Help kids pay attention to hunger cues and recognize that their feelings, emotions, and moods influence all kinds of choices, including what they want to eat.
Kids learn to recognize that their feelings, emotions, and moods influence all kinds of choices, including what they want to eat.
Some people might think it's crazy to talk to yourself, but I do it all the time! I think of it as using my superpower. People who think it's crazy just don't know about their superpower!
Let's talk about using your superpower—your power to decide to motivate your mood and talk yourself into making fit choices! It's also called self-talk, for example:
Another time to use your self-talk superpower is when you are making food choices. You might be grabbing a red-light food when you are bored instead of making a healthy choice. Our next activity will give you practice in thinking about your mood and making nutritious food choices.
Q: It is Saturday afternoon and you are feeling bored. You walk into the kitchen to grab food but then you remember to check your mood. What do you do next?
A: If you are hungry, choose a green-light food. If you are board, tell yourself "I will" and make a fit choice (e.g., do a mindful activity, talk with a friend, turn off the screen and get active, play outside, etc.).
The next time you are looking for a snack, think about how you feel:
Time: 5 Minutes