Our children, our future…put your foot down and start pursuing wellness.

There is a growing concern in our country as predictions are children born after 2000 have a 1 in 3 chance of being diabetic. Many fail to see the magnitude of this crisis and it is a crisis. Diabetes is largely preventable. Although taking medications is helpful; why not address the source of the problem which is most likely poor diet and lack of exercise?

Children mimic what they hear and see. Start using the phrase “I choose to” rather than “I have to”. Do you see the difference? When we choose to do something, there is a sense of empowerment instead of the dreaded “having to do” something. This little tidbit will help in all aspects of life.

Childhood obesity is rising faster than the national debt. About 1 in 5 school-age kids are obese — 1 in 3 in some cities. The hope lies in our ability to change their routines and set new priorities on what is acceptable? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. To improve your health and your families, take action and make some changes now, for the health of it.

Heart disease and diabetes isn’t for grown-ups any more. We don’t need more drugs, we need to get active and eat better and when we make it a family affair, the family grows stronger emotionally and physically. Are you ready? Help your child get healthy now:

  1. Do as I do. Kids are often like a video camera with the sound off: They tune out what you say but watch everything you do. If you and your partner are obese, there’s an 80% chance your kids will be, too. So ditch the junk and be a role model…for the health of it!
  1. Make life a playground. Movement is essential to keeping fit and healthy. Turn off the TV, Computer and get the whole family outside for some activity or a walk around the block. Over 80% of habits are developed before the age of eighteen. Utilize this time well.
  1. Relax as you eat. Family meals should be fun. Engage in a fun and playful conversation as this allows everyone to slow down and savor the meal, so the brain has time to signal, "You’re full" — before you overeat. Plus, this creates great eating and communication habits.

My top recommendations when it comes to food: Drink more water (you’re probably dehydrated and eating when your body is actually craving water); do not have soda’s in the house and do limit them if eating out; keep fresh fruits readily available (make smoothies); and talk about foods and food choices with your children. Also, grocery shopping and cooking with children provides an opportunity to learn.

HUNGER AND FULLNESS SCALE

CATEGORY RATING DESCRIPTION

10 Stuffed to the point of feeling sick

9 Very uncomfortably full, loosen belt

Full 8 Uncomfortably full, feel stuffed

7 Very full, feel as if you’ve overeaten

6 Comfortably full, satisfied

Neutral 5 Comfortable, neither hungry nor full

4 Beginning signals of hunger

3 Hungry, ready to eat

2 Very hungry, unable to concentrate

Hunger 1 Starving, irritable, dizzy

Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

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