submitted By Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner, Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com
In December we discussed the growing dilemma of obesity in children. It is a situation of epidemic proportion, which poses many questions such as, “Who is to blame?” The blame game needs to stop and people need to start focusing on solutions. What would happen if each head of the household made a decision today to be a catalyst for change in their own home? Everyone should want to be healthy, and want their children and grandchildren to be healthy.
The challenging part is that the vast majority of individuals do not know where to start. If one listens to the media, one would think it was possible to just purchase a product, which contains a superpower type of herb that is an anti-disease, ultra-healing, and a live-forever “one-a-day.” The truth is that changes need to be made one at a time. Make a list of the worst offenders and those that potentially play the biggest role of the weight issues of children. The food list could include soda, (diet or otherwise), juice (the 10% juice and 90% flavored sugar water kind), cookies, chips, etc. Refuse to purchase them again. It takes guts, but the end goal is worth it!
Probably one of the biggest offenders is high-sugar, high-calorie, nutrient-poor breakfast cereals. Next, make a list of foods that promote health. The easiest place to start is with fruits, such as apples, pears, and oranges. Vegetables, such as green beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and salad mix need to be added daily even in spite of protest. Don’t forget about lean cuts of meat, chicken, and fish. Try to limit time in front of the screen and get your kids outside to run, bike, and hike.
A great way to jumpstart the healthy lifestyles of children is to jumpstart our own. In many cases of overweight children, you find overweight parents. Mom and Dad need to work on themselves and become role models. Making healthier living a family lifestyle will help to make the transition a lot easier and successful. Doing more activities together is the best way to go.