Listen to this: I was watching the documentary “Fed Up” on Netflix the other night and I heard the quote; “It is the first time in history that our youngest generation is predicted to NOT outlive their parents”
Can you believe that?!
It shook me to the core. Kids are clean slates when they are born, and as parents or caregivers, it is our job to guide them with healthy lifestyle choices. We have the capability to reverse many diseases by swapping a few simple food items and putting ourselves (parents) on the forefront of self-care.
If you are reading this, I imagine you are a parent, grandparent or caregiver that cares about your child’s health. Perhaps your kid is experiencing chronic inflammation, or suffers from an autoimmune disease. Or maybe, you just want your kid to live a healthy lifestyle. Whatever it may be, I hope these tips and tricks help guide you to living a balanced life.
We all know kids are picky eaters or particular about shape/colors and textures of food.
And this is why it can be so challenging to get them to eat what you want them too. Because let’s be honest, a three-year old probably would want the goldfish crackers over celery sticks.
Since my childhood (not too long, I’m only 27) the food industry has dramatically changed. The original whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables are now being turned into food-like products, that are referred to as Franken-Foods. The rise of inflammation in children and adults is at all time high. The chemicals and toxins in our foods has forced our bodies to adapt. According to Environment Disease, children are now born with 100 more toxins in their umbilical cords. These chemical and toxins are being traced back to health conditions such as cancer and toxicity in the brain and nervous system. So, what is there to do about all this?! Get back to the basics.
Let’s start from the bottom. We must find ways to improve our children’s health, so we can prevent chronic diseases in their future. And that starts with parents/caregivers. When we take better care of ourselves, we set great examples for the next generation. Try to incorporate 3-5 healthy habits every day that can become life long habits. And start small! Remember, health is a lifestyle, not a marathon.
Here are some helpful tricks to get your kids active and eating well.
- Understand where their stressors and illnesses stem from. This is a game changer to adapt to their lifestyle. For example, if you child suffers from sensory issues, learn what triggers them. Certain foods may cause more stress than needed.
- Meal prep their breakfasts, lunches and dinners. When you set aside time to actively prepare their meals they’re going to be set up for success.
- Make fitness fun! As a family; go for a walk after dinner, head to the park for lunch, enjoy a bike ride around the neighborhood, or take the dog on a walk, etc. Learn what activities your child likes best and try and incorporate them daily. It builds stronger relationships with you and your kids.
- Learn where your child’s cravings are coming from. They may be craving unhealthy foods because they are inflamed in certain parts of their bodies. If we can stop the cravings in their tracks, we can maintain healthy options for life.
Most importantly, lead your family to a LIFE LONG journey of a balanced life.
The health and safety of your kids is the foundation of health; the greatest gift you can give your children.
If you are needing more guidance on how to incorporate better eating and living habits for your kids please reach out to myself (Rachael) or Tracy. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Childhood Nutrition and I can provide a program that will fit your family’s needs!