5 KEYS TO RAISING HEALTHY KIDS IN A NOT-SO-HEALTHY WORLD xSHG
Happy Monday, my friends! How was your weekend?
This weekend, I got to spend time with one of my best friends. I love catching up with old pals, as well as making new friends!
Today, I would like to introduce you to a new friend of mine — Serena from Simple Holistic Girl! She is here to share with you her 5 Keys to Raising Healthy Kids In a Not-So-Healthy World. So definitely stick around a minute or two, read her post, and show her some blog lovin’. Pun intended.
Making sure your kids are healthy in today’s unhealthy world will take work, but it’s not impossible. Everywhere you turn there are sugary, overprocessed foods and overused, over-the-counter medications.
What’s a parent to do?
Change is good, but you have to start off slow. If you go too fast it might end in frustration (probably more for you than anyone else – and your husband might look at you like you have two heads).
Nevertheless, there are 5 simple things that you can do so that you’re not driving yourself, or your kids (and husband), crazy:
1. Start Making a Natural Medicine Cabinet
This does not mean you have to throw everything you have out and start from scratch. There are so many things around the house that can help you with the most common of illnesses. Try experimenting with those first before replacing anything that you usually use. For example, garlic can help relieve hayfever (allergic rhinitis), cold, flu, fever, coughs, headache, and stomach aches. Lemons can help against cold, flu, throat infections, indigestion, constipation, and fever.
Try researching the benefits of certain spices and foods that you may have in the house most often – you can easily start with garlic, lemons, and honey.
Homeopathic remedies are also a good starting place. You can find these at the Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, and other local neighborhood natural foods store.
2. Take a Wait and See approach
Don’t automatically whip out the Children’s Tylenol or ask for an antibiotic prescription from your doctor. Conditions like ear infections and fevers can actually benefit from a “wait and see” approach. Matter of fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests taking a wait and see approach for ear infections due to the overuse of antibiotics which could make the illness worse.
Make it a rule in your house to have a limit of what temperature is no longer acceptable before applying any treatment for a fever. I know my kids fevers have usually come down (even if it’s a 1/2 a degree) within 24 hours. Simple treatments can range from a cool compress or cool bath to a more aggressive one like Motrin, if necessary.
3. Make Healthier Versions of Your Kids Meals
Kids are going to be kids. Why should you have to fight with them to eat better? Especially depending on your family’s diet, it may be too much of a shock to all of a sudden switch from fast food to lettuce wraps. Start out by preparing their favorite foods, but with healthier alternatives. For instance, if your kids love spaghetti, try using an alternative pasta made from quinoa, amaranth, and/or brown rice. Pick a low sodium pasta sauce or make your own. Chances are they won’t even know the difference.
4. Teach Your Kids About Being Healthy
Sit down with your kids and explain why you are making better choices and why you also want them to do the same. Give them a textbook if you can’t explain it how you want to, there are tons out there. You never know what kids are thinking. Perhaps they have a misconception of what a healthy food is. Maybe they think their new healthier food won’t taste good.
Getting them involved in meals can greatly increase their compliance. Let them go grocery shopping with you sometimes. Or help make the grocery list. Let them help you prepare the meals. They may be more apt to try new and healthier things.
Make it a game about what you’re going to eat/cook/try next. If you need to compromise, then do that. Instead of getting fast food 3 times this week, you’ll just go once. You don’t want them to think that you’re taking everything that is familiar to them away from them all at once, then you may be met with some resistance.
5. Ignore the Package Labels
Pay attention to the ingredients – this goes for food, medicine, and personal care products. The labels are not always fact-based and do not indicate the quality of the product. Get in the habit of translating the ingredient list (and nutrition information label on food packages). Who cares if the label says paraben-free, gluten-free, or no added sugar? Other ingredients could have been added to replace the “-free” ingredient and sometimes the replacement can be just as bad (if not worse). Head straight to the ingredients list and you’ll truly see for yourself. As you practice this you’ll become more and more familiar with the terms used.
Wow! So much great information there, Serena! I love that you mentioned ‘tricking’ your kids into eating healthier by just swapping out their favorite foods for healthier alternatives! I do that with my hubby, haha, and you’re right. They don’t even notice!
Do you find it difficult to maintain a healthy household in today’s society? What healthy alternatives have you implemented with your family?
Make sure you head over to Serena’s blog, Simple Holistic Girl, and see the many more holistic tips she has for you and your family!
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I’m so happy to have Serena as a guest post contributor on M&W! Thanks so much for sharing your holistically simple advice with my readers! With Love, M&W!
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