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The quickest and easiest way to get your teens to take notice of what they are eating.
Do you hear what I hear? The sound of crunching...the crumbling of the last bag of chips.
If you see one more candy wrapper that didn’t make it to the trash can.
You are tired of your teen frowning up at the “healthy stuff”, so just letting them eat whatever is better than an argument.
Or maybe it’s just the opposite. Your kid is overly conscious of making sure they eat the right foods to get that selfie right for Instagram or Snapchat.
Or make sure they can look perfect for the new TikTok challenge.
So did you catch my last article on Mindfulness? You can check it out here.
Yes, you are a busy mom, so let me give you a quick nugget to keep you excited.
To stay in good graces with your teen, it’s time for you to take a peek at the Cool Mom’s Cheat Sheet. This little cheat sheet will give you the tools to help your teen (s) start a mindful eating routine that is easy and will not interrupt their tv time!
If you don’t teaching mindfulness skills to your kids and teens, you are setting them up to fail.
This may seem a little harsh to say, or a little “extra”, but the habits that your teens, and tweens have right now, can cause them to have struggles with eating and develop eating challenges.
As a mind body eating coach, let me just give you my disclaimer. No, my training isn’t focused on teens and children, however, these principles have been applied to my children and those in my homeschooling community.
But let’s take this a little further.
Certified Mind Body Eating coaching/Eating psychology coaching & Mind Body Nutrition Coaching is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. The information provided before, during, and after my blogs, the membership community, systems, products, process, podcast, emails, one-site and virtual coaching sessions, workshops, programs, classes, podcasts, my website, social media, and products is intended for educational purposes only, not as medical advice. Always check with your health care provider, practitioner, or doctor before changing your diet, eating, rituals, or health/care program.
Ok back to The Cool Mom's Cheat Sheet. You will get a downloadable pdf at the end, so don't go anywhere.
This is something that you are going to teach your teens that is going to change that habitual mindless eating practices into more of a mindful eating routine.
Give Your Kids Options
How many times does your teen just sit down and quickly scarf down their food without even looking up from their plate?
Most teens these days are so engrossed in all the distractions of gaming, TikTok, and other platforms that they don't have time to savor what they are putting in their mouth.
This can lead to overeating, emotional eating , and other disordered eating challenges. What are you eating today?
Instead of forcing your teen to eat something, have you tried to give some options? Have some variety to choose from. There's so many ways you can make "healthy" foods taste great.
If you have more than dry broccoli and day old lettuce as an option, you are giving them the freedom to choose what they want, and just maybe they may pick the balsamic brussel sprouts.
Public Service Announcement - Device Alert
Put the phone down, close down the Among Us game. What do you see right now. Do you know that it is time to eat? Be the change, mom.
Be respectful of your kids and put your phone away as well. Totally understand, because I too am guilty of not being the change I want see at the table. You can start a different routine. You've got support here!
It's Time To Extend Some Gratitude
It's time to extend some gratitude for the meal that has been provided. Whether you pray before a meal or just have a thought of thanks, this exercise will allow your teen to just stop for a moment and become more present of where they are in their body.
Your teen is acknowledging that the food that is set before them is going to provide "soothing for me" , so giving thanks is the response for the expected outcome.
Focus Your Attention
Focus your attention by using your 5 senses to actually observe what is on the plate and enjoy the moment. This is called self-awareness.
How does the food smell? Is your plate full of color or just the same dull brown and cream colored items? Hopefully the foods have a varity of textures. What kid likes to eat the same mushy or overly crunchy food items all the time?
Meal time is supposed to be enjoyable. There should be great conversation and a few laughs.
So the million dollar question. How does it taste? Come on mom, the food has to taste good, at least 85% of the time. Ha! If it's an epic fail, have a frozen pizza on hand. Calm down, it is ok!
Are you a fast eater or a slow eater? Most of the time if you are eating fast, your teen has developed a habit of eating past.
There are some cases when your teen is a very slow eater but it is not because they are saving every bite.
If there is some anxiety when it comes to eating, your teen could be dealing with some form of eating disorder.
We all have some form of disordered eating, but if it's something that seems clinical like, they are dealing with depression.
Or if you find out that they are binge eating, then it is time to seek some outside assistance.
How Do You Feel
How does the food make you feel? Are you feeling vibrant, satiated, and full of energy? Or are you sluggish and need a nap? Do you feel like you just gained a few extra pounds?
That is why it's imperative that you pay attention to your teen and practice these exercises with them.
Being more aware of what's going on can help uncover any red flags of skipping meals, anxiety around food, or body shaming.
Self Love Is The Greatest Self Care
Since body shaming is an issue with a lot of teens, learning how to love takes practice.
Adding a regular self care movement to help boost self esteem and bring joy to their entire welbeing.
You are not going to call it fitness, or exercise...this is an opportunity to add that love back by taking notice of your breathing by incorporating breathwork and a little yoga.
Zumba is a fun way to get the body moving as well.
There's so many videos on YouTube that can help assist you in helping your teen stay present and be more active throughout the week.
These embodiment practices are perfect to help build self-esteem and set your teen up to have a better relationship with their food and body.
As promised here is Mindful Eating For Teens | The Cool Mom's Cheat Sheet
Before you post your cheat sheet on the refrigerator and begin teaching mindfulness skills to your teens and tweens,
grab these 3 awesome receipes listed below!
This is not a diet plan for teenagers to lose weight or the best weight loss plan a for teenage girl or guy.
These are a few fun teenager snacks or foodie items that you can start rotating for breakfast, lunch, or dinner eating lifestyle.
These foodie recipe items will not only decrease some of the "traditional" junk food cravings...
but they may even feel like fun party foods that your teenager or tween will start to ask more for.
Hey! Give your teen some autonomy and let them create their foodie masterpieces themselves.
This is a no stress mindful eating zone, have fun!
1. The Gamers Smoothie -Click here to get the recipe
2. Apple Nachos
It's Hot On Pinterest - All the fun teen quick and easy foodie recipes at your fingertips.
Click to view my new Food Board dedicated to Mindful Eating For Teens Cheat Sheet
The time that you have left with your teenager is priceless.
You want to give them a few more tools that will not only boost their self-esteem as they walk into adulthood, but also provide a safety net for their overall well-being,
Mindfulness training is that extra sauce that is needed so they can learn how to be their best selves and to be more comfortable in their own skin.
You have kicked mindless eating out of the back door, now have a more mindful eating practice is setting your teen up for success.
For more impactful mindfulness training tools like these, click here (optin)
Extra Fun (See below)
Conversations with a Teen...
Q&A From A Teen
So I asked my son a few questions and you won't believe how he answered them.
Me: Why do you choose to eat the foods that you eat?
Son: Because they tast good, they are healthy, and I like trying new things.
Me: How do you know that the food is healthy?
Son: I check the ingredients (fyi, he has food allergies so this is extra helpful to know what's in the recipe).
Me: What is the first thing that you notice about the food item?
Son: The smell, will still try it even if it looks weird (ha! ha!)
Me: Are you a fast or slow eater?
Son: Before school I eat fast but afterschool I take my time.
Me: Why do you eat faster before school?
Son: Because I need to hurry up to eat before school starts, lunch time and afterschool I have more time.
So one thing to change....give this young man more time for breakfast LOL
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