Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Raising Healthy Kids

Everyday I hear more and more about the rising rates of obesity in our nation and the rising rates of obesity in children and teenagers. More and more teenagers are being diagnosed with high blood pressure and type 2 Diabetes...things that we used to associate with older adulthood. A year ago we made big changes in our eating habits. We cut down our eating out to 2x or less a week and cut down on the number of carbs in our diet. Did you know that 1 serving of pasta has almost the number of carbs you should eat in an entire meal? And how many times do we eat 1 serving? I know people get frustrated with school systems cutting out french fries and fast food places automatically serving apples instead of fries but we have to teach our children to make good choices. My son has had very few servings of mac and cheese but he has had many dinners with broccoli...if given the choice will he choose the mac and cheese...sure but he's barely over a year old. If there's no mac and cheese but there is broccoli he'll eat his weight in broccoli..I've seen it! I hear so many people say their kids won't eat veggies. My response is to keep offering and start early. If they grow up eating fresh food they will think that's "normal". Yes we eat junk food sometimes but I don't buy it often. If given the choice they will choose junk. Don't buy it. Buy fruit instead.
Next post: exercise ;)
Question for you: which do you find harder exercise or eating healthy?

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