A guest blog from our friends at Purium
School is back in session! Congrats parents, you survived another summer.
However, due to the busy-ness of the school year, the celebrating might be short lived. Early drop-off times, piano lessons, homework, soccer practice and hours of carpool are back in full swing and healthy eating becomes a little trickier.
But let’s face it, a busy schedule isn’t the only reason why it is difficult to ensure daily, proper nutritious habits.
The influence of friends, a child’s budding independence and the “choose your battles” mentality are other factors that lead to parents to give in to processed foods. Don’t forget the manipulative marketing ploys that lure children to specific food brands that are toxic for their bodies (to learn more, watch this Ted X Talk by Anne Lappe on “Marketing Food to Children”).
Here’s what it takes:
- Research: Do you really know why protein and other nutrients are so important for children (as well as adults)? What about the harmful effects of sugar (and all the hidden sugars that your child might be consuming)? And, are you aware that many behavioral issues have been linked to poor nutrition?
- Talk to your kids: Children are smart and they crave to know the reason behind an answer. Empower them to be their own advocates by filling their spongy brains with knowledge about the importance of nutrition and the ugly effects of junk food.
- Talk to other parents: You’d be surprised how common this problem is and if you find a group that are committed to keeping their kids’ healthy too, it makes it easier to keep your own child’s health in order.
- Planning: Meals, just like monthly income, should be allocated ahead of time. Example: “Henry has soccer after school on Tuesday so, I need to bring him a healthy snack (like the Purium MVP Kids Shake) when I pick him up from school so he can quickly re-fuel before practice.”
At YogaMotion we’re on a mission to spread the word about the importance of eating a healthy diet to support a healthy body and mind. Healthy families build healthier communities and, ultimately, a healthier world.
Check out this short video my son made about me and my mission.
Are you ready to join our movement? Contact us to take the next step to a healthier tomorrow.