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Invest In Yourself

Who doesn’t want to feel good? No matter what your age, race, gender, weight, healthy eating in combination with exercise will positively impact YOUR overall health. Yes, I said YOU. There are so many other weight loss products on the market right now that promise miraculous weight loss and boost in energy. The only promise they will fulfill is a dent in your bank account. The only proven way to look and feel better is through good old fashioned eating healthy in combination with exercise.

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Think of eating healthy as an investment to your body. Eating out is not only expensive but can lead to poor food choices. The top 5 benefits of eating healthy according to Heathline.com highlight why committing to a healthy diet can be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

1) Controls weight

2) Improves mood

3) Combats disease

4) Boots energy

5) Improves longevity

I get it, everyone has really busy schedules, but the gym doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. The top 5 benefits of exercise according to naturalbalancefoods.co.uk highlight why adding just 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times per week can change your life.

1) Get a natural high

2) Sleep better

3) Look good

4) Get a healthier mind

5) Improve your health

Do all of these benefits sound like something you are interested in? There are obvious benefits to each action but you cannot be successful with one without the other. Imagine the endless possibilities that eating healthy in combination of exercise will bring to your life.

Cook. Play. Connect.

Healthy kids are successful kids. According to the CDC, “Health-related factors such as hunger, physical and emotional abuse, and chronic illness can lead to poor school performance.” Physical inactivity and poor nutrition is resulting in childhood obesity at an alarming rate – it has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Obesity can result in other chronic ailments and contributes to depression. It may also prevent children from trying new activities for fear of being judged or made fun of by their peers. It is a dangerous epidemic that we need to stop.

It’s easy to point fingers and blame fast-food, lack of PhyEd programming in schools, and video games as the culprits, but the truth is many times the problem lies closer to home. Many parents simply don’t take the time to plan and cook nutritious meals or take the kids out for a long walk or a bike ride after dinner. They aren’t instilling healthy habits into their children. Yes, I know we are all busy trying to make ends meet. I’m a single mother – I get it. But if you make time to cook (most) meals at home and ensure your child engages in daily activities like biking or walking, playing outside or at indoor parks with friends, or swimming at the local pool, those things start to add up to a healthier, and more engaged, life. And your relationship with your child might just become closer and stronger to boot.

My son isn’t an organized-sports fanatic and frankly either am I, but he has found a niche with TaeKwonDo and swimming and he participates in those activities year-round. I limit video game time and the only television he watches is the occasional movie, usually with me, on the weekends. Is it hard to maintain and enforce these standards? Sometimes. But it would be harder to watch my son grow up living an unhealthy lifestyle.

We cannot control what our children do once they leave the nest, but for the short time that I do have a say over how my son spends his time and what he puts in his body, I’m going to make sure he has an opportunity to be healthy and active and hopefully those habits will stay with him into adulthood. Making dinner and making memories with your kid is way more fun than making excuses, too!

Here are a couple great resources for how to involve your kids in cooking at home, engaging in healthy activity together with your kids, and facts on how to prevent childhood obesity. For more information, just Google “healthy kids” and peruse the millions of hits you will get. Or join the movement!