Teaching toddlers to eat healthy food can be tough. It’s no secret that they tend to favor sweets and snacks over a plate of veggies.
However, if your child eats too many unhealthy foods now, this can harm your child’s health later and possibly cause lifelong diseases.
On the other hand, according to familydoctor.org:
“Healthful eating has many benefits for children. It can:
-Stabilize their energy.
-Improve their minds.
-Even out their moods.
-Help them maintain a healthy weight.
-Help prevent mental health conditions. These include depression, anxiety, and ADHD.”
For this reason, teaching your child about the importance of healthy eating and how to carry it out can be a super valuable life-hack.
Here’s some advice on how to start without turning every meal into a lecture.
Establish a routine. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to teach your kids to appreciate healthy food and introduce ‘weird’ flavors to them.
Therefore, start at a young age and make nutritious foods the norm, not a one- time thing.
To achieve a healthy food routine according to your child’s age, you’ll need to know what they should be eating and in what amounts.
Focus on all the healthy options available and keep offering your child a variety of foods and combinations.
Make small shifts. If your child is not used to healthy choices, the best strategy is to make small changes gradually.
For example, having whole grain bread instead of white bread, or a homemade smoothie instead of ice cream.
Slowly start adding in more fruits, veggies, and whole foods until you’ve adopted healthier food choices.
Get them involved. That could mean letting them pick up some fruits and veggies at the farmers market or if they are old enough, choosing recipes and even helping you to make delicious healthy treats.
Make it a fun and enjoyable experience, little kids love playing chef and feeling proud of their creations.
Also, when it’s time to eat, help them to focus on eating when they’re at the dinner table, not playing with food, or playing with toys.
Explain what ‘healthy food’ is. Children need to have a positive relationship with food from a young age.
You should avoid terms like “good” and “bad” food. Instead, help them to learn how the nutrients in the food will help their bodies grow and have energy.
Thankfully, if you want to teach your preschooler about nutrition, there are healthy eating books and resources available to make the job easier.
Be a role model. Easier said than done, right?
Preschoolers copy what they see their parents doing. If you have unhealthy eating habits, likely, your child will also pick it up.
Parents should also avoid using food as a reward, to show affection, or as punishment, as it teaches children to use food to regulate emotions and it can undermine the healthy eating habits that you're trying to teach your children.
At Jumpin Jax Paramus Preschool and Daycare, our own chef will always provide healthy and fresh meals for our children.
We prioritize healthy eating practices in our students. A nutritious and balanced diet is always kept in mind when serving meals and snacks to our kids. Our food is always cooked fresh and with care.
Weeks may include special project snacks. Snack will be offered only for full day camp kids. Vegetables include broccoli, green beans, baby carrots or corn. Fruits include apple, watermelon, melon, grapes or oranges
Our menu, planned by a registered dietitian, provides wholesome meals and satisfying snacks that meet Federal and State requirements and guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child has a special nutritional need or requires an adaptation to our menu, we will coordinate with your family to create a plan that adequately meets your child’s needs.
These days almost everyone has heard of or been to a medical spa for some type of service whether it’s Laser Hair Removal, to Botox, to Fillers and more. But not all MediSpas are created equally. So here it is – the good, bad and ugly sides of medical spas.
Medical Spas are starting to pop up everywhere you look from Luxury Salons to Strip Malls. In Bergen County, you can’t drive even a few miles without seeing at least one. This means you have lots of options! But it also makes it harder to find the right one. So here’s what you need to know to find a safe and trustworthy MediSpa that fits all of your needs.
Questions To Ask Yourself
What are your goals? What would you like to change? What are you willing to consider? What are you not willing to consider? Many med spas will try to upsell you, so if you go in knowing exactly what you want to accomplish, impulse will be far less likely to overtake you leaving you signed up for everything on their menu.
Tip #1: Look at the Spa’s service menu and make sure they offer what you want before you spend your time going to a consultation.
Tip #2: Check out their reviews. Yes, sometimes there are super angry customers that are just trying to ruin the spa’s reputation, but overall if you see more negative reviews than positive, be smart and steer clear. And don’t just look at the number of stars in the reviews – read them! Are they responsive? Are they trying to resolve the reviewer’s problems? Are they thanking their good reviewers? Are they rude and snippy to bad reviewers?
Tip #3: Make an appointment for a consultation. Pay attention to how they treat you on the phone and while scheduling. Are they booked weeks out? Are they polite and excited?
When you first get to the spa look around. Is it clean? Are their dust bunnies in the corners? Empty trash cans? Do you get a good feeling when you walk in? Does the receptionist greet you? Pay attention to these things because it reflects how they will treat you!
During your consultation appointment be 100% honest. Do not be embarrassed- literally ask ANYTHING! Do you have hair in “weird” places? Trust me, they’ve heard it all- make sure you get all of your goals met. Ask all of the questions you have. This is YOUR BODY. You deserve to get everything you want. Also, ask what product/ laser they use and do research on it to ensure it is what you want.
