As parents it is imperative that we lead by example so our children become the example. Far too often we take life for granted and fail to improve our quality of living until bad news is received from the doctor’s office. But, why wait for degenerative diseases to strike?
Why not eat more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes now to prevent clogged arteries and reduce attacks from mutated cancer cells? If we know that sugar and saturated fat enhances the odds of diabetes, why indulge in soda, candy bars and pastries? If we are aware that our bones, muscles, lungs and hearts are strengthened through routine exercise, then why lead a sedentary life? We should be running, walking, swimming or biking on most days. Instinctually, kids will follow their parents’ lead and develop life-enhancing habits opposed to behaviors that increase life degradation. Instead of sugary drinks teach them how to make homemade smoothies or freshly pressed juices with their favorites fruits. Water, ice, flaxseed, banana, mango, kale and berries always do the trick. Try almonds and walnuts (good amount of Omega 3) over chips. My kids happen to love SeaSnax seaweed snacks which is a learned habit we initiated. How about an avocado pudding instead of ice cream? Banana, almond or peanut butter bagels (whole grain of course) are also a hit. Simply spread the nut butter on a toasted bagel and top with slices of bananas. Apples and nut butter are also a treat. And when all else fails just give them some watermelon or a mango and call it a day.
Kimatni D Rawlins, Founder, Fit Fathers