- Serve dinner family style and allow your family to choose their foods. Have plenty of grow foods and remember to always include one healthy item you know your family will eat. Make them a part of their decisions. It goes much better when you allow them to have a say. Just give them the best choices!
- Don’t make it a big deal or force anything. The last thing you want to do is create a negative feeling with a healthy food. My rule is you need to take a bite of everything. But we don’t have pressure, we don’t force, we don’t make it a battle. There are enough battles and this is not one to pick.
- No thank you bowl- If they try it, and don’t like it, they still need to be polite. I have a “no thank you” bowl next to Brooklyn where she politely puts the food in there. No more toddler tossing matches!
- It’s OK if they don’t like it, no big deal. Maybe another time. I use examples of foods that I didn’t like as a child but now I LOVE. So I tell Brooklyn maybe we’ll try again in a few weeks. I let Brooklyn know it’s normal not to like a food. There’s enough pressure in this world!
- Talk about food in a positive way- establish the connection between food and body. Instead of just plopping food in front of them, engage in conversation about the food and what it does for their body. This totally works for Brooklyn, especially for breakfast. I tell her what the foods do for her- energy to play with her friends, make her brain grow and become smarter, or the strength to climb higher than she did yesterday. She gets excited that she has the power to make her body work!
Most importantly, don’t give up and go to what’s easiest. Of course they will eat the junk- so would we! Be their leader and remember there are some things, as a parent, where we need to be the ones in charge. They are not at the point of making the best decisions when it comes to their health- that’s where you come in and the family becomes a unit. This is how WE eat, these are the choices WE make, and this is how WE live as a family. This will prepare them to make the best decisions for their wellness and to be proud of their choices.
Michelle & Brooklyn
- Dance party!
- Walk around your neighborhood and say hi to your neighbors.
- Have your amount of screen time equal the amount of physical activity.
- On a rainy day, check out your cable stations to see what free family workouts are available.
- Go to your local forest preserves and botanical gardens on the weekends for awesome nature hikes and conversations.
- Find a charity walk or run and train for it as a family. Choose the charity together. Taking walks before dinnertime and on weekends along with talking about the charity can create a positive experience in many ways.
ENJOY your family, laugh, move, and energize each other. It’s the best form of exercise- nutritious movement at its best!
Michelle & Brooklyn
- Feed your family the right carbohydrates- avoiding refined or overly processed foods.
- Eat foods that will keep you full- full of protein, fat, fiber, and healthy carbohydrates that is!
- Focus on the foods that will make you grow and make your body function at its best.
- Mindful versus mindless eating- know when you’re hungry and when you’re full. Teach your children to have a 2-way conversation with their body.
- Get moving and be active as a family.
- Teach your children how to shop & make wise decisions for themselves- boost their nutritional confidence!
- Fat is not the enemy- choose the best fats for your brains, metabolism, concentration & mood (mood food!).
Stay tuned for more tips tomorrow!
Michelle & Brooklyn
I’m counting down the days until I board a plane for not only my favorite city, but for an exciting and surreal adventure on top of it. Not only am I grateful that my publisher gave me this opportunity, but I am also blessed to be on a panel on the last day of the show thanks to them. (XO Storybook Genius Publishing!) It will be 6 days away from my family, from my amazing Brooklyn, but it will be a week that will change me forever.
I’m totally nervous and have no idea what I’m in for, so I’m thankful all this is happening in a city where I always feel so confident and powerful in. New York City. The lyrics of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ song inspires me, makes me face any fears, and rings true to my soul with this trip…
“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York…”
“I wanna wake up, in a city that doesn’t sleep.
And find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap…”
“If I can make it there,
I’ll make it anywhere.
It’s up to you, New York, New York!”
And… it’s up to me. Cheers and I’ll update you on how the week goes. The book will officially be ready for purchase when I get back!