Thursday, March 29, 2007

Adopting A Kid Friendly Naturally Healthy Lifestyle

(Part of OHSucker's "Naturally Healthy Kids" Series)

As a parent, I know that we always want what's best for our children. Many things that we've experienced in our own childhood just don't make the cut when it comes to rearing our own "Mini Me"s. Parenting is truly one of the greatest gifts ever! Of course, it's also one of the most stressful life changes you'll ever experience.

Side Note: Let's face matter what anyone says, 18 does not signal the end of the parenting years. Just wanted to throw that out there in case you forgot.

It's only natural (no pun intended) that when we make positive life changes, we look for ways that these same life changes can accommodate our children. In doing so, we have to be mindful that while our little ones are in fact extensions of ourselves, they have different needs especially when it comes to nutrition and exercise. We can't just change their diets without considering what they're losing, or how we're going to replace that loss. For instance, if you are deciding that your child will be a vegan or vegetarian (like you've become), how will you replace the protein and calcium your child desperately needs to become (and stay) a healthy child? What's the use of implementing this new diet, which is supposed to be healthier, if your little one now has a mouthful of cavities, weak bones or stunted growth?

The "Naturally Healthy Kids" Series offers tips and other kid friendly, kid focused information on how to successfully integrate natural health into our lifestyles without sacrificing the health of our children. I'm committed to dedicating at least one post a week to our babies with this series because yes children are the future, but only if we care for them today.

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