I often divide my life into two parts: P.K. and A.K. These are "Pre-Kids" and "After-Kids."
After the children, my private life changed dramatically. But my two girls have taught me so many things, including how I think about nutrition. Here are just seven things I learned from them.
Your Kids Are Not Interested in Intermittent Fasting
It is much easier to be rigid with your nutritional approach if you only have to feed one person: you, but your child's needs and desires often replace your immediate wishes.
General heard," Oh, you are fasting and not eating after 5:00 AM? Well, it's 6:00 and her daughters' basketball drills are over, she wants to have dinner now. "
or AK, nimble and not rigid in her approach to nutrition is valuable to her mind and the minds of others.
Slowing is so valuable
Embracing eating time is one of the most powerful tools you have in your body An arsenal for connecting with your kids, says Brett Klika, CEO of SPIDERfit Kids and father of a four-year-old man the dinner. "Our tocc hter loves the process of eating, "says Klika. "She loves watching my wife, and I'm preparing and helping where she can."
Screens are mealtimes
I once gave a lecture, and then a woman came to me and asked how it was going. She could help her three-year-old make better food choices When the conversation continued, I learned that her daughter would not eat without an iPad, and said that both her husband and they are doing the same.
In our homes, we put our cell phones in another room, in a charger, and use them as a "landline" rather than constantly checking them, especially during mealtimes.
Once a friend told me that her daughter had asked her to "Listen to my eyes, Mom." Good advice.
Instagram Likes Are Far Less Important Than Food Really Likes
Wow, look at this beautiful smoothie bowl you created to create some love on your Instagram page Guess what, your kids will wahrsch do not eat. The goal of family dinners is to spend time at the table, not behind the lens in the kitchen.
There is nothing wrong with a quick mix-and-match meal that covers the food categories (some type of fruit or vegetable, a protein and carb). Bowl of cereal with berries and milk? It's good. Eggs with a side of baby carrots? That too. Popcorn watching a movie? Yes and you know what, they all survive.
Leave all control (well, at least once a week)
Who likes to hear daily what to eat? Not me. Not even my children, I learned. Therefore, my wife and I give up our power and give them "food task". You need to prepare a meal and (here's the best part) to clean it up.
Well, the food may not be all you hoped for, but it may surprise you. At least it is empowering for them. And often relaxing for mom and dad.