When to eat sugar and carbs

Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC Family Counselor & Author, shares advice for parents on the best times for kids to eat certain foods in order to do best in school
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When to eat sugar and carbs

Diet and nutrition are crucial to learning. It's a direct connection between what we take in and how our mind is going to work. The place to start is breakfast. Breakfast is very important. One thing we can do is stop. Stop feeding our kids cereals. I know this is hard for people, but any cereal that has a lot of sugar and a lot of carbs. Give them protein and here's why: If we give the child a lot of sugar, the child goes to school and usually has something where he or she needs to sit down and learn - PE usually doesn't happen at 8:00 in the morning -- a lot of those kids in that classroom are not going to be able to sit down and learn because the body is processing the carbs and the sugar. It's going to funnel through the system. Some kids can sit just fine, but four or five kids in that classroom of twenty-five are not going to be able to sit well. That's just one example. Another example is later. If we want kids to learn around 2:00, make sure they are not eating a lot of fat and sugar around noon. Direct relationship between learning and what our body takes in.

Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC Family Counselor & Author, shares advice for parents on the best times for kids to eat certain foods in order to do best in school


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Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC

Family Counselor & Author

Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books published in 21 languages. He provides counseling services at the Marycliff Center, in Spokane, Washington. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.

 He has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including The Wonder of Girls, The Wonder of Boys, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, and The Minds of Boys.

Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities per year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

 As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University.  His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.

Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People Magazine, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.

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