Usually, the New Year is when everyone sets goals and makes resolutions, but there’s no time like the present to do just those things. Here are some ideas that may inspire you to bring health and happiness into your home starting now:
Re-establish bedtime and mealtime. From breakfast to snacks and dinner, routines are possible, despite swim team meets and football practice. Better nutrition supports the best performance – academically and physically – so do your best to establish meal times and parameters.
Limit screen time. In my household, cell phones are off limits between 6 PM and 9 PM. The iPads and cell phones get turned off, though Nooks and iPods are allowed. Instead of surfing YouTube and Facebook, kids are encouraged to complete homework. And, depending on the age of your children, playing quiet games, reading books, doing puzzles or coloring should be suggested. Not only is this good for your sanity, it allows children to dream, create and use their imaginations.
Personally, I use this quiet time to cook dinner, prep ingredients for the balance of the week or make lunch for the following day. My new book, The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook, has lots of inspirational lunch ideas for adults and children that will keep everyone nourished, satisfied and primed to perform. Check out the book, and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.
For more suggestions about how to prepare healthy, homemade lunches, read my interview with Epicurious.com. Until next month…