. Cara Natterson suggests kids eat what the rest of the family eats. For instance, let them indulge in the appetizer menu, then build up to the entrée menu and let them share and sample your food. Encourage culinary exploration. When you encourage your kids to avoid the children’s menu, you give them an opportunity to expand their flavor horizons. More importantly, it helps them make healthier choices that aren’t loaded with fat and empty carbs. Make going out to dinner a learning experience, and before you know it, the phrase “kids’ menu” will have disappeared from your family’s vocabulary.

In an interview with Eater.com, television chef and host Alton Brown (who you may know

October Testimonial I have made great strides since attending PT at Elite Physical Therapy. When I first came, I could not bend or stoop without pain radiating down my back, and I was in constant pain, whether I was lying in bed, sitting, or walking. Standing was not an option due to a tremendous amount of back pain, muscle pain, and leg pain I had. With the expert help of Wesley, I have learned the

exercises that I can do at home to relieve me from future problems. I function at a much better level now, compared as to when I first came to Elite. I would not hesitate to recommend this facility to anyone, and I am completely pleased with the results of my treatment. Thank you, Wesley, and thank you, Kelsey. You’re the best.” -Jeanette Dodd

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