Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Stay Healthy According to a 9 Year Old

By Isabella Kerris, age 9

Ice cream, cake, brownies, cupcakes, lollipops, smarties, skittles, jolly ranchers! 

I am sure I have named one of your favorite desserts but all of these things I listed are not healthy and they are loaded with sugar. They should not be on your plate! Maybe once in a while you can have one or two or maybe three, but it is not healthy. Keep on reading if you want to learn more about staying healthy.

My first way to stay healthy is you should LIMIT SUGAR! It is not good to eat food with sugar in it for your whole life. If you eat too many sugary foods you can develop diabetes. For breakfast you can have eggs with a side of fruit. For lunch you can have salad and some grilled chicken. For dinner you can have whole wheat pasta or maybe more grilled chicken. And always, always, always try having more fruit and veggies, they are better for you. One time I was sneaking candy when I wasn't allowed to, it was early in the morning and I did not have breakfast yet. My dad caught me and said, “Sweetie I know chocolate is very addicting but we can’t have it all the time because it is not good for us.” He was right! My favorite healthy foods are carrots and toast with sun butter. Now you know all about why you should limit sugar. On to the next way to be healthy.  

The second way you should stay healthy is by eating a lot of fruits and veggies. Here are some of the healthy things you can eat: carrots, potatoes, broccoli, spinach, kale, tomatoes, banana, olives, kale, pickles, coconuts, salad, greens, apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, celery, fennel, pumpkins, blackberries, almonds, cashews, and more. My mom and dad drink a gross smoothie every day with broccoli, greens, spinach and kale. It is the color green. One time my mom made extra of that smoothie and she asked me, "Do you want some?," so I said, “NO PLEASE NO I WANT NONE!!!!!! Please no, I don't like that.” I didn't have any but I should have tried it. Now you know why you should eat fruits and veggies.

My third and final way to be healthy is that you need to exercise. To exercise you need to warm up your muscles so you can do jumping jacks or splits. You can even run around the gym. One time my coach said it was very important to warm up and if you don't your muscles will be cold so when you are trying to stretch it won't work all the way. Now you know why you need to exercise and now you know how to be healthy and you can go try it yourself! 

You are practically an expert now! Go try it! Remember stay healthy and you will feel great. 

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