Resolve to Eat Healthy
You can make one more resolution… for your children. If you want your kids to eat healthy foods, you need to make changes yourself. It’s up to you to resolve that your family will be healthy this coming year.
Your kids eating habits will change when YOU change.
We need to look at ourselves first, if we want our kids to change their eating habits. Any goals for healthy children come from a sincere desire to change yourself. When you change your habits, your kids will, too.
Mason & Violet make a New Year’s resolution to eat whole foods.
I don’t know how many parents have told me they have tried to get their kids to stop eating junk foods…but their cupboards are full of chips and soda. (Of course, there’s lots of additional help for your picky eater. Click Here to purchase Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater.)
Your goals should be positive. Research has shown that negative feelings are a frequent cause of relapse in behavior-change programs. Focus on the positive. For example, resolve to “eat healthier” rather than “no junk food.” Both resolutions have the same end result, the first focuses on the positive.
Make Time to Cook
The number one reason why our families eat poorly is that we don’t want to cook. Fast foods do NOT provide the nutrients we need to remain healthy. Yes, cooking takes time. There is really no excuse for not cooking, other than we don’t want to.
Even those who don’t know have much time to cook can eat healthy…Click Here. We have appliances designed to cut cooking time (pressure cookers) and others (crock pots) which allow you to be out of the house while dinner is cooking. Making double size batches of casseroles, pot roasts, and basic ingredients like brown rice, the next meal is a matter of reheating.
Reading labels is the only way to know what’s in the food you purchase. It takes a little more time in the beginning. You will quickly find additive-free products. If you store highly processed cookies, crackers, chips and sodas in your pantry, that’s what your kids will eat. When you purchase real food that’s what your kids will snack on: fruit (including dried fruit like raisins), nuts, seeds, and veggies. Click Here for 7 Tricks of the Trade.
Incorporate Whole Foods
You’ll eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day when you have fruit and vegetables readily available. A half cup of cooked vegetables, one cup of raw leafy vegetables, or one small whole fruit counts as one serving. You’ll incorporate healthy snacking when you have nuts, seed, and fruit in your kitchen. Get your kids involved. They will eat more whole vegetables when they help out in the kitchen. Set aside at one day a week for each child to be your kitchen helper or chef of the day.
Finally, don’t get discouraged. If you slip into unhealthy patterns, redirect your course. You’ll be glad you did.