I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Children tend to be less active in the summer because they have more downtime. There’s more mindless eating potential because summer days are less structured and kids have access to the kitchen. Less activity plus more junk food equals weight gain, and that could cause health problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, yes, even in children!
And even if they are being active, playing outside, swimming, etc, they’re in hot conditions. Kids are particularly prone to dehydration in the summer, because their central nervous systems aren’t fully developed.
Since they’re filled with sodium, they zap water from kids’ bodies—and up children’s chances of dehydrating. Plus, those wieners are stocked with saturated fat, which is a factor in causing heart disease, even in tiny tickers.
Depending on the brand, a one-cup scoop of plain vanilla ice cream contains more than 400 calories and 40 grams of sugar. That’s a heavy load for itsy-bitsy bodies to shoulder when they’re not as active in the summer. It can also have as much as 16 grams of saturated fat, a big problem because high-fat foods can leave kids without the energy they need to play outside.
Not only can all of that sodium cause dehydration, but it can also prompt kids to quench their chip-spurred thirst with sugary drinks. Plus, chips are high in fat.
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