Struggling to feed your teenage girl healthy foods? If so, you are going to love this podcast.
Today Laura interviews Monica Bravo of Bravo for Paleo. Monica, one of our MOMables interns, tells us what it was like to make the decision to eat healthier as a teenager when it often was not socially acceptable. She has wonderful tips on food preparation and insights into what parents can do to teach their kids to eat healthier and love their bodies.
Monica started a blog about living a paleo lifestyle and eating grain-free in college because she wanted to show people how they can eat healthy while they’re in college. She likes to share information about her favorite places and products as well as her favorite easy-to-make recipes.
Monica shares what inspired her whole family to take a closer look at ways to improve health through food and nutrition and specifically what inspired her to change to a grain-free diet. She tells us what have been the keys to her successful transition and how this transition has changed her life.
In high school, having a diet that was substantially different from that of her friends was very challenging for Monica. How did she deal with eating out, pressure from friends to “just have one Oreo,” and explaining why she was not eating what everyone else was eating. She gives us tips on how to help your child or teenager prepare for situations like these. One particularly challenging situation was a spring break trip with friends. She talks about how she prepared for the trip and how slipping up actually helped deepen her commitment to eating grain-free.
Monica also talks about how important parents are in helping kids have a positive body image and an interest in healthy eating. She was a dancer for many years, and having a positive body image can be particularly challenging for dancers. She shares what her parents did to counteract that.
Now that Monica is in college, she is the one primarily responsible for buying and preparing her own food. She tells us what she does to make sure she makes the time to have a healthy diet while still having an active social life and school schedule.
Monica’s final piece of advice: Find what works for you. Care about your own body, and find what foods make you feel good and make you happy.
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