Teach children that they have senses.
Intuition takes what we notice with our senses and kicks it up a notch, making things clearer.
It balances what we know from experience with what we feel and sense, so our best choices are clear.
When you eat, give your child the time to SEE his food. That way he will become aware of what he's eating.
Using our senses is how to clearly focus on the present.Intuitive thinking is the natural way of being more alert.
Give your child time to taste her food.
Curiosity is the intuitive way we protect ourselves. Encourage your children to be curious about what they eat.
Encourage them to be curious about tough questions like:
What makes me feel good? When am I afraid? Who do I trust?
Using curiosity helps us stay clear about what we want.
Eating slowly gives us time to see and taste our food and helps you recognize when you've had enough.
Hint : Having enough happens before you 'feel full'.
Patience is the foundation for clear decision making.
Give children time to be aware that they can choose what's best for their body.
Let them be aware that they always have alternatives. Here's something to talk about with them to help.
- Notice what your body is telling you. Notice how hungry you are and what leaves you feeling truly satisfied. Awareness is exciting.
- Think about your hunger before you start eating. Is eating a habit? an escape? or a response to a genuine need? A clock cannot tell you when you're hungry. Ask yourself, "Am I really hungry?" before you eat.
The point is to stay aware of our body when we eat. The way to do this is with our 5 senses.
SEE the food on the plate. SMELL it. TASTE it with your whole tongue. Chew it well, noticing the texture.
When we HEAR what each other says at mealtime, that connection nourishes our emotional hunger.
Teach your children gratitude.
Food keeps us alive.
Tune in to your body with curiosity and dignity when you eat.
When you celebrate life and good fortune by really tasting what you eat, you'll discover you feel better about yourself.
Give your children the gift of time and patience at mealtime.
Share conversation and feed their hearts, simply by listening to hear about their day.
Children want to be healthy, feel loved and succeed.
Give them the tools.