With school starting, you have a goal to focus on filling your house with healthy, nourishing and delicious foods. You spent at least part of the summer working on reducing processed foods and sugars, learning about balancing macros, focusing on proper portion sizes. During the long days of June and July you were able to create a personalized plan that helped you create a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family. Now that the middle of August has arrived and you are dealing with a more hectic schedule, you want to make sure that your great habits from the summer do not go by the wayside.
One of the ways that many families are embracing a lifestyle of healthier eating is to work more
FRESH FOODS into their meal planning.
- Finding the fruits and vegetables that are in season at the local farmer’s market is one way to make sure that you are providing your family with not only great after school snacks, but also the best choices in the summer.
- Realizing that there are resources for fresh foods is the first step in making sure that the meals in your home help promote heathy eating habits.
- Eating processed foods and sugars can lead to a lifetime of eating habits that can cause obesity, a condition that causes many other dangerous health conditions.
- Searing fresh vegetables on the grill is one way to encourage your whole family to eat the latest produce.
- Having bowls of grapes, watermelon, and blue berries out on the counter when the kids come home from school creates an inviting way to present these options to kids when they come home from school.
- Far too often, families rely on fast food and other modern conveniences when it comes to meal time. Breaking those habits today can help you create a healthier and more energetic tomorrow.
- One of the very best ways to make sure that you are eating as healthy as you want is to plant your own garden. Planting your own garden, in fact, can also serve as a way to make sure that you are getting your kids excited about eating their own produce.
- Only healthy eating, of course, can mean a real lifestyle change for any family. You may, for instance, have to build a shed in the backyard to store the gardening tools that you need for maintaining and harvesting your own produce.
- Deciding to keep chickens and raise your own eggs is a logical next choice for many families who try to have a healthier diet. This, too, requires some extra work. Before long, you will have a couple of Amish chicken coops next to the garden shed. You might even eventually add a traditional pergola or gazebo so that you can spent even more time outside.
- Statistics show that the great outdoors is indeed a great way to make sure that you are teaching children the best values. From eating a healthier diet, that includes items you have grown yourself, to making sure the tools are carefully put away in the backyard garden shed, the quest to have healthier snacks can lead to an entirely different lifestyle.
Today’s parenting is not always easy. Outside influences, including technology and television, can encourage your children to eat foods that are not good for them and spend hours looking at screens. As some families work to create a healthier meal plan, however, they are also altering their lives to include raising some of their own food. A home with a chicken coop and garden shed may be just one indicator of a family that is trying to get back to the basics of healthy eating, Bothe after school and at regular meals.
If it is well built, a wooden shed should last at least 15 to 20 years. But the healthy eating habits that you help your children establish can last a lifetime. A lifetime of living without obesity; a lifetime of selecting healthy produce at a local farmer’s market; and a healthy lifetime of realizing that family time in the backyard is far better than screen time inside. Today is the perfect day to make a change toward healthy eating habits for everyone in your family.