Tip #4: Make sure you can meet with the doctor or nurse that will do your treatment if you are getting filler or botox. Look at their face. Often if you don’t like the filler they have in their face (and they think looks good) you will not be happy with your filler. There are many different techniques and doctors are inclined to do what they think looks good, not necessarily what you want. Also, ask what they’ve had done- they should be honest with you.
Tip #5: If you don’t feel 100% sold on the spa, keep looking. Don’t rush this process- the goal is to set up a long-term relationship with a place you love.
If you have any comments about what YOU think makes a great medical spa, comment below!
[ Also Read: Frequently Asked Questions About Botox Treatments ]
With the leaves starting to change here in the Northeast, we all know fall in full swing and it's time to talk skin. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and a drop in humidity, which wreaks havoc on skin. Add in dry heat from radiators, and it's a setup for skin nightmares including dry skin and eczema.
To avoid the flaky and itchy skin from head to toe, here are the five top tips from dermatologists to thwart autumnal skin-related freak-outs.
Switch Up Your Moisturizer
It’s time to set aside the lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you've been slathering on all summer and switch to a richer hydrator. Dermatologists recommends a heavy cream made with ceramides, which are the essential and contain healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the colder months. A top pic
Add a body lotion to the mix
Summer is humid! But when the humidity ends, skin may start to feel dry and itchy, as there is much less moisture in the air to help hydrate. The most efficient way to quell the itch? Load up on hydration — from head to toe. Moisturizers offer both a protective barrier over the skin keeping moisture in and good ones are designed to draw in hydration to the outer skin layer.
Cut back on exfoliating
As the weather gets chilly, it's time to cut back on stronger ingredients, like retinoids and glycolic acid. Instead, dermatologists suggest using glycolic treatment pads or a mask no more than once a week to help remove dead skin cells and discoloration caused by exposure from the summer sun.
Consider a facial
Fall is the best time to treat your skin! After the sun of summer and heading into the colder and drier weather, now is the best time! Consider a ultra hydrating facial to combat the change of seasons.
Invest in a humidifier
The environment plays a huge role in the hydration of your skin and colder temperatures produce dryer, harsher air. Start to boost the hydration inside your home by adding your own moisturizer to the mix with the help of a humidifier. As soon as the heat goes on, be sure the humidifier goes on too.
Share your Fall Skin Care Tips in the comments below!
Are you hungry? Ha, I knew you were. I mean, how could you not be when there is so much to eat in this world!
There are tons of amazing choices and sometimes, that can be daunting; especially when you have children. They can be so indecisive about what they want to eat, and if you are sitting in a fancy restaurant and table five is giving you some not so friendly looks… it can be stressful. Another thing is, you want to make sure that the energy is fit for a child to have a good time and not be exposed to things that no young child should be exposed to. This is why we created this amazing list so that you can see the five best family restaurants in Bergen County!
Bergen County Zoo!
The Bergen County Zoological Park was the first zoo in NJ to be credited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. I am actually quite surprised by the price of this Zoo because it is in a wonderful price range! The price for a ticket for adults fifteen to sixty-one is eight dollars for a non-resident and four dollars for people who live there! Children who live there are charged two dollars and children who do not live there are charged five.
Demarest Railroad Depot
The Demarest Railroad Depot is one of the official historic sites of Bergen County. The station was designed by an architect name J. Cleveland Cady and built in 1872. The railroad was named after a state senator of the time named Ralph S. Demarest, who directed the project and owned the land where the railroad was built. The whole borough wound up being named after him in 1905. The depot was privately owned by railroads until 1977, when the borough of Demarest bought it. Today, it’s a senior center brimming with architectural character.
If you are looking for the best slice of pizza in Bergen County then you need to try Uncle Louie’s Pizza at 754 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Lakes NJ 07417. This pizza restaurant has recipes which have been passed down by members of their Italian family for many a generation! I think you and I both know what that means; their pizza is probably pretty darn good! The ambiance is really warm and friendly and it honestly just makes you want to sit down and have a delicious slice of pizza!
There are a lot of different people that are from Bergen County and that live there now; the number changes as people move out, and move back in. There are some famous people that you will know immediately, but don’t we always talk about them? Let’s talk about people that get talked about a little bit less, and then my favorite because… yeah. Why not?
Hackensack was initially settled as New Barbados in 166. It was incorporated to the United States, or whatever we were called then, in 1693. The name Hackensack comes from the name that the original Lenni Lenape called the land, Ackingsah-sack, meaning ‘stony ground’. Hackensack was a small town that was basically made up of a courthouse and some surrounding buildings. Hackensack did not have a very large population, and the land was made up of woods, swamplands and farm fields. There were only a few roads, and the current size of Hackensack was smaller back then. In 1921, Hackensack became officially called Hackensack rather than New Barbados. Hackensack is governed by a mayor along with five council methods.
Okay, if you live in the US and you really, really like Korean culture like me, but flying all the way to Korea is either too expensive or too big of a leap for you at the moment, Koreatown, Palisades Park is the place for you! I mean, I am still in complete shock that a place like this exists! Check these numbers; sixty five percent of the population that lives there is Korean; that’s more than half! In fact, Koreatown is home to the largest number of Korean- American citizens in all of the United States!
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