Have you been looking for a way to improve your family’s eating habits but haven’t found a way to get everybody onboard? Here at Pinnacle, we understand how tough it can be to try and get your entire family on the same page when it comes to what’s for dinner, even without the added health aspect, and that’s why we’re sharing these tips with you!
You don’t want to dive right in to making changes – that would be too big of a change right off the bat and probably turn your family off the idea for good. Gradual changes are way easier than trying to make a life changing decision overnight. Before making any changes, identify what changes need to be made. Reflect on what your bad eating habits are: is your family drinking their calories, relying too much on convenience and fast food, lacking portion control, or something else? If it’s overeating that’s the problem, gradually reduce portion sizes by using smaller plates and bowls and serve singular portions rather than dishing food out family style.
Identify What Foods to Avoid
While you don’t have to swear off indulging in your favorite snacks forever, limiting them to once a day or once a week is ideal. Food and drinks that are high in sugar, whether that sugar be natural or artificially added, are one of the biggest factors in increased weight gain and developing diabetes so things like soda, sugar heavy coffees, sugary juices, cakes, pastries, donuts, candy, and even certain cereals and grains should be kept to a minimum. Foods that have high fat content should also be limited. Overconsumption of fatty foods can result in heart disease and even the potential for strokes, so put a limit on how many heavy creams, cheeses, butters, and red meats like pork, hamburger meat, bacon, sausage, and ham your family is consuming.
Identify What Foods to Add
In place of the sugary snacks and fatty foods you’re cutting out are an assortment of fresh fruit, whole grains, lean meat, and foods with healthy fat. Fresh fruit and veggies are packed with the nutrients our bodies need and eating a rainbow assortment of each will give you a healthy assortment of vitamins and minerals. Whole grains – whole grain oats, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta – are much better for you than their white counterparts and contain more fiber that will prevent excess fat storage and insulin spikes. Leans meats like chicken, turkey, and a variety of fish are very low in fat but still provide plenty of protein. Healthy fats can be found in avocadoes, nuts, seeds, salmon, coconut oil, and a host of other delicious foods.
Food doesn’t have to be the bad guy, you can get creative and find recipes you and your family love, and although you’re not eating your favorite snacks as often that doesn’t mean you can’t find some new ones!
If you’re looking to change up your family’s diet or make any other drastic health change, the experienced professionals at Pinnacle are here to help! Contact us today if you have any questions or want to get started on the path to a healthier you!
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