Your family means the world to you, and you would go out of your way to make sure that they are happy, and out of harm’s way. You might not realize it, but what you put on the table can determine whether your family’s health will be pushed into harm’s way or not!
There is no dearth of processed, high-sodium foods available in the market. Bombarded and influenced by the countless advertisements on television, your family will be itching to try all these tempting products that claim to be full of wholesome goodness. It is your responsibility to put your foot down and bring your family around to healthy eating habits. It won’t be easy, but it will surely be worth the effort! Processed foods, coupled with a sedentary lifestyle, are the prime reasons for the increasing incidence of obesity. If your family seems to be crossing over into the overweight category, they are at a heightened risk of suffering from crippling diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses which will have a devastating effect on their quality of life. Pay attention to the warning signs, and take action before the waistlines expand any further and your family becomes victimized by poor health!
This healthy eating habit is an absolute must! Your family will develop an immediate disliking for healthy food if it is thrust upon them all at once. They will need time to let go of their love for fatty, calorie-rich foods and your role will be to make the transition from unhealthy to healthy as smooth as possible. Work your way towards your desired family health goals, one small step at a time.
Adding brightly colored fruits and vegetables to your daily lunch and dinner menu will make the eating experience a lot more enjoyable for your kids. Keep freshly colored fruits and vegetables in plain sight so that your family invariably heads for these healthy options when looking for snacks as opposed to opting for chips, sweet snacks and other junk food.
You know your family loves to nibble on food every now then between meal times, so be prepared in advance. Cut up carrot and celery sticks, prepare a simple dip, and refrigerate this simple snack so that it is hard to miss if someone goes hunting for a bite to eat. Toss a simple, fresh salad daily and base the contents on your family’s favorite fruits or vegetables. Add a new vegetable or fruit to the salad every now and then. Replace the bowl of potato chips and sweets with a bowl of fresh fruit so that when your family reaches out for snacks while watching television, they choose the healthy option.
Winning the kids over can seem like an especially tedious process. But it can be done! Involve your kids in the preparation process; have them wash the fruits and vegetables and cut them into fun shapes using cookie cutters, or help them peel and chop if they are old enough to do so. Meal planning can be a fun family experience if you ask the kids to choose their vegetables of choice for the day, search for interesting recipes online, and prepare your meals according to the recipes chosen by the kids. In this way the children won’t feel forced into eating healthy foods. Take them grocery shopping and encourage them to pick out new fruits and vegetables.
Your family will accept the healthy changes faster if you set a good example for them. When you cut down on your unhealthy food consumption and snack on healthy food, your kids will realize that the new ‘eating healthy’ rules do not only apply to them. If you continue skipping meals, snacking on junk food, and eating fatty foods at meal times, your family will resist the changes that you are trying to bring about in their eating habits!