As a parent with three young kids and one on the autism spectrum, I know how difficult it was in the pre-k days to develop a healthy whole food-based habit, and that issue has not gone away now, even though they are a bit older. Read how you can help your kids have healthier snack options.
As summer fast approaches, parents everywhere are making plans for what to do with their kids once the school year ends. One question that often crops up is how to get kids eating healthy during the summer. It’s especially hard when the onus is on them to choose whether or not to eat healthy when you’re not home or are otherwise occupied. Luckily, there are things you can do as their parent to encourage healthy eating—and, hopefully, get them to choose healthy snacks more often than not.
As a health coach, one of my favorite topics to discuss with athletes (vegan or not) is how they can improve overall performance by eating plant based foods coupled with the timing of when to eat them. If you listen and take care of your body, it will take care of you. Athletes need to eat healthy food, because exercise can’t neutralize the effect of unhealthy food in the body. Get geared up for peak performance by nourishing your body with the proper fuel at the proper time!
Getting their kids to eat more fruits and veggies is one of the toughest things for most parents. As a dad to three young kids, I know exactly how that feels since my 10 yr old son has a tough time with veggies and most fruits. But my other two younger kids don’t have the problem. So let me share with you a couple tips that we practiced with our younger kids to get to that outcome.
There are a wide variety of plant-based foods that promote athletic performance. Endurance athletes, in particular, can stand to gain speed and energy by using vegan foods. Spirulina, maca root, turmeric, ginger, and sweet potatoes, are just a few superfood ingredients that make their way into my dishes each day.
If you’re interested in learning about holistic, complementary, alternative approaches to health, it can’t hurt to learn about one of the world’s oldest practices: ayurveda, a Hindu system of traditional medicine founded in India around 5,000 years ago.