Motivation Monday

β€œAre you and your family practicing healthy lifestyle choices? β€œ

I am currently studying nutrition/weight management and earlier this week I researched the statistics of overweight & obese children between the age of 2-17 πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬
I was horrified to discover that 1 in 4 children in Australia are either overweight or obese. While this may not be the case for our demo graphical area it is an alarming statistic for our nation πŸ˜±πŸ˜”
Our children learn from us each and every day so it's up to us to set the example and teach them about living a healthy lifestyle and what it means to have balance. Sadly ,in the same study it states that 2 out of 3 adults are also overweight or obese 😬
As a society if we don't act now and start to make change in our immediate adult life the next generation (our children) will follow suit and their statistics will rise. Remember a child's lifelong habits stem from their childhood πŸ‘ΆπŸ»
So what can we do now as a family to ensure the next generation are not a rising statistic of obesity πŸ€”
1️⃣ Talk about the importance of daily movement in the form of sport, walking, swimming etc. As a family do an evening walk together, bike riding or a game of netbal/soccer or basketball at your local courts or park ⛹️‍♀️
2️⃣ Teach them about everyday foods such as lean meats, fruit,veges, dairy, low GI carbohydrates and sometimes foods such as ice cream, chocolates, cakes, chips, biscuits, fast food chains πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
3️⃣ When a child says they are full, don't force them to eat all of their dinner πŸ™…πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
4️⃣ Serve appropriate portions of meat, carbohydrate and vegetables onto each plate and avoid second helpings 🍽
5️⃣ Always provide a healthy breakfast such as yoghurt/fruit, eggs/avocado, toast etc and avoid sugar loaded cereals 🍳πŸ₯‘
6️⃣ Ask for their help to prepare dinner so they learn how to cook healthy food as they are more likely to try new things if they have been involved in the prep πŸ˜€
These are just a few things I try to do with my children daily. If you have any other tips or daily rituals we would love to hear them below in the comments? πŸ‘‡πŸ»
As a community let's collaborate and teach/support each other and our children to live a healthier lifestyle into the future. It all starts with you! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»
Are you practicing all of the above?? 🧐