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Back to school time means a getting back on track in many ways. The lazy days of summer can sometimes lead to lax eating habits and sleep schedules. Now is the time for parents and children to discuss healthy eating habits and nutrition.
Good nutrition is important for learning; research has shown that children who regularly ate breakfast had better standardized test scores, better behavior, and were less hyperactive than children who skipped breakfast. When children eat high sugar breakfasts, they tend to eat more at lunch simply because they get a sugar spike mid morning and then a sugar "fall" a couple of hours later, which leaves them famished by lunchtime. This can lead to overeating and making unhealthy food choices to "feed" their hunger.
For children, it's not really about counting calories or fat. Instead, parents should teach them about portion control and making healthy choices. Make it fun and realistic, knowing that there is always room for some foods that aren't "perfect". Teach children to eat approximately every 3 hours or so, enabling their bodies to stay in balance.
One way to get more nutrition into your child's lunchbox or after school snack is to get the child involved in the decision-making and meal planning process. Ask your child what they would like to eat and then include those choices in their school lunches and at mealtimes. You'll ... Continue
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