With Mother’s Day coming up, I think we should pay some respect to our mothers and the health lesson’s they have taught us. All the “non-sense” your parents told you when you were a kid may actually be some the best health advice you ever received. We are keeping it simple today… here are six health tips straight from the mother’s of the world.
- No dessert until you eat your vegetables
How many times have you seen mothers on television, movies, and your own mother say, “eat your veggies”? Well it’s true. You should eat more vegetables. One of the first diet tips I give to my clients is to eat more vegetables. When you feel like eating an entire pizza, have some carrots first. Fill up on your veggies at the begging of the meal, so you eat less of the “bad” stuff. If you say you are starving but refuse to eat broccoli, you are not that starving. Vegetables are important. They are filled with only good things – vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, fiber, and they are calorie dense (meaning you can eat a lot but still not consume too many calories). So listen to your mom – no dessert you eat all your greens!
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Whether your mother said this or not, I’m sure someone at some point in your life has told you that breakfast is important. And I agree. If you start your day off with a healthy and filling breakfast, you will be less likely to overeat and consume sugary, processed foods throughout the day. For me personally, if I skip breakfast, by noon I feel like eating every hour for the rest of the day. Also, if I eat some sugary cereal I the am, I eat poorly for the rest of the day. Eating a balanced breakfast with a significant amount of protein will keep you full throughout the morning and help your body feel good for the rest of the day.
- Go play outside
Shut off the TV, and go play outside is likely something that has been said to every kid at some point. Video games are fun, and Netflix is addicting. But, movement is more important (and can be equally as fun) as your television. As kids, we moved around a lot. Children can find fun in things that as adults we think are exhausting. I remember jumping rope for hours as a kid, and now 5-minutes is tiring. Take a note from your childhood and get outside to move around!
- Always wear sunscreen
This one needs to explanation. If you go to the pool or the beach, you will see hundreds of moms lathering their children up with SPF 30. UV rays aren’t only harmful for kids… put that sunscreen on!
- No candy for breakfast
This kind of goes along with what I said in #2, but now I want to take it one step further. Current breakfast foods are loaded with sugar. Cereal, donuts, bagels and cream cheese, fast food, pancakes covered in syrup and whip cream… If your mother never let you eat candy for breakfast, you should not be aloud to have candy disguised as a breakfast pastry. Opt for healthier options like eggs, oats, and fruits.
- Make sure you get enough sleep
Adults do not have bed times, but that does not mean they shouldn’t. A normal sleep schedule is vital to a healthy body. It isn’t healthy to sleep too little, but it’s also unhealthy to sleep too much. If you are trying to lose weight and are struggling to do so, check your sleep schedule. A messed up sleep schedule results in messed up hormones, which make it hard to control the muscle and fat content in ones body.