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Apr/May 2012
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Technology -
Again, the culprit
is electronic
.
Even at the dinner table,
many kids
(
and sometimes parents
)
are
answering and sending text messages
.
Te
cell phone is never far from our hand
.
We
communicate through bits of information
and not actual face
-
to
-
face talking
.
It has
turned the world and the home into an
impersonal place
.
Scheduling -
Busy schedules
can have anyone harried
.
Te kids have
aferschool sports; mom has a book club
meeting; dad has a meeting at work
.
Everyone gets picked up at a diferent time
and when you fnally get home, you sleep
or retire to your own corners without a
word
.
If it’s not on the schedule some
people won’t do it, like sitting down for a
talk
.
Eating Habits
We have already discussed what we
shouldn’t do any more
.
But, the way to
get rid of an unhealthy habit is to replace
it with a healthy one
.
So, here we go with
some ideas that will help
:
Drink lots of water -
Water
gives your body an internal shower
.
Te
body is over ffy percent water so it needs
a lot
.
Whenever you sweat, urinate or just
move through the day, you are losing water
that you need to replenish
.
Sodas just make
you thirsty and spike your blood sugar
.
Tey are empty calories that can add up
quickly
.
One can of soda yields about 120
or more calories
.
Read nutritional labels -
Tey give valuable information about fats,
sugars, carbohydrates, protein and calories
.
Find out how much you need each day and
how much a serving of a particular food
yields
.
You may be surprised how many
Ways to return
to a healthy
lifestyle
take a turn cooking their favorite healthy
meal for the group
.
Plan ahead -
Do as much prep
work as you can for meals ahead of time
.
Fix lunch at night for the next day
.
Chop
veggies for omelets and add
-
ins for
casseroles
.
Use a weekend day to cook
meals and freeze them
.
Ten mealtime is
as easy as defrosting and warming in the
microwave
.
Eat at least one meal a day
together -
It might be unrealistic to
expect the family to eat together during the
day but make a pact to eat dinner together
each night
.
Tis sets up a precedent that
you will want to continue
.
Set limits on media -
Many
people gain a lot of calories because they
are mindlessly eating while watching
television or on the computer
.
Set limits
(
depending on age or grades
)
on the time
spent with electronic activity each day
.
Tis
leaves time for other activities
.
calories you give up in snacks, sodas and
other convenient foods
.
Keep only foods in
the house that are wholesome
.
Cook together -
Kids learn about
cooking and nutrition from their family
.
Both parents and kids can learn together
.
Also, you know what is in your meal
when you make it at home
.
Buy healthy
cookbooks to learn how to substitute
healthier fare for your favorites
.
An
example is making a homemade pizza with
wheat crust and your favorite fresh veggies
and lean meats
.
Let each family member