Kids and Good Health: How to Have Both
Lots of things happen when you have kids. Your waistline expands, you lose sleep, you’re stressed out, and you’re sick all the time.
It makes you wonder why we started this adventure in the first place, doesn’t it?
So, is there anything you can do to prevent some of these horrible side effects of parenting? Indeed, there is.
Remember that your children are covered in germs. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that serious. But they are prone to picking up every germ that is even thinking about passing through your home. And yes, washing your hands (and teaching your kids to do the same) is imperative in the process of keeping the icks at bay, but remember that being well-rested and being active also helps keep your immune system strong.
Sugar is your go-to stay-awake trick. Wrong! Sugar might keep you going for now, but it won’t keep you going for long. The same holds true for caffeine. Get a minimum of six hours of sleep each night … and if you need a boost in the afternoon, reach for an antioxidant-rich snack like apples, red grapes, beans, and green tea.
Your meals have become leftovers. Face it, when you feed your kids and they don’t clean their plates, you’re tempted to pick at their leftovers. It’s natural. It’s a habit. And if you’ve never done it, you’ve got more restraint than I do. All those little calories add up and before you know it, you’re pants are a little more snug. Immediately toss leftovers if they can’t be saved for another meal.
Stress is your co-pilot. Stress comes with the job. There’s no doubt. And I personally believe that if you’re not a harried mother, you must be either medicated or Super Woman. It’s okay to admit you’re stressed … you wear a lot of hats. But constant stress takes its toll on your immune system, which only leads to getting sick.
And that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid here, friends.
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