Lessons aren't found just in a textbook; they are also real life experiences. Healthy living is subject better learned hands on. While knowing daily intake of calories and major food groups is helpful, it's the physical action of caring for the body with nutrition and exercise that matters in the end.
Helping your online student be healthy is more than reading chapters in a health book. It's applying principles and habits daily! In fact, you can also teach by modeling good eating and exercise behavior to your child. When times like Thanksgiving holiday come along, it's much easier to know the limits if they are already in place.
Here are tips to give your student for healthy eating, during the holidays and every day:
1. Start with a daily routine (for exercise and food consumption amount)
2. Commit to the routine every single day
3. Practice willpower
4. Understand portion size and eat healthy quantities of each food group
5. Know temptations and have alternatives ready (like bringing healthy snacks, leaving the room, limiting serving size, etc.)
6. Plan ahead for problem times like holidays where food is often served all day (Practice saying "no thank you" when offered treats)
7. Keep active during holidays (less lounging and more physical activities)
8. Give leftovers to the needy (help prevent continuous grazing by giving extra food to the hungry in your community)
Healthy eating is a part of a daily practice of healthy living. Start applying a healthy routine before the holidays hit, commit to it, and then you and your student will have good habits that last all year long (without the need to have New Year's weight resolutions after so much eating during Thanksgiving and Christmas!)
What's your best tip for healthy eating during the holidays? Share with us!