Eating Your Way to a Healthier You
Between job schedules, medical appointments and a social life, it can be hard to keep your household on track for healthy living. You might not have the time or ability to cook an entire food-group conscious meal. Fortunately, there are many easy and affordable options for keeping your family fit and focused on healthy eating and living. With some online assistance, you can always find out more about local eateries providing healthy options, but there are some changes you can make as well.
Start at the Beginning
Many people don’t worry about their eating habits until it’s a little too late. If you really want to get your family on track, start when your kids are young. If you are a new couple, make it a priority. It’s a lot easier to instill good habits than it is to break bad ones.
Get Colorful and Creative
Your evening meals don’t have to look like a Food Network show, but the more color you have on your plate, the better it will be. Kids like the variation in color and it does engage more of the senses in a dining experience. However, many of the colorful fruits and vegetables you include are some of the healthiest options available. Use chopped fruits and veggies for kid snacks or your afternoon work slump rather than processed snack foods.
Take Small Steps
A game changer for healthy living is the small substitutions that you make on a daily basis. Swap the bad fats for good fats (olive or coconut oil rather than butter) and invest in protein-rich foods rather than empty starches and carbohydrates. Little by little, you can revolutionize your family eating habits.
Make It a Memory
If you don't think your kids will appreciate the way you trashed the bucket of cheese puffs, turn their snacking alternatives in a family affair. Schedule a homemade pizza night where everyone gets involved. Let them roll their dough and pick their toppings. Many children are more apt to eat something they have had a hand in preparing. Look through recipes or snack ideas together, and let them have a hand in choosing what is on the menu.
You Can Do It
The old saying goes that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The same is true for starting on a healthy living mission. Change your diet one bite at a time.
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