Honestly, we all do want the best for our children. In my case, i can not say enough how important that was to me right from day one, that my baby live a healthy lifestyle. I do not know exactly back then when he was first born what all that meant, but I have indeed learned three essential rules that I believe promote healthy living for me and my whole family.
Eating nutritional and well-balanced diet.
In fact, before my son was able to eat real food, I never thought about the quality of food I was eating or preparing for our meals. Once he was able to join us for meal time and ask for food, I realized very quickly that the food I provided for all of us had to be healthy. I could no longer feed him the good stuff while my husband and I inhaled a greasy pizza.
He does want to eat what Mommy and Daddy were eating, so things had to change and very fast too. The whole scene was not as difficult as I had expected. I simply sat down and made a list of the foods I wanted him to eat based on their nutritional content. This included lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and very little processed and sugary foods. The next time I went to the grocery store I stuck to that list. Whenever I had the urge to throw in a box of cookies or potato chips I just asked myself, Is this something I want my son to eat?
Most of the time the answer was “NO” so I would keep on walking by. I am happy to say that my son eats a very healthy diet. He just do not beg for candy or chips. Instead, he begs for bananas, grapes, and blueberries. The bonus to all this is that my husband and I are eating healthier and feel great. Being a good example for our son has benefited us as well. In fact, based on what i am discussing here, it is all about being a good example for our kids. They really want to be just like Mommy and Daddy, that they will do exactly what we do, whether it is good or bad.
However, if we show our kids from a young age that exercise is fun and worthwhile, they will grow with it and enjoy it as well. My son is now three years old and loves to dance, chase bubbles, run with his dogs, and go for walks. These are things he already enjoys doing and when we do them together, we both get a great workout.
Drink plenty of water.
Nevertheless, some parents may be thinking that i am crazy but my son is over three years old and has probably only had juice a couple of times. He went directly from breast feeding to milk and water. Occasionally I will give him some watered down orange juice because, of course, he sees Mommy drinking it and wants to be just like me. But in general he only drinks water. For sure, he does not beg for soda because he does not know what he is missing and that is fine with me. Moreover, he sees Mommy and Daddy drinking water all day long so he knows it is a good thing to do.
Finally, what I have learned in these 3 short years is how impressive they can be. They want nothing more than to be just like us. It is an honor and also a great responsibility. I believe that by following these three simple rules my entire family will be healthier and most importantly, my son will grow up having already developed healthy living habits. I hope you find these tips helpful and I wish you and your family very healthy living. There is nothing on earth that could be compared to the joy and happiness that come our way as mothers than watching our kids live, eat and grow up healthy.
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