Is Your Busy Lifestyle Making Your Kids Fat And Sick?
May 23rd, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
Today, life moves at a crazy pace.
One that’s almost impossible for us to keep up with.
With jobs to work, families to care for, and errands to run, we’re always on the move. It takes all of our energy just to get through the hustle and bustle of each exhausting day.
Unfortunately, in all this craziness, we lose sight of the importance of proper nutrition.
I mean, we know we should be eating healthy, but time is so hard to come by. With our schedules, we feel lucky enough just to scarf down any meal, not to mention healthy ones. So we often give in and rely on processed food: the prepackaged garbage loaded with artificial ingredients and packed with empty calories.
Sure, it’s easy to “prepare.” It’s as simple as popping open a box of sugary cereal or sticking a TV dinner into the microwave, but it doesn’t come without cost. Eventually, all our bad habits catch up to us and cause incredible damage to our bodies, our health, and most importantly… our kids.
One out of every three children in America is officially classified as obese. One out of every three! And in “busier” cities like New York, the percentage is even worse, with child obesity rates hitting 40%.
It’s a huge problem: an epidemic that’s spinning out of control. And as our kids become fatter and fatter, the effects go way beyond lowered self-esteem and teasing at school.
Poor nutrition is literally killing our children.
With so much sugar — and all of the “white” carbohydrates that turn to sugar— in our children’s diets, diabetes is at an all-time high. And now, we’re even seeing high cholesterol and heart disease starting to become major problems. Conditions that, just years ago, would have been absurd to consider in children.
We have to put an end to this.
No matter how busy we are, we need to do right by our children. We can’t allow them to destroy their health with all this junk food just because it’s convenient.
But how do we do it? How do we make the time to prepare these healthy meals? How do we stop our kids from wanting to stuff their faces with junk?
Well, I have some tips to share with you that make it all easy. These tips allow preparing meals to fit into even the busiest of schedules. And even more importantly, it turns these meals into something your kids want to eat, because of how fun they look.
So let’s get into it:
Dedicate one day per week. Since we know we’re going to be busy during the week, the best way to make time is by dedicating one day to healthy eating. You’re going to use this day to do all of your grocery shopping for the week.
Personally, I did it all on Sunday afternoons, but whatever time works for you is fine. But by keeping your home stocked full of healthy options, you and your children won’t be relying on junk food. Especially since after you do your shopping, you’re going to…
Make your staple foods for the week. Take this time to prepare some meals for the week. You want to focus on versatile foods that you can use in different situations, just by reheating it. Chop up some vegetables and put them into containers. Cut up some chicken breasts and grill them. Cook up some beef and shred it. This way, during the week, no matter how busy you are, you’re always only seconds away from making a delicious healthy meal.
You can take the cooked meat (or chicken) and veggies, and throw them onto a whole wheat taco shell, quesadilla crust, or wrap. Add a little cheese and you’re minutes away from a meal the whole family would love.
Another versatile food my kids love is brown rice. It’s a great source of complex carbohydrates filled
with vitamins and minerals. And it’s so easy to make it taste great. It can be eaten alone with some spices or soy sauce. Or, you can even add it to the meat and vegetables we cut up and cooked earlier
to quickly make a delicious stir fry.
It’s perfect for when you’re short on time. And definitely much healthier than anything you’d pick up
from a fast food place.
But for a real treat your kids will love, go for a homemade pizza. You can find whole wheat pizza crust at most grocery stores nowadays. If you can’t, you can take the low-carb wraps we talked about earlier and turn them into individual pizzas. Just add some cheese and tomato sauce, stick it in the oven and voila — a great-tasting pizza, without any of the grease of your local pizzeria.
But what about snacks? I know that after a long day of being cooped up at school, your kids are going to want something to snack on. So they’ll stampede over to the cabinets to grab the gummies or rip open a bag of greasy potato chips.
How do you stop this from happening?
It’s easy. Just throw all that crap out! There’s no reason to keep it in the house. As a once in a while treat, fine, but every day? It’s so unnecessary. There are much healthier snacks you can make to satisfy
their after-school sweet tooth.
Cut up some fresh melon and put it in containers in the fridge. Slice up some apples and serve it with
some natural peanut butter. Keep some rice cakes in the cabinets. Replace their processed cookies with healthier alternatives, like delicious oatmeal raisin. Kids love colorful foods. So as long as you give them a decent variety, they’re quick to forget about the unhealthy foods you took away from them.
Feel free to get creative here! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring… it can be fun, and definitely taste good.
Look, we all lead busy lives. I know it’s tough at times. But we have to set the right example for
our kids. We have to get them eating healthy now before it’s too late. If they aren’t eating right now, what are they going to do when they’re the ones that are busy?
I hope you find these tips helpful. I think you’ll have a great time preparing these healthier foods,
especially the snacks.
Have fun with it. And if you come up with any cool ideas yourself… or want to see if one of your
ideas is healthy, then leave a comment or question below.
I’m sure we can come up with some awesome ideas if we put our minds together!