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In my previous post, I shared how 6-year-old girls are starting to develop breasts!
What’s Really Going On here?
Today, over 2/3 Americans are overweight or obese.
This is a combination of sedentary lifestyles and that notorious Standard American Diet. I call it the SAD diet. And it’s so SAD these days…
You know what I’m talking about… Fried, fast foods, 44oz sodas, candy like every day is Halloween, and all that other junk food Americans have become addicted to.
I’m calling you out Starbucks!
With your Grande Mocha, extra caramel and chocolate chips, fat gaining morning “pick-me-ups!” You’re liquids are just as bad as McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, and KFC! I digress though…
Americans haven’t always been so overweight or obese. In fact, we’re the fattest we’ve ever been in history…
And as the number of obese adults continues to climb, so do the percentages of overweight and obese children.
The dream was for our kids to grow beyond our success and abundance…
Not to succeed in growing beyond our own abundant waistlines.
Childhood Obesity Begins With Psychology
On a psychological level, the same thing is true for other behaviors.
I remember pushing my toy lawnmower right behind my dad when I was a little boy. Your child probably pretends to talk on the phone as you do, and every parent knows what happens when a bad word slips out in front of their toddler.
Kids do what their parents do, say what they say, share the same thoughts, attitudes, and opinions on a wide array of topics…
And I 100% know the same thing is true with health, nutrition, and fitness.
How Can We Turn This Around?
Leverage children’s innate desires and natural instinct to mimic our behaviors
This is how our children learn and develop feelings, behaviors, and attitudes… By observing and mimicking the people in the environment around them.
If parents don’t eat and enjoy fruits and veggies, then their kids likely won’t enjoy or eat fruit and veggies.
If parents don’t enjoy or routinely exercise, then their kids aren’t likely to enjoy or routinely exercise.
Sure, there are exceptions, but the exceptions are few… And the reality is large.
Don’t think so? I employ you to check out the staggering statistics about why 6 year old girls have breasts
The Psychological Solution First
1) Words Are Tremendously Powerful
Remember that your kid’s habits, behaviors, and attitudes towards anything are incredibly, heavily, insanely influenced by what you do and say.
This will probably require behavior change in yourself, but get positive about healthier foods and all their benefits. Your child will notice this shift in thinking and over time, this will have a dramatic influence in sculpting their positive attitude towards healthy foods.
2) Make It About Them
When you make it about your child, and talk to them with language that makes sense to them, they’re instantly more receptive and likely to respond positively…
Eating your vegetables will…
- Help you grow tall and strong
- Be a better student and get better grades
- Help you feel better and get sick less
While genetics play a large role in these three things, the fact of the matter is that your kids are unable to live up to their full genetic potential if they don’t have the quality nutrients to do so.
3) Do As I Say… And As I Do
You’ll have greater success with your kids eating healthier if you eat the healthier food with them, but that’s just the first part though.
Because their watching and observing your every move…
Even if you don’t enjoy eating healthier foods, do it with a smile on your face. A smile goes a long way and so does a frown or an unpleasant look. Get this right and you’ll make faster progress in your child’s life-long habits, beliefs, and attitudes toward healthier foods…
Just like raising your kids, or anything else worth doing in life, this will take consistency, determination, and a long-term approach. You probably won’t develop the next iconic celebrity nutritionist in 3 weeks, but in time you’ll help build the lifestyle of an incredibly healthy person.
Now, here’s some nutrition advice that will help make your job a little easier…
Super Food Snacks Second
1) Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Peppers
Of course, I recommend getting organic bell peppers, but these guys are a quick and healthy snack that your kids will enjoy. They are loaded with vitamin A, B6, C, K, fiber, and antioxidants.
Colored bell peppers (not green) taste sweet, are beautifully colored, and don’t require any cooking. Just wash well, slice, serve, and enjoy.
When picking out your bell peppers at the store, choose those that are firm and have a strong smell. Avoid the ones that look wrinkly or don’t really have much smell.
These are best when you can get them organic, but strawberries are incredibly healthy and delicious. They’re good sources of vitamin C, dietary fiber, manganese, antioxidants, and kids love their sweetness.
Since the nutrition value of strawberries declines with each day they are sitting on the shelf or in your fridge, it is best to eat them soon after purchasing. Be sure to wash them well, but only just before eating.
You can also get them frozen and make homemade vanilla strawberry shakes!
Throw the frozen berries in a blender, along with a half scoop of vanilla protein powder, and add milk. You can also add a little bit of ice for those hot summer days.
Cucumbers are pretty cool because you can slice them up nicely into cucumber chips, replacing Doritos, Fritos, or any other Trans fat loaded snacks. They are good sources of potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, vitamin K, B5, and silica, which is an essential mineral for connective tissue, skin, nails, and hair.
Choose cucumbers that are firm and have a consistent coloring of medium to dark green.
Cucumber chips are best when you’ve got some dip to scoop up…
Which brings me to my 4th Super Food Snack Suggestion…
These green guys are a good source of quality Omega-3 fats, which is essential for brain health and performing well in school, numerous antioxidants, vitamin E, K, potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Not to mention that they taste great.
Chop them into slices or mash them and make my favorite dip, guacamole! One of my favorite ways to prepare guacamole is by adding a little sour cream and red onion.
The sour cream is a fantastic low-carb addition that gives it a creamier consistency and makes it go a little further. While these extra additions aren’t mandatory for guacamole, they do offer additional vitamin and mineral benefits.
Psyche and Snack Round-up
These are the Psychological and Super Food Solutions that will get your kids, and entire family, on track to developing a lifetime of habits that promote wellness, support hormone balance, and improve overall quality of life.
Remember how powerful your words and actions are. You have the most overall influence on your kids. Stay positive, stay consistent, and keep those Super Food Snacks handy!
In my next post, I’ll show you how to prevent childhood obesity with fun fitness! That’s not an oxymoron either!
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