Foods to Help Kids Focus

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Right. Beside loved your line in your blog about. Quote Mom Guilt Magnus don't have that out there. I mean moms out there I think everybody's saying. We sure do whether it's about food or anything I. Think we're guilty. or at least we feel that way. Yes but I have been debt registered Dietitian. Let's see here for the past twelve years and I know this because I remember passing the RDA exam when I was very pregnant with my son my first child. So over the years I think I have had. A lot of experience just trying to feed my kids healthy foods. Yeah well, however when The order came to stay at home. What happened I was constantly hearing I'm hungry. What can I have for a snack? It's amazing at how much and how often my kids wanted to eat to be honest at first I was able to manage the situation on how often my kids wanted to eat but I have to admit that after a while I just threw up my hands in food exhaustion exhaustion and just started to say, yes to whatever they wanted to eat. Now remember I'm a Dietitian and food is very important to me. So I wasn't feeling very good about what they were choosing to eat. Yes. In the short term, I found it was easier to just let my kids eat whatever they wanted but I knew that it was not what I wanted for my kids over the long term. and. Just like any parent listening I, want to feed my kids food supports their body and their brain and as reality of this Cova situation set in I realized that we're all in the same position and we could be for many more months. So I came up with three simple insights to motivate myself and hopefully others to make good food choices a bigger priority and again. I'll share some of these insights with you in hopes that they can help you. The one of the first insights I had was. I want to see my kids healthy foods because they build strong bodies, well-functioning brains, and disease resistant immune systems. All very important reasons absolutely Ashley Right now especially right now that immune support immune systems, you have to have a really strong immune system right now, right because if we come in contact with that virus, we want to be able to fight it off or if we get it, we wanna be able to not have horrible symptoms are. Horrible reaction exactly The second insight, poor food choices like processed foods equal. Poor Focus and poor concentration. Frankly, now that I've been forced into a new role as a Teacher's assistant. A role that I'm not super excited about. I don't want learning for my kids to be more difficult for them, which in turn would make my job more difficult. But most importantly, I want learning to be fun exciting meaningful challenging. Yes. But not difficult. So that was my second insight. And third maybe the most important in the short term and kind of looking through my parenting I as poor food choices leads to poor behavior and that is so well documented Theresa's so you know. But now you're you can see it at home. verstand stand yes and the reality is, is we as families are at home together hour after hour and for my personal sanity and their Stu Yeah Right. We need to get along and be able to work together peacefully. So. These are really difficult times for all of us. So we want to share some tips on how you can help your kids focus and learn as much as possible, and also make it easier for you as parents out there in this covert situation. So. Yes. Staying away from those process than convenient foods convenience type foods. And Feeding Your family real food. Unfortunately, it does take more time initially. But as you develop these real food habits and you start to see the results you're going to say I'm so glad I'm making that extra effort to feed my family real food. Because my kids are special and have their own unique abilities and talents, and that should be true for every parent out there. One of the first steps I took to make that the good food choices a priority again was to set up a meal schedule I tried to stay with the schedule every day because I found my kids do better with consistency they feel more secure when they have a schedule and structure. They know when breakfast will be. They know one, they'll have lunch when it's okay to have snacks and what time to expect dinner. and honestly is not very surprising that kids and really adults to do better and feel better when they have a scheduled to follow. The first couple of days were a little rough for the food schedule but after a few days, maybe a week or so there was a rhythm to each day that made my feel more balanced in this unsettling time. Yes. Schedules

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