Why eating in a hurry
WON’T GIVE YOU BACK ANY TIME
Since I have no yaya, I prepare breakfast for my nine-yearold son every morning. I also prep his uniform and baon for school. To make things easier, put frozen baon in the ref the night before so it will be easy to cook in the morning. Manage your time well. Take note of your kids’ routine, like the time they wake up or take a nap, so you can preplan the things they need like baon, school things, etc.” —Anna Mejia Beltran, mom of two, from Parañaque
Are “We’re late!” and “Hurry up!” your breakfast-time standards? All that rushing could be making things worse instead of better at your house: Studies show that when we look to save time by hurrying through a meal, we actually feel more pressed, not less, and make worse food choices. Meanwhile, lunch studies show that kids who speed-eat tend to chow down more (boys) or less (some girls) than normal—right at the time they’re supposed to be learning lifelong healthy-eating skills, like what satiety feels like. (In adults, hurried eating correlates with obesity—just sayin’.) Speaking of lunch: Schoolkids are almost guaranteed to be rushing again then. One study found most spend only seven minutes eating during their lunch break. So if you can, try to shift your morning schedule around—brush hair in the car? Do chores in the afternoon?—so your kids can get their fill at least once a day.
Just a few minor adjustments in your morning routine can mean better eating habits for your kids.