Changing your diet and practicing good nutrition can be easy to do when you only have to worry about yourself, but when you have to eat with other people with differing opinions, it can become challenging. This article contains smart ways for you to get everyone at your table eating better and happy while they do it.
1. Buy the right thing at the supermarket. Stop going up and down the aisle, picking up things along the way. Stick to the perimeter of the store. That is where you will find the fresh foods, and that is what you need to buy. Don’t bring anything in the house that is not healthy, and you won’t have to fight the temptation all day long.
2. Cook in a healthy way. Use olive oil instead of canola oil. Bake instead of frying. Search out healthier ways to do what you normally do. Instead of cheddar cheese, use feta in your omelette. If you can make healthy substitutions, your family will not feel deprived, even though you are still doing things in a healthy way.
3. Explain to your children what you are doing. Explain to them how the body works, and how good food provides good fuel for their bodies. Explain to them how certain foods can be bad for their bodies. Talk to them about what kinds of things they should eat, and let them help you plan meals and cook them. When you make your children a part of healthy eating, they are more likely to feel good about doing that.
4. Enlist the help of your spouse. Your spouse can be your greatest supporter and helper, or your worst enemy. Talk to your spouse privately about how best to proceed with your nutrition goals, and make sure you are both on the same page regarding how to relate to the children about nutrition. If your spouse does not feel the same way you do, compromise so that you find a happy medium that you can both be comfortable with.
5. Be careful about eating out. When you eat out, make sure you explain to everyone that you can still eat in a healthy manner outside the home. Make yourself available for questions, and be a good role model by ordering something healthy and nutritious for yourself. If you can’t find any nutritious items on the menu, talk about that too.
6. Be honest with each other. If you come home from work one day and eat three donuts, don’t try to hide it. Talk about how sometimes, you just want a piece of pie. Don’t attempt perfection. Tell them that it is natural to splurge sometimes, and show them how easy it is to return to healthy eating.
These tips are going to make it much easier for your family to lead a healthier lifestyle. The guidance you give to your children about nutrition is important, so make sure you give it every effort; make your family nutrition-conscious, and you will all be happier.