Make Sure You and Your Family Eat Healthy

With modern grocery stores you have an endless array of food choices, both healthy and not so healthy choices.  It’s this same variety of food choices and this is contributing to the problem of obesity and obesity is a problem to our health care system.  So how do you choose the right foods and make sure you and your family eat healthy?  Let’s get started.

Get Rid of all the Junk Food in the House

Imagine sitting in front of the TV late at night and you have the munchies, that’s a familiar scenario for many of us.  But if you have a cupboard full of potato chips and chocolate bars then that is what you’re going to eat.  Instead fill the fridge and cupboards with healthy snacks, you can use vegetable sticks, fruit or nuts instead.  Here is some help on kicking the junk food habit.

Stop Working at the Kitchen Table

We are all guilty of this, you bring work your home from the office and you fire up the laptop at the kitchen table.  That tempts you into working at mealtimes, this is a habit you need to break.  First shut down the laptop and focus on what you’re eating.  When you are distracted you overeat and you can be tempted into eating the wrong foods just because it is convenient.  No matter how much work you have to do, put the laptop away at mealtimes and move your laptop into your office or the living room.

Stop the Blame Game

There will be birthdays, celebrations and other occasions where you fall off the healthy food bandwagon.  Deal with it!  One mistake doesn’t mean you have keep making it.  Move on and get back on track.  Embrace the occasions where you can indulge your sweet tooth and the next day get back to eating healthy.

Pack a Lunch

Packing a lunch for work means that you’re not running out at lunch time and grabbing a hamburger or some other bad food.  Making lunch everyday may seem like the most tedious thing ever, so get creative.  When you make evening meals make enough for lunch the next day.  Plan your meals a week ahead of time so that you don’t have to stress during the week.  Make sure that you bring snacks so that you don’t hit the vending machine at 3 in the afternoon.  Use your breaks and lunches to get some exercise.

When it is mealtimes take the time to sit down and chew your food, don’t race through the meal and don’t be distracted by work, the TV or your smartphone.  When you eat your food slowly and chew your food thoroughly it helps you feel full faster and eat better food.

Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Habits Starts Early

Remember the time when you had serious problems with the food your child wanted and didn’t want to eat? You’ve read all the books on toddler nutrition, the rules, tips and tricks on making your child actually love broccoli, right? However, things didn’t work out in practice. This is why you had to break some rules and make your own. Can you come up with more rules worth breaking? Read on.

1. Keeping it natural

Your child will acquire the eating habits until the early age of two, perhaps even earlier. From the moment when your child can eat the half-boiled food, start offering a choice of vegetables. Keep it natural. You don’t want your child to eat the ready-made blended vegetables in plastic bottles, do you? These products are often full of salt and sugar. Instead, make small portions of fresh blended vegetables for your little ones.

2. Getting rid of your fears

What’s the number one fear among parents? Eating habits and eating-related diseases. If you have a toddler, simply offer healthy food. Don’t force your child. Listen to your child. You will quickly notice that your child loves to make the choice. You have surely made the well-known rookie mistake: you offered your child a chocolate because you wanted to award him / her for eating some fruit earlier. This is a rule worth breaking. Encourage him / her to pick vegetables from the shelves and promise to eat together. Point out the diversity of colors, explaining that each color represents the other type of food needed by the body to grow.

3. Keeping snacks and “harmful” food out of the child’s reach

If chips, chocolate or cakes are on the table in your living room, would you blame your child for wanting to eat it? Each time your child wants to grab the thing which is in front of his nose and you prevent him from doing it, you just make things worse, don’t you? Seasonal fruit should always be on the table, washed and ready for consumption.

4. Having fun with your child in the kitchen

Did you notice that kids often say that their most beautiful memories are those of cooking with their parents, picking fruit and vegetables from the garden? I remember my kids loved spending time with me in the kitchen. We cooked for real, but we played in the same time. Spend some time in a natural environment and allow your child to prepare the food with you. Trust me, your little one will eat everything you prepare together with joy.