Are healthy kids by-product of healthy parents? … or are they born knowing the difference between healthy foods …and unhealthy foods? At the tender ages of childhood, kids learn habits that will stick with them into their adolescence years, and well into adulthood. I’m certain you agree…
Here’s my point:
TEACH YOUR KIDS BY ACTION, NOT BY HYPOCRITICALLY TALKING TO THEM.
Let me further explain:
I speak with a lot of parents about what types of food they are serving at the dinner table. Guess what? Their children will never have a chance to be slim and fit with the portion sizes and the quality of foods they are being served. NEVER!
Here is the fascinating part: In one breath, the parents are TRYING to tell their kids about how to eat well, and how to exercise… and then guess what? At dinner, the parents are shoving oversize portions of processed and high-fat foods right down their throats.
The best part? “Be a good boy now and eat all your food.” WOW! We are rewarding our kids by teaching them how to overeat……
Parents, I’m not telling you to stop every single thing you do and re-create a new life of lettuce and water…. and 2 hours of exercise every single day.
No, not at all. What I am telling you is that there are a lot of LITTLE THINGS you can do for your kids that ADD UP to bring them huge benefits in portion control and healthy habits. Here are a few things you can focus on:
1. Snack time– give only HALF of the snack, and save half for later. No child needs 24g of sugar at a time.
2. Multiple kids – split the meals and snacks in HALF. Sugary drinks? Dilute them with water…. help save your child’s life.
3. Television time– during commercials, the kid(s) have to run in place for 1 minute, then do a few push ups, and maybe a few situps…. this simple activity when added up brings HUGE RESULTS- and it helps to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime for your children.
4. Spaghetti O’s – At almost 2,000mg of sodium per can, there is a simple healthy alternative. Whole wheat pasta with low-sodium tomato sauce… sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan. Great tasting, and healthy, too!