Terre Haute Living August 2018 - Page 46

WHAT’S HEALTHY Preparation is key Tips for a smooth return-to-school routine B ack-to-school time brings a flood of emotions. Getting back into the swing of things can be a challenge even if you are looking forward to the routine. And as you start to pack the calendar with back-to-school events, make sure you’re accounting for your family’s health. You can even step up the game by setting a high standard from the start of the school year. All it will take is a little planning. IN THE MORNING Have a morning routine timed out for everyone in the family. • An example: 6 a.m. shower and start breakfast; 6:30: wake up kids, have them dress and start eating breakfast; 7: pack lunch, brush teeth and hair; 7:30: leave the house IN THE EVENING Have an evening routine and stick to it. You might need dif- ferent routines depending on whether you’ll be coming home or gone all evening. The key is to be prepared for whatever the evening brings. • Pack snacks or supper. • Make supper in the slow cooker. THE NIGHT BEFORE Prepare as much as possible the night before. • Include: breakfast dishes, clothes, meals, after-school activities, after-school, on-the-go snacks, prepare a meal for the slow cooker and put it in the fridge until the next morning when you need to begin cooking. ON THE WEEKEND Prepare as much as possible before the week starts. • On Saturday, take a look at your schedule for the following week. If you wait until Sunday, then you might not have time to wash the uniforms or bake/cook the foods. • Make homemade foods that you can freeze in smaller portions and pull out as needed. Some suggestions: freezer meals, or freeze muffins, pancakes, waffles or biscuits; refrigerate hard boiled eggs, egg cups and meats. 46 Terre Haute Living • August 2018 Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Zigler HOW DO YOU FEEL? As you look at your schedule ahead take note to how it makes you feel. • If you are over-scheduled and over- whelmed, a new school year might be a new start for you. • It’s okay to say no. Say no a few practic- es, a meeting, an appointment or even your kids or work. Being stressed and overworked is unhealthy too. Jackie Farmer is a part- time hairstylist, personal trainer and full-time mom of 4 young kiddos. She loves to share with others her journey to find balance between fitness, a healthy lifestyle, family and the rest of life’s demands. Find her at luvhealthbeauty.com. tribstar.com/terrehauteliving