Eating habits are learned from the very beginning of life. Here are 10 tips to help you and your family make smart choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle. What are you waiting for?
1. Practice what you preach. Eat healthy, strong body foods and limit sweets. Let your kids see you trying new foods. They will want to emulate you.
2. Plan ahead. Start your week with a daily meal plan and stock up on the items you anticipate needing to avoid multiple trips to the grocery store. Don’t forget to store cut-up fruit and vegetables in the fridge for easy snacks.
3. Cook in bulk. Prepare twice as much and save some for a later date. Everyone loves leftovers! This trusted technique will also give you extra quality time with your family.
4. Involve your whole family. There are age-appropriate ways everyone can help in the kitchen. Take a family outing to the grocery store so everyone can explore the different foods it has to offer. Allow each of your family members to choose a fruit and vegetable that you can try together. Let your kids help you wash and cut vegetables and set the table. All of these activities help form a positive relationship with healthy food.
5. Cook from scratch. It’s the only way to know exactly what you’re eating, especially if there are any allergies or intolerances amongst your crew.
6. Simple is key. Delicious meals often only require a few quality ingredients and don’t require hours at the stove. By cooking simple, flavorful meals, you cook more consistently, and these healthy habits will stick for life.
7. Eat the rainbow! Fruits and vegetables get their incredible colors from super nutrients called phytochemicals which help protect your body from germs. Your refrigerator and plate should have a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, essentially resembling a rainbow.
8. Family meals. Eat all together as a family or group at least twice a week. Studies show it helps families maintain a healthy weight. Use this precious time to catch up and talk. It also allows the grown-ups to model proper table manners.
9. Rule of taste. Encourage everyone at the table to take a “thank you” bite of something new. Studies show we need to try something up to 10 times before we decide that we like it. Also, let your kids see you try something that you know you may not like. They will emulate your bravery and willingness to be adventurous.
10. Trust your child’s appetite. Be supportive as your child learns more about their body and what it means to be hungry and feel full. Allow your family members to determine how much they want to eat.
Bottom line – this takes time, work and patience. But in the end, the entire family will enjoy the same nutritious, tasty, and power-packed meals. More questions? Reach out to me to schedule a session.
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