Although you may not realise it, many of your eating habits and opinions on food were formed when you were a child. We’re taught to eat a certain way, what to eat, and how much to eat from a very early age from our parents, grandparents, and other guardians. For example, I was always taught to clear my plate. Now I realise that this is WRONG. Clearing your plate is all well and good if you were very hungry, but you should always stop eating when you’re full, regardless of what’s left on the plate. This led me to overeat as a child and teen, and I’m only just coming to terms with my eating issues and working on how to resolve them. Thanks for that mum and dad! Anyway, what I’m trying to say, is that it’s never been more important to be a healthy, fit, family unit. Want to know how to do it? Read on…
Eat Healthy, Balanced Meals
The key to any healthy family is to eat healthy, balanced meals. You can find plenty of recipes and examples online, so not knowing what to cook shouldn’t be used as an excuse. There’s no need for you and your children to eat different meals either. Make sure you all get plenty of veg especially!
Enjoy the Odd Treat in Moderation
Sure you can have the odd treat, just don’t do it every day. Go a few days without having processed rubbish or confectionary, then allow yourself something small if you need to like a bar of chocolate. You shouldn’t deprive yourself or your kids, but the worst thing you can do is let them have whatever treats they want to keep them quiet!
Be Honest With Your Children About What is Healthy and What Isn’t
Make sure you do your best to educate your kids about healthy and unhealthy foods. Make sure they know why things are healthy, and why things aren’t. For example, you could tell them that eating processed food all the time isn’t good for us, because it isn’t natural – it was manmade in a factory. You don’t want to scare them into not eating, but you want to educate them enough so they can make good choices when they grow up.
Make Kid’s Meals Look Fun
Everybody eats with their eyes more than their mouths, but kids do it especially. Make their meals look as fun as possible to encourage them to eat. You can even make their meals sound fun, by calling vegetables by cool names. I think ‘mini trees’ is a cute name for broccoli. Can you think of any?
Get Active Together
Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle as a family. Go for walks, go swimming, play games, and have lots of fun! For adults who need to lose a bit of excess weight, the above tips should help a great deal. However, if you need some assistance research the best weight loss diet pills to compliment your new lifestyle.
Does your family love this new way of life? Let us know in the comments!