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Am I Really Hungry? A Food Fable

Tired Thomas continued...

But Thomas' dad tells him it's too late in the day to rest. His dad suggests that he have a snack instead. Thomas doesn't feel hungry, but he'll try anything to wake up. After downing an energy drink and a candy bar while playing his favorite video game, Thomas has a sudden rush of energy.

But 30 minutes later, Thomas starts feeling sleepy again and crashes on the couch in front of the TV. In fact, he feels like he might not even be able to stay awake for dinner. Thomas just ate mega calories only to get a short energy burst that made him feel more tired a few minutes later.

  • What are some other ways Thomas could have gotten energy?
  • What would you have done if you were tired and needed energy?

FIT Point: When you're tired, energy drinks and food loaded with caffeine won't give you energy that will last.

Give your body what it needs: Sometimes a short 20-minute nap can give you more energy. But sometimes it's too close to bedtime to sleep. Try getting up and moving to get more energy. Going outside for a short walk or to skateboard or to ride your bike can be a healthy way to energize.

If you are hungry and need food for energy, don't pick food or drinks with lots of sugar and caffeine like energy drinks. The energy they give won't last long and they aren't healthy. Try healthy snacks to give you energy -- like whole-grain crackers with a spoonful of peanut butter or a piece of cheese.


Sad Scott

Scott is so sad. Today at school, he found out his best friend was saying mean things about him. Then he found out he didn't make the baseball team. Scott wants to be comforted, but he feels too embarrassed to talk to his mom or dad about it.

Instead of sharing his hurt feelings, Scott decides to make himself a big dish of ice cream while he thinks things through. Although the ice cream takes Scott's mind off of his bad day for a few minutes, he still feels sad after his bowl is empty.

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