Ok, that sounds silly, right?
But some things are so basic we don’t even think about them, and then we can forget to teach our children.
What’s more basic than good health?
Study after study has been done showing how important it is to eat good healthy food. For general health, for fitness, for immunity, for heart health, and there is a recent study which includes a balanced diet as part of a healthy lifestyle in preventing dementia.
Interested? Here is from an AP article on July 14, 2019:
LOS ANGELES — A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found.
People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with low genetic risk and good habits, researchers reported Sunday. Regardless of how much genetic risk someone had, a good diet, adequate exercise, limiting alcohol and not smoking made dementia less likely.
But do we really teach our children what good healthy eating is? Of course we are the models and it’s more than likely our children will just imitate what we choose. So how good is your diet?
Without going off on a tangent (that’s not really what this post is about), suffice it to say that eating whole foods, with minimal processing, minimal sugar and unhealthy fats is a good start. Load up on the veggies….we all know that but do you share the reasons why with your kids?
And stay away from artificial sweeteners! A number of studies have shown how detrimental these and other “chemicals” are to our health.
Stay moving, stay healthy!
This is more likely to come up in everyday conversation. Especially when you’re already involved in karate, or any other sport.
I think we all think more in terms of exercise and activity level for kids, or for us when we’re trying to “get in shape”. We need to teach our children that exercise and activity is a life long essential element of a healthy life.
Not just heart health, but increased immunity, disease prevention, reducing stress, and per above – also wards off dementia! Isn’t it important for our children to be taught this – not just in words but by what we model for them?
Smoking, drinking and drug use
Sometimes we think it’s so obvious that we might forget to instruct our kids. Especially if you aren’t commonly around anyone who smokes, you might forget to talk about why it’s the number one culprit in stealing our health (and our money!) Need more info? Click here
Alcohol has become incredibly controversial with some saying a glass of red wine a day is healthy, while others advise none is the best amount. Being a consumer of red wine, I am prone to believe the first! I would encourage you to watch a documentary The Truth About Alcohol. It is currently available on Netflix. Fortunately for me, they discovered that there is ONE group that a very small amount of red wine is actually good for — women over 55!
We live in a world where drugs are prescribed all the time. While drugs can be life saving, we also want to teach our children to be wary. Even life saving drugs become dangerous when used inappropriately or combined with the wrong food or other medication.
Make sure you talk with your children about these important topics: regularly, casually, and not reserved for a one time THE TALK.