Sunday, February 8, 2009

10 lessons to pass on to your children

I'm still feeling very strongly about yesterdays article about our children in the Telegraph. How can we be getting it so wrong? I am going to share with you over the next ten days some tips on how to eat well and incorporate exercise into your everyday life - master them yourself and then pass them on to your children.

#1 - Fill and THEN go.

Too many of us rush around of a morning and don't allow ourselves enough time to eat. Imagine you are in too much of a hurry to fill up your car - you jump into the driving seat, hit the accelerator, get one block from home then your car comes to a halt - its runs out of fuel. It might not be quiet so obvious with the human body as we have an amazing ability to keep on going and going. Don't fill up on a regular basis though and one day you will come to that grinding halt. Your body needs re-fueling after a good nights sleep, it needs a good energy source to get through the day. Not only that, eating a good breakfast will speed up your metabolism and you will be much less likely to snack on rubbish throughout the day. This in turn keeping you healthy, lean at at a lower risk of health related disease.

Children have much higher energy requirements than we do. Send them on their way without breakfast and they will find it much harder to be alert throughout the day.

Habits = Health in growing children

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