Eat And Live Healthy To Raise Healthy Children

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Increasing Number of ‘Couch Potatoes’ Children

It is reported that half of British children are couch potatoes who spend hours in front of the television and computer. To add to the dismal picture, they eat a lot of junk food, fast foods and ready meals, Experts have warned that 90% of children could be overweight or obese by 2050. With it comes along a whole host of diseases and sicknesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, cancer and so forth.

Take charge and take responsibility

Don’t wait for the government to do something. Take responsibility and do something. Don’t surrender your life to others. Health is within your control. Parents need to pay careful attention to raise healthy children. Develop good eating and lifestyle habits. Parents need to eat and live healthy first in order to raise healthy children.

What are you feeding your children?

Are you feeding them sweet cereals in the morning for breakfast, greasy sandwiches and sweet desserts for lunch, ready meals for dinner, feeding them medicine when they are sick? Then you wonder why they are moody or hyperactive, have short attention span, cannot concentrate and giving problems in school. Very often, it’s due to their diet.

8 simple things you as a parent must do to raise healthy children

Here are 8 simple ways that you, as a parent, can do to eat healthy in order to raise healthy children. That’s what I practice and it works. When you give your children healthy food, it gives them good energy, help them to be alert and concentrate well and no more medications that don’t solve the problem but only serve to poison their bodies.

  1. Have healthy snacks in your home
    The best is to make yourself. Store bought snacks are always loaded with bad oils, sugar and other preservatives and additives. You can have fun with your children as you train them to make their own snacks. Children love cooking.
  2. Make your own juices
    Freshly made juices are loaded with nutrients, easily absorbed by the body. Do not buy boxed or bottled drinks. Read the labels. Making juices is easy. Carrot -apple juice is a really great tasting juice to start with. Just take a little while to get into the habit. Teach your children to do their own juices. They would love it.
  3. Cook your own meals
    Prepare simple meals, meals that are as close to its natural state as possible, for example, simple stir fry. Try to avoid canned or bottled sauces. Again read labels to understand why. Do not overcook to avoid overeating. Get your children to help.
  4. Drink plenty of water
    Our body needs water to function. By the time we feel thirsty, our body is already dehydrated. Drink regularly and drink enough. Drink pure water, not sugary or carbonated drinks.
  5. Be active and exercise
    Exercise promotes blood and lymphatic circulations and burn off calories to keep us healthy and stay in shape. Do more outdoor activities or sports and get under the sun.
  6. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits
    They are a very important part of our diet. They keep our bowel moving, cleanse our internal body and build up our immune system. A clean internal system is a healthy system.
  7. Read labels
    Read the labels/ingredients to know what goes into your body. Stay away from those that contain words that you don’t even know how to pronounce, don’t understand or has an ‘E’ followed by a number. These are preservatives, additives or colouring. Teach your children early.
  8. Read and gain knowledge
    Read widely and deeply about natural health. You will be surprised at how much you do not even know about your own body and how to take care of it. Read and share with your family.

Do not be overwhelmed. The trick is to do it gradually, one item at a time. Every little bit helps. Your love for your family should be your greatest motivation. Just be disciplined and be committed and you will be very happy when you see everyone in your family lose weight and become healthier. It does take time to learn, but do keep learning and keep smiling as you make changes to your diet and lifestyle and bring up healthy children.

RELAX. ENJOY BEING A PARENT. KEEP LIFE SIMPLE AND TRAIN UP YOUR CHILDREN EARLY TO EAT AND LIVE HEALTHY.

Are your children healthy? Are you healthy? Do you have difficulty sticking to a healthy diet and lifestyle? How do you stay healthy? Would love to hear from you. Please share or comment below. If you enjoy reading this article do subscribe for free through my RSS (orange button on top right) or through email so that you do not miss any future articles.

Thought of the day….

‘Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities’.

Gary Smalley

Enjoy the video. There’s much to learn from Baloo the Bear to live life simple and train Mowgli life skills.

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2 Comments

Sun  on January 21st, 2013

Hi mary,

Me and my hubby are planning for a baby….
Can u suggest a Day starter juice….

Mary  on January 23rd, 2013

@Sun - My best starter or for any time would be carrots and apples. You can add other vegetables like celery, beet root and other green leafy vegetables. It’s really good to eat healthy as you plan for a baby. A healthy other will carry a healthy baby. Take care and all the best to you! Have fun juicing :D

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