By now back-to-school season is in full swing at many of your homes. Evening swims have been replaced with homework help, and the chaos that can come with the new fall routine may be making it difficult for you to maintain a healthy regimen.
If you’re feeling tired and sluggish and your body isn’t in top form, it’s going to be difficult to find the energy to keep your family healthy, too.
In Alison Broderick’s article High Blood Pressure and Stroke: Prevention is Possible, she discusses how maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious foods and implementing a well-rounded exercise regimen will help you and your family prevent America’s No.1 killer, heart disease. I couldn’t agree with her more! Most people know that stressing less, exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables will keep them healthy. But the hard part is – how? How can you maintain a healthy routine when things are SO busy?
Here are some simple, easy steps to take in order to make your new back-to-school routine stress-free and create a sustainable, healthy regimen for you and your family:
- Stay organized: Everything a firefighter needs to put out a fire is loaded on the truck and ready to be used at a moment’s notice, even before a fire occurs. Treat your house the same way. Before the week begins, have everything ready to go. Kids love peanut butter? Make sure it’s bought and in the fridge before the week begins.
- Make lunches the night before. Even the best efforts to leave plenty of time to get kids ready in the morning can be thrown off by a last-minute homework assignment or a disagreement over what to wear. If you roast a chicken on Sunday, just after you clean up dinner, make Monday’s lunch and incorporate the leftovers. Be sure you’re including these important nutrients in your kids’ lunches.
- Get a head start: You know when you’re on a plane and they tell you that, in the event of an emergency, you need to put your mask on before putting it on your child? You need to take care of yourself first, or you’ll be in no position to help your kids get off to school. Get a head start by waking up before your kids. This way you can get ready and ensure you have time for self-care before the house gets crazy.
- Give kids choices – Sometimes the arguing over what to wear or what to eat in the morning is due to kids wanting to make their own choices, so prevent disagreements by giving kids choices that you approve of. For instance, ask your daughter if she would rather have oatmeal or yogurt and fruit for breakfast, before she asks to have a sugary option that will give her less energy throughout the day. Here are some more tips on how to help your kids eat for energy and ideas on what to cook for you and your family.
Sheri Oppenheimer is a health coach at Sweetgrass Spa in Little 5 Points and the Founder of The 100 Women Project. To schedule a FREE health makeover session with her ($125 value), call (404) 522-3223 or email Sheri at email@example.com.