Thursday, November 18, 2010
Question and Answer
My email has been filled with questions lately, and I try to email back each & every person as soon as possible. I thought I would start adding 2 questions to Q & A blog day.
Q: Should kids take multi-vitamins?
A: In my opinion the answer is almost always a big YES. Of course you should consult with your child's pediatrician if you are unsure of what they need or what kind.
Kids diets are even more unbalanced than most adults. Depends on the age of the child, but kids that are in school are usually in hurry in the morning, they grab a piece of toast, a little water and off they go. If your kids eat lunch at school then there are for sure some nutrients lacking, not to mention some added fats, sugar and salt. Then after school snack usually isn't the most nutritious, and hopefully if you are cooking clean meals at home their dinners are usually where most of their nutrients come from. So depending on the age and who is preparing their meals, they can be lacking some very important nutrients. You can insure they get better nutrition by preparing breakfast for them, or if they are teenagers just running out there door with nothing in hand... you can make homemade protein/granola bars, wrap them up individually and throw your kids' backpack or coat pocket. You can pack lunch for them, if you would like them to not eat the food provided at the school, and only offer clean snacks in your home for after school. If it's not there, they can't eat it!! Vitamins fill in some of the nutritional holes but clean, natural, whole foods are so much more beneficial to a body than a vitamin.
Q: How can I squeeze exercise into an already full day?
A: Prioritize &/or get up earlier! I know this sounds uninteresting to some people. I have a lot of people tell me they already get up early for work and can't imagine getting up earlier. It will get easier after doing it for a while.
Start by prioritizing your day. Write down all of your daily priorities, then go over that list and see what can either be delegated, or moved to another day... maybe on a weekend. For example: Work 9-5, cook dinner, laundry, pay bills, take dog for a walk. You can't put work off, so keep that. Can you move laundry to Saturday morning? Can your husband or maybe an older child help with walking the dog? Can you start paying bills online to save time? Can your husband cook dinner 2 nights a week?
If there is no way to move or delegate your daily tasks, then get up earlier.
I usually get up 4:30-4:45 to workout, shower, and be ready before kids start getting up for the day. I have learned that nothing will fall apart and no one will be hurt if the house isn't in perfect order, or if dinner is late or if laundry isn't done 10 times a week. My car isn't always going to be clean, my floors aren't always going to be shiny... but everything will be ok. I have learned to delegate and relax. Most importantly I have learned what is a true priority in my life.
After a 7-12 days of getting up early, your body & mind will adjust and it will be a habit. It will feel good to know you are doing something for yourself and your body and really ultimately for your family. You can't take care of anyone properly until you take care of yourself!
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