Emotional Wellness

Moving Meditation: Practice Mindfulness on Your Bike!

Moving Meditation: Practice Mindfulness on Your Bike!

If you’re like us, you love the idea of meditation, but just can’t sit still long enough to really reap the benefits. Most of us here at CYCLE Kids just can’t sit still. Most of us sit on exercise balls just to incorporate more movement while we are working at our desks! If this sounds like you (or your child), we have some good news. You actually don’t have to sit still in order to meditate.

Sure, there are benefits to sitting still, turning off all distractions, and spending a few moments with your thoughts, but you can actually achieve a lot of the same feelings of calmness, peacefulness, and rejuvenation from simply practicing mindfulness throughout your day, even when riding your bike.

How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to offer families a simple guide to helping your child develop a positive relationship with food. With conflicting health messaging at your child’s fingertips and confusing media messaging promoting elusive “ideal” body types, it’s more important than ever to help your children feel good about their bodies and their food choices. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Having a child with a life-threatening food allergy can certainly make normal “kid” activities (like school, birthday parties, and playdates) seem extremely stressful. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. One in 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, so you’re sure to find at least a few parents in your circle who can relate to what you’re going through. 

The most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. And while some allergies don’t last forever (many children grow out of them as they get older), some might stick around for life. So, how can you make sure your child, family, and community knows how to address food allergies? Follow these simple steps.

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

As talk about our nation’s “Obesity Epidemic” is on the rise, it’s only natural many feel compelled to make weight gain and body fat the enemy. But what if we told you weight gain and fat is a good thing? Puberty in girls typically begins between ages eight and 13, and can last as long as four years. While you might think that your daughter is fully grown, it’s perfectly normal for her body to continue to change, and yes, gain weight, well into her teens. During this time, a girl’s body will increase in fat, muscle, and bone, as she begins to transition to womanhood. 

10 New Year's Resolutions to Make (Other Than Lose Weight)

10 New Year's Resolutions to Make (Other Than Lose Weight)

It’s no surprise that the most common New Year’s Resolution is “to lose weight.” But here, we like to think that weight loss is more like a benign side effect of implementing healthy habits, not the primary goal. So instead of bombarding you with more information about “how to reach your weight loss goals in 2017,” we want to provide you with 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can choose from that will help give your health and happiness a boost this year. 

How to Make SMART New Years Resolutions

How to Make SMART New Years Resolutions

Raise your hand if you have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions! Our hands are certainly raised. On one hand, setting goals and visualizing the future is important for long-term success in any area of your life. On the other, more often than not, our New Year’s Resolutions dissipate into thin air around the holidays. Before we get into how to set SMART and effective goals, let’s take a quick look as to why despite our best efforts, most New Year’s Resolutions fail. 

The Most Effective Way to Keep a Gratitude Journal

The Most Effective Way to Keep a Gratitude Journal

It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating Thanksgiving 2015, but somehow, once again, this holiday snuck up on us! As we get ready to indulge in turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, we also take time to pause and reflect on what we’re grateful for over the past year. 

And while you might have heard that expressing gratitude can improve your happiness, you’re probably still finding it difficult to really adhere to a regular “gratitude practice.”  Now you’re probably thinking: What is a gratitude practice, anyway? While there are many ways to express gratitude on a daily basis, science shows that the results are in the details. 

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. 

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

The Do's 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.