As a teen, you may tend to ignore suggestions from parents, teachers, and other nagging adults when it comes to health. You also ignore the signs your body sends warning of an impending illness. What you need to learn to do is heed your internal warning system and shut out the pressure from your peers if you want good health.
Warning signs that you are not eating healthy:
o Skin breakouts
o Muscle weakness
o Lack of desire to do activities
o Lack of interest in physical activities
o Feeling like you always want to sleep
o Inability to focus on school work
Here are a few tips to change how you feel:
1. Eat breakfast… you may not think it is cool, you may not think you are hungry, but your brain and your heart think otherwise. Feed your body with good healthy food in the morning and it WILL make a difference in your energy levels during the day. Choose foods like fruit, cheese, eggs, or cereal. Avoid high sugar foods because those will give you a drop in energy half way through your morning.
2. Eat lunch… your friends may not think it is cool and you may think socializing at noon is more fun, but your organs and your bones don’t agree. Your body needs food halfway though your day and that means milk, protein, and healthy carbohydrates. Your afternoon will go better for you at school if you have had a healthy lunch. And if you are into sports, lunch is a must to provide your bones and muscles with the energy they need to perform at practice or the all important game. Sports drinks are okay too but look at the caffeine and the sugar levels. Sports drinks should supply you with the vitamins and minerals you need to supplement the loss you have during exercise.
3. Don’t skip dinner… teens need a balanced meal at the end of the school day to replenish your body with the nutrients for growth and muscle development. You need dinner, and the family time wouldn’t hurt either. If family dinners are not something common at your house, make yourself a good dinner, just don’t skip this meal.
4. Get enough sleep… another thing your peers may poke fun at. Teens need 8-12 hours of sleep a night to grow, learn, and feel good. A late night on the computer and text messaging your friends does nothing for your health. Don’t be ashamed to go to bed early a few nights a week. Your health may depend on it.
Do these things on your own without being nagged and you will be rewarded with feeling more energetic and less stressed. Maybe you can even pressure your peers to try it too.