Moms (and sometimes dads) have a lot of time to sit around in the lobby or the viewing area and talk, and talk they do.
I’ve been in a lot of gyms and I’ve heard a lot of things being discussed there. From coaches, to gymnasts, to outfits, and even stuff that I can’t write here!
But what if you had something you could talk about that would change your daughter’s future. I mean really change her future, and the future of her family.
In our new book, Because She’s Worth It: A Nutritional Guide for Parents with Daughters, we discuss what we mean by changing the future of your family. Check this out:
We have to remember, what we teach our kids to eat NOW, will become a habit that can last a lifetime.
Eating right can be a skill that is passed on to your children, and your children can pass it along to your grandchildren. Eating the right foods at the right times is not only a protective mechanism for your children now, it’s a legacy that you are leaving your future family.
A legacy? That’s a bit absurd (you might say)! Stick with me for a moment…
Feeding your kids great food might actually be more important for your future grandkids than your kids now! Food is an environmental factor of the repair and reproduction of DNA. That means, if we feed our kids the right foods at the right times, they can maximize the protection of their DNA. When it’s combined with their partner’s DNA in the future, they have the ability to pass on the most healthy code available.
Of course it’s important to feed our kids now, but it is also important to make our future family solid!
It’s That Important
Eating right really is that important and helping your gym mom friends can really help to change the culture in the gym.
So here are three great topics to discuss and they are tools to get the conversation rolling.
1. When and What to Eat
What have you been feeding your gymnasts for breakfast? What snacks do you send with your gymnast to school for their mid-morning snack? Easiest pre-workout snacks to get into your gymnast when you have to run out the door?
Make sure you check out the Road Map of Success post here. You can print out the Road Map to help you get this conversation going. We also dive deep into this in Because She’s Worth It and it’s a big help to have a plan.
What do you think about Gymnast Care’s Pyramid of Performance? Do you feel like you’re putting Nutrition, Hydration, and Recovery first or do you think Skills are your number one priority?
3. Food Mentality
What do your gymnasts think about food? If your gymnast doesn’t like a food, how do you address these issues?
Here’s a Fun Fact from Because She’s Worth It:
According to a study in the Journal Appetite, “Increasing children’s acceptance of vegetables; a randomized trial of parent-led exposure,” kids that daily tasted a vegetable were more likely to like the vegetable then those that didn’t try it. The trial took place over the course of 14 days.
Our girls have to be exposed to new tastes for them to enjoy them? And, it may take up to 14 tries (and some say over 17) to enjoy the taste of new food.
So here’s the Gymnast Care rule on eating food: You don’t have to eat the whole thing, but you have to take a bite!
Bonus Topic: Shopping Locations
Where have you been shopping lately and what stores have the best, fresh ingredients?
We’d love to see our gym families do a book club and get excited about the principles in Because She’s Worth It: A Nutritional Guide for Parents with Daughters. Just head on over to Amazon, pick up a copy, and get the conversation going!
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