Eating Well, Being Well: Its All in the Family!

Eating Well, Being Well: Its All in the Family!

How we eat, what we eat, and other lifestyle choices we make have an impact on our family, be it right away or sometime in the future.  Research has proven, for example, that the physical size of your friends influences how skinny or heavy you will be.  When it comes to family, the influence is much stronger.  This is true especially for the kids.  Why?

 

Kids look up to their parents, and even when they don’t, they pick up habits and ways of doing from their parents/guardians.  As caregivers, we essentially set the stage for what they eat, how they eat, whats available to them at home, and how much physical activity they engage in.  Why is this important?  Because for any and all of us who have children or are responsible for others, caring for them means caring for their health.  And thats not just about being there when they’re sick.  This is about building a solid foundation of healthy habits for them from the get-go, so that we don’t have to worry about the endless negative outcomes that come from being an overweight child, teenager, or adult.

 

Well, how can we care for their health?  Especially in this world!  Its actually pretty simple: Eating well!

 

  • Prepare healthy meals. 

 

You’ll teach your family to enjoy healthy, nutritious foods, and its an opportunity to allow them to explore a colorful range of foods that are part of a healthy diet.

 

  • Keep out the junk food

 

Constantly stocking your house with unhealthy snacks sends the message that eating junk is ok.  It gives everyone easy access to empty calories that may damage their waistline long-term.  Trying to control how often your kids eat these snacks can also be a problem.  They may end up craving them more than usual because they know that the food is within reach.

 

  • Don’t place a complete ban on unhealthy foods

 

Balance is key.  Occasional indulgence keeps you and everyone else in check, and teaches your kids that a healthy extreme is not necessary for healthy living.

 

  • Eat Together!

 

At least for dinnertime, eat as a family.  Psychologists have pointed out that family meals are good for emotional and mental health, and they help keep family relationships going.  Not only that, but research has also proven that kids make more healthy choices when they eat with their families because they learn from you!

  • Allow your kids to hold you accountable

Just like you watch what they eat and teach them about healthy eating and exercise, allow your kids to do the same.  That way, they will really feel that youre all in this together and that healthy living is a family goal. 

  • Play!

Get active with your kids!  Run outside, play some basketball, go swimming.  They will learn from you how important and FUN physical activity is, and will more likely make it a part of their habits. 

There are many ways to get your family to live and eat healthy.  One way to pick up great tips and advice is to talk to a nutritional counselor.  At Florida Aesthetics, Sarah will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about healthy eating in the family and about establishing good habits.  If you’d like to talk to her, call us today!

Parent & Child BMI – 1

Parent & Child BMI – 1

Weight Loss Program and Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss in Brandon, FL

One piece of information that is commonly used by experts is that parental lifestyle choices and their BMIs can influence their children’s habits and encourage or stop their chance at obesity.  What a parent models for their child in terms of eating habits, exercise, and lifestyle choices will eventually impact the choices that his/her child learn to make.  Because of this, experts emphasize the importance of parents making healthy choices.  In doing so, they will help protect their children from the risk of obesity.

Interestingly, the influence of parents and children can come from either direction.  In a recent study by Tufts University, researchers found that parents involved in a community obesity-intervention program that their children were a part of lost weight and saw a slight drop in their BMI.  What this suggests is that parent-child partnership when it comes to living and eating healthy can pay off for both.  By taking part in the program, parents are encouraging their children to fight their obesity.  Their involvement gives them the tools they need to start making the right choices at home and to help their children make the right choices.  It also helps parents become aware of the factors that may have led their children (and perhaps themselves) on the path towards obesity.

Combined, it appears that these factors have an impact on parent as well as child.  Increased awareness about nutrition and better ability to make smart choices makes for a healthier home.  Both parent and child, as well as other members of the family, may eventually benefit from such an intervention program.

The specific program examined in the study included changing school lunch menus, teaching participants about nutrition, and increasing physical activity during and after school.  It also provided parents with monthly news updates, recipes, and other helpful tools.  Ultimately, the success of the program depended on a positive change in the children’s environment that allowed them to become healthier individuals.

Intervention programs like the one studied suggest the importance of family support when it comes to weight loss and aiming for a healthy lifestyle.  Having your family on board with your commitment to a healthier you will have a positive impact on all of you, and will make it easier for you to reach your weight loss goals.  If you’re interested in learning more about how to give and receive family support during your weight loss journey or the journey of a loved one, talk to your weight loss consultant at Florida Aesthetics today!

How to Take Care of Your skin?

How to Take Care of Your skin?

Our skin is a complex organ that serves as the first layer of protection against any potential harm. We often ask ourselves “how to take care of your skin.” What keeps it youthful, firm, and toned is collagen.  Collagen is found in the middle layer of skin, as well as in our bones.  It provides structure and support to the extent that it makes up most of the skin.  This protein protects us from wrinkles and fine lines.  As we get older, however, collagens ability to keep us looking youthful diminishes.  Why?

  • Production slows with age
  • Sun damage reduces its efficacy
  • Smoking
  • Oxidative stress from exposure to pollution and UV radiation

Fortunately, these factors dont mean the end of your youthful appearance.  Different procedures help slow down the degeneration of collagen and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.  Below are some basic facts about how to take care of your skin. Two different procedures that address the issue of skin aging and damage are as listed.

Microneedling:

  • Also known as skin needling
  • Minimally-invasive and non-surgical
  • Uses a pen-shaped medical device with tiny needles to penetrate the skin at very high speeds
  • Rebuilds elasticity
  • Stimulates skin cell production
  • Results in the formation of new tissue layers of collagen and elastin

Laser Skin Tightening:

  • Non-invasive light treatment
  • Little or no recovery time
  • Uses laser to tighten your skin simply and effectively
  • Revitalizes your appearance

Both microneedling and laser skin tightening are safe and effective procedures to treat signs of aging that result from decreased collagen production.  If youre interested in learning more about how to take care of your skin and how to maintain a youthful appearance and collagen production, talk to our aesthetician at Florida Aesthetics today! Results may vary depending on the individual.

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