Truth be told, I had trouble coming up with what to write given the topic: my family’s health practices. Do we even have one? Is it even necessary?
After much contemplation, my list turned up empty.
Not to be deterred, I looked back and thought back to when we were children (I even found an old family photo!). That was when I realized that my parents did not lack in implementing health practices for us to follow.
Here are 6 Health Practices that we followed as children and which I would like my family to follow as well.
- Bedtime at 8PM. The first time I stayed up later than 8PM was to finish a school project. I remember being so amazed because it was then that I realized that there was still “Life after 8”! Despite that, it was a very good rule as we kids got enough rest and were rarely late for school. I’m trying the same rule now with the kids, it’s still a case of hits and misses though.
- No Junkfood at Home. Chips specifically. It’s very seldom that my parents put in a can of Pringles or a bag of Lay’s into the grocery cart. If no one bought it, no one gets to put junk into his body, right? Right! I should tell that to myself whenever my grocery cart steers itself down the chips aisle!
- Water. Water. Water. Sodas don’t have a place in our home which explains why I don’t know how to drink them. Unless it’s fresh, juices are also reserved only when there are house guests. This is the one practice that we are able to do at home. Though there is an abundance of soda at home as the in-laws take it with every meal, I’m glad to say that the kids haven’t been influenced. Yet.
- Fishies and Chickies. Fish and chicken were the staple food at home back when we were young. On the rare chance that we had red meat, it was without the fat and the skin. To this day, I still shy away from red meat though not entirely. It’s usually served here at home though but I do try to remove the fat and the skin for the kids although they sometimes sneak it into their mouths. Ugh!
- Family Fitness Day. On Sunday mornings, back when we were kids, we’d troop down to CCP and ride our bikes there. While we pedal our bicycles, my folks would walk around and get their exercise as well. We’d all then grab a Jollibee breakfast afterwards. It was our simple family fitness (minus the Jollibee part) routine that has made an impact on me through the years. I have yet to find an activity to do though for my own family. Does sleeping in count? 😛
- Vitamins and Medicine. I remember being the sicky child back then. I was always missing out on the celebrations because I was nursing a fever. Hmmph! Because of that, mom made sure that we took our vitamins regularly and paracetamol every 4 hours when we were sick. Fast forward to today, this mom does the same for her children. In case you’re wondering, we use Ceelin for our vitamins and Biogesic for our Paracetamol. We also always bring along Unilab’s Handy Health Kit for our travels.
How about you? What are your family’s health practices?