Recognizing the benefits of eating healthy. Would you like to make healthy changes in your family?
First thing you need to understand and employ to this decision is patience. Human beings (both adults and children as well) are beings of habits. And therefore it will take some time to change certain things, so you have to take it a step at a time. If you try to do too much too soon, you may be diving for the end of your plan before it even starts. Real changes such as this will take time.
Don’t sell yourself to the assumption that kids only want to eat junk foods. Serve kids with foods that have health benefits and train them towards that. Kids have been brainwashed into wanting just junk and so many sugary products. But you have to make an effort in gradually training them out of that and into a healthy eating regime. Also, pay attention to find out what kinds of these foods they love and how best they like it served.
Substitute their snacks with vegetables and fruits. Buy a lot of them and store them in the refrigerator, let it what everybody in the house sees first. Keep them fresh so they will at least look good enough to grab and eat. You could also educate them on the benefits of healthy eating and make it fun to accomplish a new eating habit that will be beneficial to everyone.
Have you ever heard the saying ‘be the example of what you want to see and others will follow’? It applies here as well. Set an example that involves healthy eating accompanied with other steps and watch how easier it would be to get others to join and even motivate you to continue. But you don’t have to be all the way perfect. Make it clear that you’re trying to reach the goal and stay there, but don’t forget to make them understand that it isn’t all the way easy, even through your commitment. Your flaws can also be a form of motivation to them as they start and continue as well.
Don’t undermine the power of eating together as a family. It creates and affirmation for the connection and helps everybody realize that they’re not alone in achieving the new objective. Seeing it all play out during every meal will also give you joy to see the results. Although, this may be hard for some people due to work and shifting schedules. But you can try to achieve one meal together as a family every day. And don’t nag or complain so much if you miss a few days, remember the first tip is ‘patience’. It won’t be easy to make adjustments as this in a flash. It will take some time, and if you patiently follow through, you’ll definitely be glad as you see things beginning to change and you all begin to reap the benefits of healthy living.
Another added benefit of making sure to achieve as many meals together as a family as possible is that it will greatly reduce overeating. The whole family eats together so the moderate amount of food for one meal can be served before everybody and can be watched. This in turn helps to lower the rates of eating disorder, obesity and instability in emotions of your kids.