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Infancy is defined at the period from birth up to 1 year of age. During this time, it is extremely important for nutritional intake to be sufficient. It has been shown with various scientific studies that depending on an infant/child’s growth and feeding patterns at a young age, it can influence their risk of various metabolic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. At 6 months of age is when complementary feeding can begin. This may require extra advice and guidance from an expert to ensure your baby is fed appropriately and that there is decreased risk for developing allergies or even picky eating.
Parents should be aware that their child’s feeding style from a young age can closely influence their growth and cognitive development later in life. Specific nutrients (macro- and micro-) play specific roles in the body and having a balanced diet from early on in life will not only affect weight but also overall health, digestive health, cognitive function, energy levels, and many more.
Eating a variety of foods is the best way to ensure an adequate intake of nutrients for children. Each infant or child is different and some may experience feeding difficulties, require more nutrient-dense foods or guidance related to specific disease conditions. Our Dietitians are experts in assisting parents with these situations.
Making healthy eating and lifestyle changes can often be challenging, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Healthy eating means that you are providing your body with the food and fluid it requires to be nourished. It does not mean that you are applying strict dietary limitations, depriving your body of nutrients, completely avoiding foods that you love or even aiming to achieve an unrealistic and unhealthy body weight.
Healthy eating is all about feeling energetic, having adequate nutrients for all bodily functions, improving your health and improving overall mood. It’s all about balance.
A healthy diet doesn’t have to be over the top complicated. One of the keys to healthy eating to replace processed foods with real whole foods as much as possible. When foods are closer to their natural state, it is likely to be more beneficial. Some key aspects of a healthy diet include:
- Whole grain foods
- Plant-based oils (olive, canola, other vegetable oils)
- Nuts and legumes
- Fish, poultry, eggs
- Dairy or dairy alternatives