Many of you reading this blog are mothers. We do TONS of things for our family's. We cook, clean, do laundry, wipe snot, chauffeur, coordinate schedules, comfort, love, teach, play, encourage...and the list could go on and on. A mother's work is truly never done.
Have you ever considered what your behaviors do to influence your children? Sure you have. You've tried to not say certain words, speak poorly of others, yell, argue, watch adult TV shows or movies around your kids. In the same token- you've attempted to set good example for your kids by being nice to others, putting others first, being generous, listening to uplifting music, etc.
But have you ever thought about how your eating and exercise habits influence your kids? Just like they watch what you do and say in other areas of life they also watch how you eat and exercise. Nutrition and exercise influence almost every aspect of your life. How long will you be alive to be their parent? How functional will you be during that time? How many hospitalizations will you need in your life? How much money will you be spending on medications to manage chronic diseases? And how much testing for these diseases will you need? Will you struggle with depression and anxiety? Will you be able to work long enough to earn a good retirement income and then be healthy enough to enjoy retirement?
All of the things that nutrition and exercise influences for you also influences for your children! It's so important as mom's to start modeling healthy eating and exercise behaviors NOW so they know how important this is to incorporate into their lives. My goal is not to add on to the mom-guilt you already experience but just to make sure you're making healthy habits a priority in your life and setting goals to reach specifically about them!
Set some goals right now for both yourself and your family. Increase how many vegetables you eat, decrease how many times you eat out at restaurants, schedule some family activities like swimming or biking. Put some intention behind your healthier lifestyle and you'll be surprised how much you've improved even a year from now!
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