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3 things we can learn from toddlers | Sarah Studebaker, Yoga Instructor & Health Coach

3 things we can learn from toddlers

IMG_5186_2Yes, my toddler is a genius.  No, I’m not at all biased, you can ask my mom.  I always expected that as a parent, I would be the absolute teacher in the parent / child relationship.  What I didn’t expect was to learn a few very valuable lessons from him.  Toddler life is obviously pretty simple- eat, play, sleep, repeat.  Sometimes there may be some climbing, falling, and crying mixed in.  His world is about having the most fun in every moment as possible.  Multitasking is an extremely foreign concept to him.  He’s not worried about what his next meal’s going to be, whether he’s had any greens yet today, or exercised enough.  Ahhh, the simple life.  So what lessons can we learn from someone whose life is so simple?

  • Eat only when hungry.  Toddlers are definitely not sitting around eating for the sake of eating, or eating because they’re depressed or bored.  They only give up playing when they are absolutely starving and can’t go another minute without food.  How often are you eating when you’re not truly hungry?
  • photo1Eat what tastes good.  This does not mean to start grocery shopping at gas station convenience stores.  What I’m talking about is making your healthy whole foods as appealing as possible.  For example, he won’t eat raw broccoli but he will eat it roasted with lemon.  Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring (as proven by my toddler, unappealing food is unfortunately thrown to the floor).  Use herbs, spices, and different cooking techniques to amp up the flavor.  And when you’re just not in the mood to have your veggies, throw a handful of spinach or kale into an all fruit smoothie (he has yet to notice that all of smoothies contain greens).
  • Play, play, play.  Keep as active as possible during your day.  When you’re physically active throughout your day, you sleep better, eat better, and have the opportunity to truly get to know your environment.  Get outside.  You don’t need to play in your neighborhood sandbox, just go for a walk, look around, see what thing’s you haven’t noticed before.  Be present and simply enjoy your play time.
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