What role does nutrition play in a thriving school?
"Hangry," that's what!
Teachers, parents and even students might be confused as to why nutrition is relevant to a healthy, calm classroom. Sure, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or that sugary drinks and snacks are unhealthy, for example. But knowing something and making choices that reflect that knowledge are often two different things!
So many life obstacles get in the way of making good choices for our minds and bodies. Cooking or planning meals takes too much time, healthy eating has a reputation of costing a lot of money, and eating healthy foods doesn’t always please the palate - especially for children.
Here at LifeSpaceHealth, we understand these obstacles, and we know how to navigate through them, stress-free. We know that parents and teachers are busier than ever, and we know that children are more stressed than ever too. Peer pressure, social acceptance, stress at home, academic or athletic commitments, social media, etc. can all impact how much time we have to give to being healthy and can certainly impact how we feel about ourselves.
So, how can we help?
We take a holistic approach toward nutrition instead of focusing on things like food pyramids or counting calories. We educate our community (especially children) as a whole about the relationship between the food we eat and its impact on our brains.
For example, did you know that when your blood sugars drops because you haven't eaten in a while, your body starts producing cortisol (stress hormone)? This leads to our old friend “hangry.” As adults we might be able to recognize this feeling in ourselves, but children don’t. Most of the time a child doesn’t even feel hungry! But the symptoms we see are lack of concentration or retention, irritability, anxiety and anger, just to name a few.
We will share time saving, budget friendly tips on how to take simple ingredients and combine them to provide your body and brain what it needs for optimal results. Meals don’t have to be big but they do need to be nourishing. And we can help you get the "biggest bang for your buck," so to speak, both nutritionally and financially.
By learning some quick tips we can lessen cravings, feel full longer, and most importantly, feel good. Let’s let “Hangry” be a thing of the past.