10 Tips for Being a Healthy Role Model for Children

popeyeYou are the most important influence on your child as you do many things to help them including to develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. They will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods. When children develop a taste for many of foods, it’s easier to plan family meals. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time!

Here are 10 tips for setting a good example:

1. Show by example – eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with meals or as snacks. Let your child see that you like to munch on raw vegetables.

2. Go food shopping together – grocery shopping can teach your child about food and nutrition. Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come from. Let your children make healthy choices.

3. Get creative in the kitchen – cut food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters. Name a food your child helps make. Serve “Janie’s Salad” or “Jackie’s Sweet Potatoes” for dinner. Encourage your child to invent new snacks. Make your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low-sugar cereal and dried fruit.

4. Offer the same foods for everyone – stop being a short order cook by making different dishes to please children. It’s easier to plan family meals when everyone eats the same foods.

5. Reward with attention, not food – show your love with hugs and kisses. Comfort with hugs and talks. Choose not to offer sweets as rewards. It lets your child think sweets or dessert foods are better than other foods. When meals are not eaten, kids do not need “extras” – such as candy or cookies – as replacement foods.

6. Focus on each other at the table – talk about fun and happy things at mealtime. Turn off the television, take phone calls later, and try to make eating meals a stress free time.

7. Listen to your child – if your child says he or she is hungry, offer a small, healthy snack; even if it is not a scheduled time to eat. Offer choices, ask”which would you like for dinner: broccoli or cauliflower?” instead of “do you want broccoli for dinner?”

8. Limit screen time – allow no more than 2 hours a day of screen time like TV and computer games. Get up and move during commercials to get some physical activity.

9. Encourage physical activity – make physical activity fun for the whole family. Involve your children in the planning. Walk, run, and play with your child instead of sitting on the sidelines. Set an example by being physically active and using safety gear like bike helmets.

10. Be a good food role model – try new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal, when your child is very hungry. Avoid lecturing or forcing your child to eat.

Do you need help with creating a healthy lifestyle design that includes your family? If so contact me today I can help!

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Mavis Kelley, CHHC, AADP is a Certified Integrative Health and Wellness Life Coach specializing in nutrition, health, well-being, fitness and lifestyle design. For more information or to schedule a breakthrough session, please contact her at: Mavis@nspirehealthyliving.net or visit her website at: http://NspireHealthyLiving.com.

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Are You Looking For A Change? Schedule Your Breakthrough Session Today

logo-questionnaire1Are You Really Sick and Tired? Do you need help in finding that new you?

TODAY I am offering my help in a 30 minute “New Year Breakthrough” session – opened to just 10 spots.

Well, today is the day for you to take advantage of it.

Simply claiming one of the spots is simple, but you need to act because I usually get pretty busy with my other programs that will soon be released.

Remember, in the “Breakthrough” session, I’ll walk you through:
-Discovering what is keeping you stuck!
-Creating a clear plan and steps to move forward!
-And we’ll decide on the one step you can take right NOW!

So, if you’re ready to stop struggling and start living a more healthy life, then I urge you to apply for one of these 10 “New Year Breakthrough” sessions with me now. Again, like you and I know, people are tired and want to do something about, especially NOW!

So, either comment below or send me an email now and answer the simple questions below:
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: You must answer ALL the questions to be eligible for this “New Year Breakthrough” session.
1) What is your name and tell me a little bit about your _________________(concern) and what do you want instead?
2) When it comes to __________________what are your biggest challenges?
3) On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), how important is it to you to get these solved…and tell me why?
4) What do you think the #1 obstacle that’s kept you from solving these challenges?
5) What have you tried in the past that did not work for you?
6) Where would you like your _______________________to be in 6 months? 12 months? (Be realistic now, but do stretch yourself a little).
7) What is your phone number and e-mail address? I’ll have my assistant Tina contact you soon to let you know if you were accepted for one of these 10 exclusive spots.

So please email me at Mavis@nspirehealthyliving.net today with the answers to all of the questions above so that we may schedule your free breakthrough session today.

Remember, there are only 10 spots available and you must apply by Wednesday, January 14 to be considered.

So, for the New Year you can get some needed help! Send me an email today!

Mavis Kelley, CHHC, AADP is a Certified Integrative Health and Wellness Life Coach specializing in nutrition, health, well-being, fitness and lifestyle design. For more information or to schedule a breakthrough session, please contact her at: Mavis@nspirehealthyliving.net or visit her website at: http://NspireHealthyLiving.com.

What Type of Lifestyle Design Do You Need? Part 1

lifestyle designYou have probably heard this term a lot lately – especially from me – lifestyle design and are probably asking yourself what it means. Lifestyle design is something that is unique to each individual. It is about what is best for you and how you want to live. It’s all about choices, your choices. Understanding the different types of lifestyle design will help you decide what type of plan you want to create for yourself.

• Healthy lifestyle design – making a plan to eat healthy and live healthy; this might include diet, exercise, not smoking, not drinking, and so on.

• Fitness lifestyle design – this would include your fitness regiment – your workouts.

• Financial lifestyle design – a plan for your finances – investments, retirement, or saving for something big.

• Location Independent – A business that takes you across the global and all you need is a laptop to conduct business.

• Career lifestyle design – a plan to get the career of your dreams, in a corporation, hospital, whatever that means for you. However, it could be a 9 to 5.

Lifestyle design is about designing a lifestyle that suits you, if you want to travel then create a design that will allow for you to travel; if you want to get fit then create a design that helps you get and stay fit. Once you have figured out what type of lifestyle design you want you need to figure out the obstacles, tasks and projects that will need to be figured out in order to live life in the way you want to, take the first step that will move you forward in the right direction. Then create a plan that will help lead you there. Once you have created this plan you will be able to take action and start implementing that plan in your everyday life.

You were probably taught not to be selfish but when it comes to your lifestyle design this is the one time where it is okay to be selfish because it is all about you. However, family can also play a part as well, especially if your spouse/significant other, children are willing and supportive. It is always hardest to take that first step in anything that you do but once you do that it will be easier to take that next one and the next one after that and so on until you are living your dream.

Come back on Friday for more information on creating a plan for the lifestyle design that is best for you.

Are you in need of creating your desired lifestyle? Do you know how to get started? Do you know what you want out of life?

Mavis Kelley, CHHC, AADP is a Certified Integrative Health and Wellness Life Coach specializing in nutrition, health, well-being, fitness and lifestyle design. For more information or to schedule a breakthrough session, please contact her at: Mavis@nspirehealthyliving.net or visit her website at: http://NspireHealthyLiving.com.