Sure enough, we try to teach our kids about healthy food choices and help them build good habits early on, but did you ever think about what you can learn from your own kids? When it comes to intuitive eating, healthy habits and general wellbeing, there is a lot we can learn from our little youngsters.
1. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full
Kids don’t turn to food when they are stressed, bored or feeling low. Instead they eat when they are hungry and stop when they’re full. Even if they only made it halfway through their favourite cookie, they simply stop eating.
2. Eat slowly
Kids eat sloooooooowly. While some parents get frustrated at this, you should try and adopt some of this behaviour instead. Eating slowly allows you to be more mindful during the meal. Eating fast or in a rush means you often don’t pay attention to what you eat, and your mind doesn’t feel satisfied after a meal or you feel hungry again sooner. Slow down, take breaks between your mouthfuls and try to avoid the rush.
3. Love yourself
Young kids are great at this. They don’t judge themselves as imperfect, less intelligent, or too fat. Instead, they are smiling at everyone, playing, and having fun. They are authentic and true to themselves, with no apologies, and other people’s opinion or approval of them is neither required or needed.
4. Live day to day
Every day a child wakes up, it’s a new day, a whole new world to explore. The curiosity to find out new things, the enthusiasm, the energy with the start of each new day is just breathtaking. Stop worrying about yesterday or tomorrow and live today.
5. Unleash your curiosity and imagination
Nothing is impossible. When kids play and create new worlds they don’t think about how realistic, expensive or practical their dreams and ideas are. They let their imagination roam freely and are curious about everything and everyone. Be creative beyond limits, for every idea and all innovative solutions first originated in someone’s mind as a question or as part of their imagination.
6. Laugh every day
A study has shown that children laugh about 300 times a day as compared to adults who laugh 17 times a day. Over the past several years countless studies have been conducted that show the positive effects that laughing has on one’s physical and mental health.