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Healthy Eating Habits for Your Family

Everyone will agree that keeping their loved ones healthy is basically a full-time job, but we?re here to show you that it doesn?t have to be as challenging?as you probably think. Here are four useful tips on how to take charge of your family health, so check them out and get down to business right now!

Keep ready-to-eat fruits and veggies in plain sight

Truth be told, everyone?s more likely to grab fresh fruits and veggies instead of less healthy food options if they?re readily available and right in front of them. As simple as that! So, if you want your family to make healthier choices when it comes to food, be sure to keep chips and similar snacks tucked away in the back of your cupboard in the first place. If you can?t see the food, you won?t be as challenged to eat it. Besides that, you should also start keeping washed and prepared family-friendly veggies?such as peppers, carrots, and cucumbers in front of the fridge, so that everyone can see them. Apart from these, you should have a fruit bowl full of apples, oranges, pears, and bananas on your counter as well. These are far healthier than any packaged snack.

Be a team player

If your spouse or any of your kids express interest in losing weight or embracing a healthier diet, make sure to be supportive from the very beginning of their journey. Needless to say, you should be extremely careful when picking your words ? especially when it comes to your kids, so try not to say directly that they need to slim down. The truth is that this can often backfire, resulting in additional weight gain, which is why you should get the entire family to work towards the dieter?s goal. You should also take care of your BMI chart, as some studies show that children?s BMIs are highly likely to reduce once their parents? BMIs decrease. Working together as a family will provide support, motivation, and accountability, and it?s definitely much more fun than going at it alone, so work as a team and you?ll see a fantastic improvement shortly!

Don?t eat in front of the TV

Even though eating together as a family has numerous benefits, especially if you and your spouse have full-time jobs and your kids are going to school, make sure not to dine in front of the TV under any circumstances. This is a quite common practice among a lot of families, who enjoy their dinner while watching their favorite TV show after a long day at work and in school. Yes, we agree that it seems fun and entertaining, but you know what? When you?re paying attention to the screen, you aren?t really paying attention to what you?re eating and how much food you?ve already eaten. This is exactly how the majority of people manage to overeat, which can result in gaining weight without them even being aware of that. So, turn off your TV?and eat your dinner around the table, catching up with your spouse and kids.

Take serving plates off the table

Last but certainly not least, taking serving plates off the table is absolutely essential, and reasons for that are more than good. First of all, you must know that overeating is inevitable when you place huge bowls filled with food on the table, which is particularly true when it comes to delicious food everyone loves. Some studies even show that people are likely to consume 35% more food over the course of their meal when food is served family-style, which can result in a massive weight gain over a short period of time. If you want to prevent that, you should definitely keep food on the stove or counter and spoon it out onto plates from there. If someone wants to go back for the second round, they?ll have to leave the table, which is when people start to consider their hunger levels more carefully. This should be your goal, too, so give it a try and you?ll see what we were talking about!

Even though taking charge of your family health often seems like an impossible mission, the truth is that it doesn?t have to be as tricky as you think. All you have to do is to stick to our tips and guidelines and you?ll undoubtedly make that happen ? that?s a promise!

 


Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 4, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.

 

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