by Lisa Golebieski, M.S.
Many of us embark dieting alone or deciding to eat healthier for ourselves, but did you know that we can succeed better at these goals if we include our family and friends? If we all come together in society to choose healthier ways to eat and live, we will all make changes not only for ourselves but for everyone around us.
What we choose to eat impacts us all. If we all choose to support companies that make unhealthy foods, they will continue to prosper at the expense of disease and obesity which can potentially cause us harm over time. But if we rally food companies that offer foods to enrich our lives with the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy, then we will all benefit from them for many years to come.
Think of our bodies as machines…… very complex….. everything we intake affects us in the most microscopic way. It’s the one thing we all share equally….the way our bodies function. Which is why collaborating with family, friends and society to embrace healthier eating practices is a WIN WIN situation.
Here are some tips to get started:
1. Research healthier recipes…… choose three and take a vote or pull one out of a bag. Then partake in cooking it together.
2. Shopping at a farmer’s market and selecting a fruit or vegetable no one has never tried before. Make a challenge to try and make a full meal just from a farmer’s market. You’ll be surprised of how many healthy options there are.
3. Choosing healthier better quality restaurants when eating out together.
4. Have more picnics. Making and bringing your own meals to an outdoor picnic area makes eating healthier a fun experience. You can even set up a picnic in your own house. Choose a room you normally don’t eat in (like a den, bedroom, etc…), lay out a blanket, set up and enjoy.
5. Make food shopping a fun outing. A field trip to learn how to read labels, eliminate processed foods and look for only the healthiest alternatives. The goal is to make it to check out with lots of foods from the perimeter of the store (minus the bakery dept.). The perimeter typically has the most nutrient-rich foods and the center isles usually contain the processed/packaged less nutrient based foods.
6. Instead of isolating ourselves by using a fad diet, find ways to incorporate eating less, snacking in moderation and making healthier food choices where everyone in our lives can benefit. LEARNING to eat healthier is much more successful than relying on commercial diet plans or diet pills/supplements. When family and friends eat healthier with us, we all can attain a normal weight and maintain it for life.
Let’s take “our vehicle” to life on amazing trips and journeys….we only get one body so let’s all keep it tuned up and well maintained together!
Lisa Golebieski, MS Holistic Nutrition Consultant
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