Karen Schachter demonstrates a variety of techniques designed to engage young children in healthy eating, such as using meditation
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Kiran Shafter: I am Kiran Shafter in this segment I am going to be teaching you how to teach meditation to young children. Meditation is a great tool to quite your body and quite your mind. This is a really important skill for all of us to know. It can be also really helpful to do before we eat, when our bodies are calm and peaceful, when much more likely to absorb the nutrients from the food that we eat. I also use meditation with young children because it helps them to tune in to their bodies, it can help them know when they are hungry and when they are full, which can help prevent over eating and emotional eating and all kinds of eating problems when they are older. Okay guys we are going to do little bit of meditation every one sit in criss cross I possess with your hands like this turned over with your palms facing up and I am going to ring the bowl like this is what its going to sound like, okay, do you guys still here that sound, yeah its still going we are going to turn on our listening ears and we are going to close what are we going to close? We are going to button out mouth and after we cant here that sound any more, can you still here? We are going to turn our hands over and we are going to do 3 belly breaths, take big breaths in to make your belly like a balloon and then breathe out. And we are going to do with our eyes closed, when you are done with your 3 belly breaths you can open your eyes but let's keep our mouths closed. Kid: I am looking but I don't like to close my eyes. Kiran Shfter: Okay you don't have close your eyes, do whatever you comfortable with, if you want to close your eyes you can but if you don't you don't have to. You guys are ready okay, here is the bell, hands up, did you guys do your belly breaths? Can you put your hand on your belly? How does your belly feel? Is it hungry? Is it fillers a kind of in the middle, kind of, in the middle? Kid: kind of in the middle. Kiran Shafter: How far your -- is it hungry? Kid: In the middle Kiran Shafter: In the middle to, how does your body feel? Does it feel little quieter and more relax. Kid: Yeah Kiran Shafter: Good, Great. Thanks guy.