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Please Mum, don't supersize me!

By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Richard & Joey Marc, husband and wife duo, have the solutions for parents who want to help their children live a long healthy life.

They have written a book titled Please Mum Don’t Supersize Me for parents, to clear up any confusion about healthy eating, exercising and weight loss.

With the books simple step by step format and content, it makes it easy for parents to start implementing changes and living a healthy lifestyle immediately with their entire family.

The two families featured on the show tonight received amazing results, all their techniques and tips they followed are available in Richard & Joey Marc new book Please Mum Don’t Supersize Me.

Here are 4 action steps the families did to achieve their success:

  • Realised the need for change – identified why they wanted to make a change in their family’s lifestyle.

  • Set a plan – set a plan of how they were going to do it!

  • Take Action – Replaced unhealthy lifestyle habits with healthy lifestyle habits.

  • Family Support – as a family unit they supported each other and encouraged each other to stay on track and keep motivated.
  • Improve your family’s health now:

  • Be active everyday. Instead of sitting down after dinner and watching TV, go for a brisk evening walk around the block or to the local park and throw a ball around, walk the dog, or go for a bike ride. A little bit of activity will make a drastic difference to your general health, improving your circulation, burning fat and releasing ‘happy chemicals’ such as serotonin in the body that will improve your mood. You’ll also sleep better.
  • Make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water each day. While the ‘eight glasses a day’ rule is misleading, you should still be drinking water when you are thirsty and not sugary drinks. There are 10 teaspoons of sugar most cans of soft drink. If you’re thirsty, your body is telling you it needs water, not a treat!
  • Replace any high sugar snacks such as chocolate bars and lollies with a piece of fresh fruit or fruit salad. Just don’t keep junk in the house. If you really think the kids need a treat after a healthy week then go to the shops with them to pick something small out. Having treats around the house will likely ruin your routine.
  • Improving your child’s lunchbox:

  • Make it fun - place pieces of fruit such as strawberries in clear zip-up bags and write a note or joke to your child on the front. This will make them excited about opening their lunchbox to see what note is left each day. Cut sandwiches in different shapes (quarters, circles, smiley faces).
  • Make it colourful - ensure there are plenty of fruits and vegetables in their lunchbox so it is colourful and healthy - such as a sandwich, with fruit salad, vege sticks (carrot, celery), piece of fruit/apple, juice, water.
  • Keep it healthy - cut up pieces of fruit for your child so it is easy for them to eat. Such as watermelon (cut into cubes), apples (quarters), kiwi friut (circles), orange (quarters or peel the skin in a circle motion forming a long snake like ring that sits on the orange until your child is ready to eat it. Then they pull off the skin to eat the orange and the skin is in a snake ring - makes it fun for kids!)
  • Leave the junk out! - if you do not put junk food into your child’s lunchbox high chances are they won’t eat it! So ditch the junk and replace it with healthy foods such as fruit, vege sticks, yoghurt, cheese or healthy muesli bars.
  • Please Mum, Don’t Supersize Me is available at all good book stores Australia wide for $24.95 and also online website at: www.PleaseMumDontSupersizeMe.com

    If you would like to receive free health, wellness or motivational tips from Richard & Joey Marc each week, visit www.Marcwellness.com and go to Free Thought of the Week!

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