5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids
Which parent does not want their kids to lead a happy and a healthy life. We all do, isn’t it? and yet we fall to the trap of media who are bombarding us to use X products by brands and pharmaceutical companies, upgrade to fortified nutrition in terms of going vegan etc or even offering OTC medicines for overall health. With so much of information around us, it gets confusing on what to listen and what to discard. So to keep it simple, I have done some research on this subject and would be happy to share 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids.
But before I do, Let me share the basis of my research. I am an ardent admirer and follower of celebrity fitness expert – Rujuta Diwekar. Her thoughts on to adapt the native simplicity and grandma’s kitchen hacks is what I can connect my roots with. And considering how fit and healthy our elders have been, I guess it’s time we adopt to it rather then following our western counterparts.
Without much adieu here I am sharing 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids
1. Going Desi
India is the best country that has variety of food. The idea is we must take pride of our food and culture, eat desi so even our kids love to embrace local food. Like Ghee has been a part of dietary intake since years, we should consume it. Ghee is an essential fatty acid that helps to reduce or mobilize stubborn fat and yet we are against of it when it comes to giving it to our kids.
How many of you still eat pickles ? I bet we are a few, because we feel its too oily and fattening isn’t it ? I am not surprised kids even don’t know what pickle is, or how you make it and what fun is it when the entire family makes it together. But pickles provides your body with the right conditions to make your own B12 and also assimilate all of the vitamins from the food. It helps you nurture the diversity of good bacteria in your stomach. It is pro-biotic. And so i would say Eat pickle with pride and become desi !! Adopt to desi eating habits which our ancestors did.
2. Use Indian Sugar Substitutes and not Western
Stevia is the new Fancy Fad of sugar substitute which most of us are adopting to. But why choose those when we have so many Indian substitutes which is easily available, cheaper and most importantly tried & tested by our grandparents. We can make use of jaggery, sugarcane, honey etc which is easily available and are Natural.
Infact, I will share a surprising fact with you. The sugar that we traditionally consume in India, which comes from sugarcane is very beneficial. The problem is processed and packaged food that is high on sugar, particularly since this form of sugar is mostly derived from high fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity.
The World Health Organisation says we can have 8 – 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. If you eat like your grandparents, you will end up having 4-5 teaspoons a day only. Nowadays, the situation is such that we don’t take any sugar in our tea, but have two biscuits (packaged food) in our hand.
3. Motherland offers Variety food
If you need variety in your meals, it’s best to use ingredients which grow on our soil and gives a different texture to our taste buds. Say for example you eat Roti for lunch everyday, but it gets boring. You can make roti made from different ingredients each day (as shown in the image). This is the best way we can get kids use to different flavours of food and at the same time do not worry about their health
Eat Seasonal fruits, vegetables and grains. The reason they are seasonal is because they help the body to stay healthy during season transition and also increase our immunity.
4. Go Green
Do not use Plastic for your kids or even yourself. In this era of microwaves and ovens our usage of plastic has increased. So its best to make use of steel and glass materials in our day to day life. If you want to pack your kids lunch box than make use of steel snack box. Serve the kid meal in a steel plate.
5. Follow the 80:20 rule
Since we are so use to following and adapting to the western culture than its best to follow the 80:20 rule in your daily life. It’s simple – 80% times adopt to the indian way of living when it comes to food, using steel etc. 20% do what you are craving for. So if you want to eat burgers than make one and eat it, but ensure you eat indian desi meal the rest of your day. This way you will be able to balance your body and heart and it will be a win win for all.
Adopting to your roots is not a difficult task, since you have lived it in your childhood. But make sure you give the same environment to your child and make him respect your food and culture and I assure you that your kids will be happy and healthy.
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