Parents Are You Eating Well?

In my new book, Teaching Kids How to Eat Well: A Series of Healthful Eating Tip Sheets for Kids and Teens A Parent’s Guide, I talk about helping kids to eat well and how it is a process, well it can also be a process for parents to eat well too.

Before you can help your child eat well you must help yourself eat well.  Take a serious look at your diet; are you eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins? Are you paying attention to serving sizes and do you stop eating when you feel full?

If not, keep these two things in mind on your quest to healthy eating.

Set Yourself Up for Success

If you want to succeed with eating well you should start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. If you try to go cold turkey and make changes to your diet overnight you are setting yourself up for failure, its just not realistic or smart. When you try to change everything at once you will be more tempted to give up on healthy eating. Make small steps instead, like adding a leafy green salad to your diet once a day or drinking eight ounces of water with every meal.  As these small steps become a habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

Leafy Green Salad

Moderation is Key

People often think that healthy eating means you must give up your favorite foods; it’s an all or nothing situation.  This is far from the truth; the key to healthy eating is moderation.  More specifically, it means eating less processed foods and more whole foods, real food. If you have a preference for sweet, salty, or fatty foods, start by reducing the amount you consume (portion size) and how often you eat them.  The hope is that in time you may find yourself craving such foods less and thinking of them as occasional indulgences.

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