Did you ever wonder why, in this age of technology, medical advancement and seemingly health conscious society we have a rise in health care costs, disease and adult illness’ seen in our youth? Well, sometimes we need to look back to where life was simpler, food came from the earth versus a factory and families worked together, ate together and cooked together. Exercise was not something you had to go to the gym for, but was something you got from your daily life working, walking, playing and doing chores. Obviously, this is not quite as feasible nowadays, but… maybe we need to find balance and shift back a bit from microwaves, computers, TV and video games as well as overworked, overscheduled lives.
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Many people have chronic pain or ailments, usually stemming from inflammation as a result of stress, overburdened or overworked body and poor nutrition. Kids are diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD more now than ever. Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician, wrote a book called The NDD Book: Nutritional Deficit Disorder. (2009). The food and diet industry messages can be misleading and confusing. Many of us do the best that we can, given our lifestyles and knowledge base. It is critical, however, that we become informed about our food and what affect it has on our body and brain health. We must reconnect with food, mindfully eat instead of mindlessly eat and reconnect to our body and spirit needs. When we, as parents, take care of self by fueling our body regularly with whole, nutrient rich foods and moving daily, we teach our children to do so and pull them versus push them towards healthy habits. Monkey see, monkey do.
Here are a few things you can do to pull your family towards flying into health.
- Play with your kids, young or old. (Walk, play catch, play tag, play floor hockey, jump on the trampoline… give them your time while connecting through movement).
- Make time to exercise at least 3-4 days a week. Don’t’ want to take time away from family? Then exercise with them- go for a bike ride or run while kids are riding. Do roll the dice calisthenics… Dance.** Boys especially bond and open up more with others through movement and activity.
- Eat mostly whole foods and minimal processed foods. READ LABELS.
- Cook more of your meals and take time to eat as a family (the same meal). Sally Sampson, founder and president of “Chop Chop Magazine” (www.chopchopmag.org) said, “Cooking not only insures families eat higher quality foods, but it reduces food bills, and increases the likelihood of eating together as a family”
- Choose words carefully and own your feelings, mistakes and outbursts.
- Ask for help and delegate. Teaches it’s ok and teaches responsibility and consideration.
- Slow down and simplify. Don’t pack your day and your child’s day full of scheduled activities. Take time to be in the moment, breathe and enjoy now.
- Unplug and take time to connect with friends and family. Quality time=love
- Stop comparisons… they weigh you down and stress you out. Embrace YOU and embrace your child. Are you happy? Is your child? Are you doing the best that you can? Let that be enough and just BE.