Your family’s nutritional intake may not strike you as particularly grave, but poor eating habits can lead to cancer, heart-attack and heart disease, osteoporosis, blood cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
The reality of the situation is: your eating habits largely dictate the health of you and your family. Prevention is always better than cure, as they say, and here’s what you can do to ensure your family members remain hale and hearty.
You have to rid the house of all junk food. That essentially means: no fast food, potato chips, biscuits, pretzels, donuts and chocolates. There are no ifs and buts’ – you are playing with fire if you actually believe you or your loved ones will resist that bag of chips lying around or will not succumb to the bar of chocolate. Why tempt temptation? The logic is a simple one: you are bound to eat what’s at your disposal.
Switch to Healthy Snacking
Contrary to popular belief, snacking is healthy. Indeed, nutritionists have found snacking to be instrumental in regulating blood pressure levels, lowering cholesterol levels, minimizing weight gain while simultaneously facilitating weight loss and reducing the risk of diabetes. However, this only stands provided your snack in question is healthy.
Ideal Snack Combo’s:
Hard-boiled Egg Whites
Vegetables + Peanut Butter
Whole-grain toast + Almond Butter
Air Popped Popcorn
Hummus + Vegetables
Whole Grain Crackers
Cottage Cheese + fruit
Be ‘The Illusionist’
Learn the craft of making meals appear larger than they are. Add generous amounts of vegetables on the plate to create the illusion that portions are larger than they actually are. You are effectively cooking less and sneaking in nutrition on to your family’s plate. Win-win!
Don’t Feed Your Fears
Emotional eating is a disorder characterized by sudden hunger pangs, craving junk food which provides immediate satiation and mindless eating. This can be avoided by encouraging family members to connect with one another to talk about troubles which may trigger the emotional eating. Implementing a daily exercise regimen also goes a long way in countering stress and the onset of stress related concerns.
Switch to Fresh Juices
You and the family should jointly refrain from drinking carbonated drinks and boxed juices and move on to fresh juices without sugar. Soft drinks and boxed juices collectively have been associated with heart attacks, obesity, osteoporosis kidney damage, and several cancers. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice, on the other hand, minimize the risk of several cancers, heart disease and early aging.
Alas, there is much wisdom in the age-old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” Ask yourself: what have you been laying on the table and is it paving the way to a healthy future?