School Readiness – Healthy Eating
Put your child on a brain-strengthening eating habits.
Not all diets are for weight loss. Even children that have great athletic physiques are susceptible to the after-effects of poor eating habits, including fatigue, anxiety, poor concentration, and mood swings. You can help your child feel better each school day simply by adjusting their eating habits and getting rid of foods and snacks that are counter-productive.
Here are some healthy eating tips:
1. Purge the bad foods in your house. Open your refrigerator and get rid of the foods you know are unhealthy for your children including sodas, snacks that are high in sugar, and foods that are high in fat.
2. Create a healthy menu. Sit down with your child and create a breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack menu together. Create at least three different healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and snack time and allow them to choose what they want to eat each day. If your children help with the process, they will be more intrinsically motivated to stick with it. You can make it fun by having them design a fun menu with their meal options and also have them go to the grocery store and help pick out all of the ingredients. If you are struggling with how to create proper meals, do some research or speak with a licensed dietician that can help make a list of heart and brain-healthy foods. My wife and I actually do this each weekend for ourselves. It makes it easier to follow and creates closer relationships as you work together.
3. Lead by example. If your children see you eating unhealthy foods then you are contradicting what you say. Children are smart, and they will fight you on this subject if you don’t lead by example yourself. On the bright side, this is a great way for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle too!
*We would like to thank our good friends at Atlanta Taekwondo and SKILLZ for a good portion of this blog material.