Maybe you have been considering making a lifestyle change for you and your family. You have realized that you don’t look and feel as good as you used too or your children seem to have turned into junk food junkies. As parents you can take action but you need to do it as a family and you must be a positive role model for your children.
For some families getting healthy is a major lifestyle change. But that should not deter you from proceeding. You have much more control than you may think but it will take some discipline. You can turn off the TV and take the kids to the park or go for a walk. Limit the amount of video games your children play and encourage them to go out and kick the ball around.
When it comes to cooking serve more vegetables and get back to the basics. Eat foods in the right proportions and don’t over do it.
When you and your family start eating healthier and getting physically active, think about the benefits such as; when you go hiking with your teenager it might lead to a wonderful talk about life that was unexpected. So many things can happen when you start to pull away from the daily grind of life and enjoy it more. You connect with the people you love and give and receive attention. There are many positive things that can happen when you and your family make a major lifestyle change such as this one.
All this may sound pretty good but it may take a little convincing with the other family members. Suggesting that everyone take a run everyday may get you booted out of the family. Unless everyone is on board with the idea you should make small, easy changes over time. Take a walk after dinner a couple nights a week instead of turning on the TV. Eat strawberries over angel food cake instead of cake and ice cream for dessert.
You can even make changes without your family knowing that will benefit their health. For example you could use low fat milk in recipes instead of whole milk… Eating healthy meals doesn’t mean that things won’t be good, in fact they will be. Tie that into an active lifestyle and you will greatly increase the overall health of your family.