Stuck in the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) lifestyle of too much poor quality food, too much screen time (TV and computer) and not enough exercise?H.A.P.P.Y. Families
(Healthy Approaches Powerfully Protecting Your Families)!
Whole Life Nutrition can help you join
Over half of all marriages end in divorce.
1 in 3 American families has a child or children with only one parent.
Families are often without the support of extended family.
Few close-knit communities: many people don't even know their neighbors.
Work demands at an all-time high: we produce more with less support in less time.
Many mothers are working and managing homes and raising families; some fathers
too, and even some grandparents.
More is being demanded of school children: more structured activities, more
academic demands and less free playtime.
Increasing Pressures and Pace of Family Life STRESS Fast Food and even Faster Entertainment
People eat out more than any other time in history
Less home cooking: supermarkets stock 30,000 products, most are "quick & easy" processed foods
Portion sizes are exploding: platter-sized dinner plates and 64 oz single serving soft drinks!
Cable and satellite TV and radio provide hundreds of channels of programming.
iPods can hold thousands of songs or several movies or an entire TV series.
The Internet allows anyone instantaneous access to an infinite amount of information.
The Results of our S.A.D. Lifestyle?
This was almost unheard of in our youth population even twenty years ago.
The number of overweight and obese children in this country has quadrupled in the
last 25 years.
According to the American Obesity Association, almost 1 in 3 American children
(over 30%) between the ages of 6 and 19 years is overweight or obese.
Unprecedented numbers of kids are also suffering from other lifestyle health
problems (that can go along with overweight) such as Type II diabetes, hypertension
and poor cholesterol imbalance.
Make a commitment to Healthy Approaches Powerfully Protecting Your Family
today and begin bringing health and sanity back into your home...
MAKE THE COMMITMENT:
We commit as a family to healthier approaches to eating, moving and having fun every day.
Nuts and Bolts (Family-Friendly Strategies) from the Whole Life Nutrition Toolbox:
WLN "Power Tool": Eat your breakfast.
The research abounds: children who eat a healthy breakfast have more energy, more mental clarity
and just plain feel better. There are countless studies demonstrating the connection between a
good breakfast and good school performance.
Eating breakfast is also a crucial strategy for getting off the "blood sugar
it will jumpstart metabolism, power the body up after sleep, and help stabilize sweet cravings
all day long — especially if you include some protein!
you help your kids by making their breakfast or, if they are older, providing options they
can make themselves, they will be much more likely to eat. If you sit down and eat with your
older children, the likelihood that they will eat is even stronger, and your health will
We agree to eat breakfast everyday.
For Parents: "I will have simple, quick and healthy options available for all of us."
For Kids: "I will wake up a little earlier to have time to prepare and eat a quick nourishing breakfast."
Nuts and Bolts Ideas:
- Running late? Grab an apple and a few almonds...
Weather warming up? Try a smoothie with 1 C of any milk (cow, almond, soy), 1 scoop of
any protein powder (whey, rice, hemp), 3/4 C of any berries (fresh or frozen) and a little
banana if you like it sweet. Mix it all up in the blender until it's smooth and creamy.
For extras you can add plain yogurt, 2 T raw oats, ice cubes, 2 t of ground flax seed or
a few sliced almonds.
Lots of kids? Try assigning breakfast duty to the older ones: once a week it's their
responsibility to get the fixin's for a healthy breakfast on the table for everyone. Try
"yogurt sundae bars" with plain low-fat yogurt, honey or agave nectar, bowls of washed
berries, sliced nuts or seeds, granola and cinnamon. Or "toast tasties" with whole grain
bread, toasted and cut in half, and jars of nut butters, juice-sweetened jam, sliced
bananas, applesauce, plain low-fat yogurt and cinnamon or ground cardamom.
WLN "Power Tool": Reduce the amount of TV you and your children watch.
According to the TV Turn-Off Network, the average American child watches over 1,000 hours
of television every year, that's more time than they spend in school! Depending on the
study you read, each extra hour your child watches TV corresponds to a weight increase
of between 2 and 6 percent! If you switch some of your regular TV time for active play
time, that strategy will have a double impact on your family's health: less vegging out,
We agree to turn off the TV's and computers for one night this
week and play games instead.
For Parents: "I will provide or suggest a few different game options like cards, charades, board games or just plain tag."
For Kids: "I will let my parents win at least once :-)"
Nuts and Bolts Ideas:
Try old-fashioned active games like hide-and-go-seek, freeze tag, Simon Says or follow the leader
Parents, dragging your feet? Choose a game that you loved as a kid. Clue? Monopoly? Sorry?
Let yourself be silly and really have fun — laughter is a great stress-buster!
Make Fridays (or any day of the week) a regular family "game night"
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