By: Jennifer Mandato, LAC
In today’s society we are always on the go and it can be difficult to engage in the healthiest habits for ourselves and our kids. These habits are not just about exercise but about what foods we put into our body and the relationship we have with them. While this is a challenge for us as adults it can be even harder for our kids. Here are some ways to encourage your kids to make healthy choices.
Talk to your kids about food
As parents you can name things your child likes or will not eat no matter how hard you have tried. Most of us have not asked them why or how food makes them feel. How do they feel after they have sugar? It may surprise you that they may say they like candy but feel tired or lousy after. Then ask them about fruit and vegetables? Helping them compare the way their body feels after eating different things can help them make better food choices. Keep this conversation going and keep learning together about healthy eating habits.
Have healthy food challenges
Make healthy eating fun! Start food challenges/competitions. Who can make brownies using sweet potatoes? Who can create the healthiest snack? Kids love their sweet treats, so make it fun. Show your kids they can still treat themselves but there are substitutes and ways to have sweet treats that are smarter choices for our bodies. Take this time to teach them about moderation.
Get active together
In our busy lives it can be hard to settle into a nice workout routine. Our kids are also busy with after school activities and then homework. Going for walks in the park, hiking or biking is great for your health but then also provides opportunities to talk to your kids about school and their lives as well. When the weather gets cold indoor activities like yoga or charades keeps us moving and engaged with one another.
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Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles