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Eat this! Don't eat that!

It’s so easy to fall in to the trap of the fad diets orbiting the perfect foods to cure all our illnesses. Eat this! Don’t eat that! 

As the new year unfolds, don’t let it open you up to your anxieties or obsessions surrounding diet for you and your family. Start the new year off right and eliminate the struggle by re-establishing a healthy relationship with food based around better eating habits.

You already know how important it is to feed your entire family healthy food, but sometimes it just comes down to not knowing exactly how to do it. So, we’re going to help you out and give you a few important lessons we think will help you guide your family towards the path of eating better.

It’s so easy to fall in to the trap of the fad diets orbiting the perfect foods to cure all our illnesses. Eat this! Don’t eat that! 

As the new year unfolds, don’t let it open you up to your anxieties or obsessions surrounding diet for you and your family. Start the new year off right and eliminate the struggle by re-establishing a healthy relationship with food based around better eating habits.

You already know how important it is to feed your entire family healthy food, but sometimes it just comes down to not knowing exactly how to do it. So, we’re going to help you out and give you a few important lessons we think will help you guide your family towards the path of eating better.

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  1.  Stock up. You know your children should eat every three to four hours, so plan ahead! Schedule and allow for three meals, two snacks, and plenty of water. Always on the move? Here’s an easy tip: put a cooler in your car! You can stock it with carrots, pretzels, yogurt, and water so you won’t need to resort to fast food at the last cranky minute.
  1. Plan your dinners. Planning the full week is ideal for grocery shopping and efficiency, but if you find the idea of planning a weekly menu too daunting, start off with two or three days at a time. A good dinner doesn't need to be elaborate, but it should be balanced. Try to include a whole-grain starch; a fruit or a vegetable; and a protein source like lean meat, cheese, or beans.
  2. Nix Picky Eaters. Are you making two dinners? One for the kids and one for you and your spouse? Get rid of that bad habit! When you prepare one meal and serve it family-style, you can pick and choose how what and how much the kids will eat.
  3. Dip it. Sometimes the key to getting your kids to eat vegetables simply requires a little fun! If you’re having a hard time with them accepting vegetables in their diet, experiment with dips. Some good ones to try include hummus, salsa, and yogurt-based dressing.
  4. Sneak in Fiber. Fiber is something that the majority of families don't get enough of on a daily basis. Start the day off right and sneak it in to breakfast! Keep it easy by shopping for high-fiber cereals, whole-grain pancakes, or waffle batter.
  5. Sprinkle some sugar. Sometimes your little ones just need a little sugar on top! If a little sprinkle of brown sugar on their cooked carrots makes them smile while they eat every last one, do it.
  6. Get the kids in the kitchen. When your kids are a part of choosing or preparing meals, they’ll be more interested in trying new food and recipes. They can be a part of the shopping and the chopping if they’re old enough!
  7. Have fun. Take charge of the food in your home and have the kids help. Sort and throw out old or unhealthy food together! The more creative the meal or activity is, the more likely they are going to be to participate. When it comes to choosing food, it could be as simple as making smiley-face pancakes or giving foods silly names. Anything mini is guaranteed to be a hit too.
  8. Be a role model. Set a goal to create a good relationship with food and display healthy eating habits. Your children will grow up thinking your habits are normal instead of being inclined to take on every new dieting fad they see. Teach them that they can trust their bodies to let them know when they are hungry and when they are full. At the end of the day, moderation is key! When you mix smart and healthy food choices with fun physical activity, balance comes naturally.

If you ever have any questions about creating or maintaining a healthy diet for you and your family, make sure you discuss your options during your scheduled appointment with PAL, 770-277-6725. 

 

 

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