Okay, the year has ended (and what a tough one it has been), and we indulged through the holiday season. Hey – we’re only human! But now we’re in the new year, and if you haven’t at least thought about what to do better for the coming year, you might be in the minority…lol. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions…hopefully ones we can actually keep.
If you’ve thought about changing your lifestyle habits to healthier ones, then you’ll need to learn how to get through the first 30 days, as implementing new habits can be challenging! You may need to know what to do differently, and what to expect while you’re implementing these changes.
So many of you, especially after the long holiday season, feel like you either want to continue being healthy, or if you’ve slipped up enough, get healthy … again.
For many of us, we recognize we are not healthy so we may resolve to just work on getting healthy after the new year. How many people in their minds go immediately to the bathroom scale to check the post-holiday number when thinking of staying or getting healthy? If you’re normal, you’re doing this.
However, being healthy is so much more than just a number on that scale (which is only one of many health factors). Being healthy is about energy, stamina, how well all our bodily organ systems are functioning, and more. Has there been much damage done throughout the holiday season, or perhaps even the past years or more, and what are you going to do about it? Also, just as important, what will you do about getting your kids healthier?!
The holidays have come and gone … again. While they can be quite wonderful, they are usually also quite stressful. Many if not most of us make New Year’s resolutions, and then what happens? They somehow quietly go by the wayside. Take, for example, resolutions to lose weight. While understandable, and many of us gain weight during the holidays or just want to get thinner and healthier for the coming bathing suit season, the emotional reasons we overeat are still present within us. So are the old habits. So are the old dieting patterns, which often end up in a blaze of smoke!
Its Effects on Kids and How to Make Their Sugar Intake Healthy and Still Enjoyable!
With so many sugar-laden goodies all around us at the holiday time, both adults and kids fall prey to its lure! It’s hard to enter an office without bumping into sugary goodies, and it’s hard to pass right by stores, especially bakeries, without wanting to stop in and buy something. It’s hard not to say – just this one time (as if)! And everything is so aromatic. So many traditional recipes are handed down generation to generation, and frankly, the food is just delicious. We know the value of all the good associations we have with food, especially holiday food. But we also know what kind of effect it can have on kids’ overall health, moods, and behavior throughout the holiday season, especially when parents and kids are under a lot of stress.
Those of us who have or work with children with learning disabilities, especially Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD or the previous designation – ADD), understand that they can be a handful in almost any circumstance. However, when traveling, this can become nearly unbearable. Even just parenting them can be daunting, since it is hard to discern their abilities from their disabilities, and how much is well – just being a kid! Parents may feel a range of feelings, like inadequacy, anger, fear, grief, guilt, and more. Therefore, it is a great thing to learn to take care of yourself better. And the kids themselves also go through a range of similar feelings. Understand that, as well.
Let’s get back to traveling. Normal kids have a hard time sitting for any length of time, staying quiet and still. Add in some disabilities like ADHD, it is even more difficult to keep kids’ behaviors manageable. In one story published in ADDitude, a child was flying with her mother. A very astute and understanding flight attendant answered all of the child’s questions, and then she allowed her to help serve snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and collected the trash afterwards. This child was even permitted to make the “prepare-for-landing announcement!” Apparently, the other passengers were enjoying this, and they did not seem disturbed at all. Disaster averted!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.