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Be a Role Model by having a Healthy Lifestyle

What’s the best thing you can, as a parent, do to prevent your child from becoming overweight?

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Do you eat food, the wrong foods, or have other bad habits that you know that sets a bad example for your children? By setting an example for your children to emulate, it provides you both with the moral authority to try and teach them proper nutritional and living habits and also gives your children a real life’s lesson. You teach by doing, not instructing by whim.

I always loved to cut a grapefruit in half, and eat it plain. I was not a great enthusiast of using sugar to add “flavor.”

When my oldest daughter was about 3, we were visiting my mother for Christmas. My brother, who didn’t have any children, was also there. For breakfast, my daughter was eating a grapefruit. She was eating it just plain, --like I did--cut in half with a grapefruit spoon.

With a shocked look on his face, my brother said, “Hey, why doesn’t she have any sugar on that?”

I said, “Be quiet! She doesn’t know sugar is supposed to go on that.” Dumbfounded he was trying to figure out why my youngest daughter was eating something so different than what he was used to. I told him, “She likes it just as it is.” And even though my daughter is now 22 years old, she still doesn’t put sugar on her grapefruit.

Being a role model for your child, at their youngest, is the way to go. Lessons learned at a young age stick with a child. Of course, you can never be responsible for all or even some of the mistakes children can and will make as they grow into both adolescence and then adulthood. But what you can do is set the example, and hope for the best. Chances are—it will work.

When the same daughter in this story said “Guess what Mom, I sound just like you,” proceeded to recount the very same tale above, demonstrates the old adage “from the mouth of babes.”

Because, teaching your child about education, the golden rule, and hanging around the wrong crowd isn’t enough; sometimes how and what you eat, says it all, because

After all, it’s about a Healthy Lifestyle.

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