Why eat­ing in a hurry


Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - Real Life -

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.

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