How to Teach Your Kids To Eat Mindfully

How to Teach Your Kids To Eat Mindfully

Here at The CYCLE Kids Family Hub, we teach our “CYCLE Kids” how to not only eat healthfully, but also how to eat mindfully. While vegetables and water are essential pillars to great health, mindful eating is something that often takes a backseat in our busy lifestyles, but can greatly impact our health. When we eat mindfully, it’s much easier to tap into our hunger and fullness cues, therefore naturally controlling the amount of food we eat. Additionally, mindful eating gives us the opportunity to focus, breathe, and calm down before and during our meal or snack, decreasing our stress levels, and making us less susceptible to eating in response to our emotions. If this sounds like something you and your family would like to try, but you’re not quite sure how to get started, check out our five tips below. 

Workout of the Month: September 2016

Workout of the Month: September 2016

We spend a lot of time here at The Family Hub talking about why exercise is so important, and what types of exercises are good for you. Now, we want to help show you how to do some exercises that will help strengthen your body and mind. Today’s workout can be short (7-minutes), or a littler longer if you choose to repeat the exercises two or three times through. The focus is on the muscles of the core which are important for balance and posture; the perfect antidote for desk-dwellers. Scroll down to read through the instructions, or simply click here to download and save (or print) the workout as a PDF

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The Dos and Don'ts of Talking to Your Child About Their Weight

The Dos and Don'ts of Talking to Your Child About Their Weight

With increasingly overwhelming academic and social pressure, being a child today is no easy feat. And while parents obviously want to see their children succeed, it’s safe to assume the ultimate measure of success is optimal health and overall happiness. But what happens when, at their annual physical, your child’s doctor tells you they are “overweight?” Or worse, at risk for obesity related diseases like diabetes? How do you approach this sensitive subject without damaging their self esteem and overall emotional well being? And further, how do you help them have a healthy, positive relationship with food, and their body? Today we’ve partnered with Marci Evans MS, CEDRD, LDN, a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Intuitive Eating Coach, and owner of Marci RD Nutrition Consulting to provide parents and family members with some “Dos and Don’ts” of talking to your children about their weight.  

How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat Healthy

How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat Healthy

I talk to a lot of parents who worry that their child is not getting the nutrition he or she needs because they will only eat rice, or chicken, or worse, nothing! While you probably always have your child’s best intentions at heart when preparing healthy meals for your family, how do you get them to eat healthy if they’re a textbook “picky eater?” And, while you want to encourage your child to have autonomy, you as the parent, don’t want to feel the pressure of being a mom or dad and a head chef every night. Here are a few ways you can get your picky eater to eat a little more healthfully without being a made-to-order chef.

12 Healthy Packable Lunch Snacks for Back to School

If you walk into a grocery store anytime between July 21st and September 5th you’ll see two major themes: Labor Day and Back to School (and yes, maybe even Halloween!). Most stores will promote easy-to-pack lunchbox snacks like chips, cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks. But you don’t have to succumb to the likely unhealthy, pre-packaged options. There are plenty of delicious snacks you can create in your own kitchen, and they’re easy enough to make that even the kids can help. Pack them in a lunchbox or enjoy them as an after-school snack, here are 12 healthy snacks for Back to School.

1. Salted Chocolate Brownie Bite from Nourish Breathe Thrive 
2. Coconut Date Balls from Nutrition by Nazima 
3. Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Byte Sized Nutrition 
4. Banana Split Bites from Nutritionist Reviews

What snack are you most likely to put in your lunch box? Let us know in the comments below!

7 Kitchen Hacks Every Busy Parent Should Know

7 Kitchen Hacks Every Busy Parent Should Know

Without a doubt, one of the most common barriers to a healthy lifestyle is lack of time. And, it seems like time diminishes even more when there are more mouths to feed. That’s why we want to share 7 kitchen “hacks” that, with a little bit of prep, will help you save time and make preparing a healthy dinner a breeze. 

12 Nutritiously Delicious Make-Ahead Plant Powered Meals

12 Nutritiously Delicious Make-Ahead Plant Powered Meals

As a dietitian, I’m always working to get my clients (and my friends and family!) to eat more vegetables. Many don’t realize the recommended daily serving size for fruits and vegetables is 10 servings per day. I know, double digits! It sounds like a lot, and it is, especially if you’re not a natural veggie-lover. But here’s what a serving really looks like:

Can Your Dog Improve Your Immune System?

Can Your Dog Improve Your Immune System?

We know now that dogs are more than just man’s best friend, they can also greatly improve your mental and physical health. But as it turns out, having a dog might provide even more health benefits than meet the eye. Many families with young children might shy away from inviting a dog (or any other pet) into the family in an effort to keep everyone at home from getting sick. After all, dogs do attract dirt and bacteria! In fact, according to recent research, just the opposite is true. 

The Cost of Skipping Your Workout

The Cost of Skipping Your Workout

Almost 100% of the clients I work with have struggled, at one time or another, with committing to a regular workout routine. The most common excuse? Lack of time. Skipping a workout (or many) often left them feeling guilty and shameful. When I asked why they felt that way, more often than not, they did not have a specific reason. They just knew they “should” be exercising and they weren’t. 

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Spicy Watermelon Salad

If you’ve been following us here at The Family Hub for a while, you might know that we’re a little tyrannical when it comes to hydration. Water is the essential medium for all of your metabolic processes, and without it, your organs and cells fail to run efficiently. While having fun in the summer sun is great for your mental health, the extra heat causes you to lose water more rapidly through sweat, sometimes faster than you might be able to replace it! That’s why we recommend hydrating at every opportunity, not only by drinking water, but by eating hydrating foods.