My eyes were drawn to a display this morning while dropping the Littlins off at nursery- It’s Childhood Obesity Week this week. I and my parents haven’t done very well in this area, we are all very over-weight, obese on some scales. It got me thinking: just what am I doing to help shepherd my children towards a healthy lifestyle? Here’s my quick list of things I am doing and hoing it will help my children to avoid having to out struggle with their weight:
1, I breastfed, because I was able to and it was cheaper and easier. (Well, once we learnt how to breastfeed anyway!)
2, I weaned at just after 5 months (despite health visitors advice to wait till 6 months), I felt both were ready.
3, I added very little, if any salt to their food and no sugar.
4, Little Man was weaned using a method called Baby Led Weaning, where he got the solids, un-puréed and un-mashed, to handle and nibble on. (I’ll share some learning of this method at some point)
5, Both children ate with us at the table and they ate what we were eating… or was it the other way around? This meant having dinner at 6pm, a little early for us parents, but I think we have all benefited- the children are not too picky eaters and got used to a wider range of foods and spices. Annabel Karmel’s books gave lots of inspiration.
6, Sweets and crisps were never really part of our diet, so avoiding those with the children has been easy. (except for chocolate, of course!) 😉 My Littlins do love their fruit and raw veg, and often choose that to some alternatives on offer at parties.
1, We walk: We have a dog and since the children can walk – about 1- they have often gone walking the dog with Daddy. In fact Little Man, now 2.5, has refused to go in the buggy for about a year now. Makes getting to places slower, but actually more fun.
2, We jump: My best ever investment for getting the kids moving has been our trampoline- There are not many days it doesn’t get used. I’ve even found a tent to fit over it to keep it dry. It’s not the nicest looking garden accessory, certainly it dominates the garden, but the hours of fun it gives are priceless.
3, We swim: We started going swimming with Little Miss when she was just 6 weeks old. Kept that up till just before Little Man was born. He wasn’t as lucky as his sis, as I was overwhelmed with having the two of them and there is very few pools a mum can go on her own with 2 under 5s. Both do, however, love water and we try to go swimming with them at least once a month.
What our next challenges are:
- We used to love hiking in remote places, I want to introduce the children to trails
- It’s probably time for them to learn to swim properly. (I was 4, my sister barely 3 when we learnt!)
- Little Miss starts school in September. The school is about 1.8mi away, which I can drive, but maybe cycling is a better option? (Just like her Daddy did when he started school many moons ago)
- I want to help my children eat mindfully, enjoying an ever-widening range of foods.
In looking into the Child Obestiy week, I came across what sounds a fantastic organisation- MEND. Just love their strapline- for a fitter, healthier and happier life. Follow them on twitter- @mendprogramme (Thank you MEND for providing the images for this post, when I contacted you.)
Would love to hear what you are doing to give your children a fitter, healthier and happier life!
Check out these are great blog posts on the topic:
|Slim soul diaries
Our children are born to be slim
By Anges de Lumiere