Monday, December 05, 2005

Learning through Good Nutrition

As a holistic educator, I look at many aspects that make up each of my students. One aspect that I focus on (which parents are often surprised by my questioning of) is nutrition.

The simple question, “How is your family’s nutrition?” holds a goldmine of answers. As a diagnostician, the answers to this provide many insights.

Proper nutrition, meaning nutrients balanced as in the Zone or (the even more disciplined) Paleo diet philosophy, aids in cognitive functioning, emotional wellbeing, and overall stability/energy.

Nutrition is certainly a touchy subject, and I’m careful to approach it with the utmost care. Often times, to get the most out of my educational approach, I ask families to provide their child with healthy snacks and water before and during our session to optimize their energy level.

The difference a healthy food can make is astounding. Watching a student rise from being lethargic to energetic is always interesting. The best part is when my student realizes that food really does matter and they start implementing good nutrion on their own.

A balanced food is one that has good ratios of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, such as fruit with yogurt or almond butter.

Some snack ideas to help boost brainpower are:

*Almond butter (it’s more expensive than peanut butter, but it has more nutrients in it) and celery
*Yogurt with grapefruit or berries
*Cheese with vegetables
*Cottage Cheese with cinnamon or other spices
*Hard Boiled Eggs

Snacks to steer away from:

Sugary snacks
Juice boxes (have the whole fruit instead!)
Over processed foods

My favorite brain food is almond butter, as it gives me a quick boost of energy without any “crashing” like a sugary snack would induce. I also think the nut butter gets absorbed more quickly because it does not have to be broken down as much as whole nuts do.

Many of my clients live a very healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, they help others to attain their nutritional goals.

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