It’s the Parents’ Fault, Not the Kids’.
Let me begin by setting the scene we experience way too often:
It’s about 20 minutes into a workout, the athletes are warmed-up, done a bit of plyo’s and getting into some good movement or conditioning. There is at least one athlete you can tell is just not on their typical game and is trying hard not to show it. We move into the lift, and that athlete begins to drag even more.
The coach approaches and says, “what’s wrong with you today?”
“Not sure, just feel sick and sluggish.”
The next typical question for us is, “what did you have to eat before you came in?”
The next typical answer is, “chicken nuggets” or “nothing.”
“OK. What did you have for lunch?”
“And what about breakfast?”
“Nothing” or “cereal (loaded with sugar)” or “a bagel.”
OK PARENTS. TIME TO EDUCATE YOURSELVES.
Even if you think you and your family are healthy, please investigate further into healthy habits and proper nutrition.
Let me throw out a couple of my favorite groups that I follow for great ideas when it comes to healthy eating and new ideas:
I get it, it’s not easy to always get kids to eat healthy. It’s not convenient; it’s not cheap and it can be confusing.
But, IT IS LIFE CHANGING.
Set aside athletics and performance, and first just focus on creating healthy habits at home. Get rid of all the crap, processed food, and stop buying it. Start working on eating real food. Most of us have heard about shopping on the outside of the grocery store. IT WORKS!
I am not going to tell you that you should become a vegetarian, vegan or paleo, or follow this diet over this one. My best advice is to eat real food as clean as possible. So when you have a choice buy wild fish over farm raised fish. Buy grass fed, cage free, organic.
Primally Inspired always gives great tips on how to do this in an affordable way.
If your child has practice after school, let’s work on creating a healthy plan for a snack on the way. Not a last minute drive thru.
As always, all comments are welcomed.