I’d never endorse children to stop laying outside but with the wintry weather approaching, staying indoors may be just what the doctor ordered. It’s a lot safer, far warmer and parents can have a firmer role in their children’s enjoyment. After all, playtime is ‘age-time’ and usually the period when kids develop social skills, expand their motor skills and learn more about who they truly are. What parent wouldn’t want to be a part of that? So below I’ve arranged an index of The Top 2 ways all parents can give the gift of health this holiday season
1. Instead of video games that don’t emphasize active movement, how about a Wii?
It’s no secret that today’s generation is sedentary and at high risk for obesity and diabetes. Our kids need every advantage possible. And although these, “exer-games” are no replacement for ‘real’ sports activities, kids who play them as designed and stay engaged, can burn several calories per hour above their inactive levels. Nintendo has come a long way since my days of Super Mario Bros. & Duck Hunt. So here are my choices; “The Black Eyed Peas Experience,” or “Michael Jackson, The Experience.” Both games keep you captivated and before you know it, a whole hour of fat-burning fun has gone by. Parents, I worked up a serious sweat so don’t overlook that challenge from little Anthony. This will work their cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility systems. The trifecta!
2. Cook with healthier alternatives and/or EXERCISE portion control.
To all you parents: there’s only ONE rule to triumphant weight loss -- reduce calories.
So let’s focus on eating only whole foods and not that processed junk! I can hear the voices now, “It’s too expensive to eat healthy.” “My kids don’t like nutrient-dense foods.” Yadda, yadda, yadda! Well listen, I’ve got the perfect remedy for that...Fresh & Easy. They’re cost-efficient and have an entire aisle filled with healthy alternatives to junk food (All of which taste AMAZING by the way). And with cutting back on calories, we have to make sure our kids are getting the most nutrition possible. Why not start with something that actually tastes great?
Second on our list is Portion control. If you want your children to lose weight, you need to make a change and this is one streamlined way of doing it. I’m a “fill my plate till there’s no available space” kind of guy, so last week I purchased new dinnerware just to trick my mind into believing that my plate was full. If you’re like me, buy smaller plates. And in as little as four weeks, watch the difference around the waist! Also, If you’re regularly having meat with your meal, it should be the size of a deck of cards. I recently saw a 7-year old with the “big piece of chicken” usually reserved for Dad’s plate while dining out a few days ago. That’s a big No, No! if kids associate these proportions with normalcy, they’ll never understand the concept of a true serving size. On top of that, let’s get more brilliant with our colors. And I’m talking veggies here folks. There’s nothing better than seeing lush greens, deep purples, bright oranges and lively reds on a kids plate. When I was a young, I always remembered my meals being colorful. As as youth, I may have never known what those vegetables could do health-wise for me but I sure did like a radiant plate of food!
Furthermore, cut down on fast food and/or eating out. If the kids follow these guidelines for a week, reward them with a night out. We want them to understand that eating for purpose should alway outweigh eating for pleasure; but eating for pleasure can be ok as long as its kept to a minimum.
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