Eating healthy isn't something that should be up for debate. Too many of us seem to see it as a choice - a thing we choose to either do or not do. Realistically, it should be one of the main essential rules in life! Eating healthy foods leads to a longer and healthier life. As a parent, you're responsible for what you and your family eat. Therefore, you need to find ways to get healthier foods into everyone's diet. It can seem like an impossible task, yet it isn't as hard as it seems. To help you out, here are a few suggestions that can encourage you to eat better:
Grow your own food
Growing food at home is a superb way of ensuring your family eats healthily. Think about it, how much better would you eat if you have fresh vegetables and fruit in your garden? The ease of access encourages everyone to eat them, but you can also use the veg as inspiration for your meals. Look at the things you grow and then plan meals that include these ingredients. Just like that, you're eating a lot healthier.
One word of warning is to make sure your garden is free from any pests. Bugs are notoriously guilty of destroying vegetable crops. The spotted lanternfly is particularly worth looking out for! Do some research on how to get rid of spotted lanternflies before you plant anything. It will ensure all of your vegetables grow without any issues. Or else you'll be left with things that simply can't be consumed by humans.
Follow a whole foods diet
No, this doesn't mean you have to exclusively shop at Whole Foods! Instead, it refers to only eating whole foods, meaning you avoid processed things. A lot of people are starting to do this as it means you eat things that haven't been touched or altered. Even if canned food looks healthy, it's been through lots of different processes to get it into that can. The healthiest diet is one that's rich in real foods! Okay, you don’t have to completely ignore other types of foods. However, it makes sense to try your best to include whole foods as much as you can.
Eat the rainbow
This is another tip that can encourage you to use new ingredients and eat more fruit and vegetables. The idea is that you make your meals as colorful as possible. Try to include lots of different colors on the plate, forcing you to eat a range of healthy foods. Vegetables are all sorts of colors, meat and fish are different colors - you get the idea. It stops you from having a plate full of beige fried food, that’s for sure! Obviously, you can’t cheat and use food coloring. Generally speaking, when a plate looks like the rainbow, it will be a healthy meal.
You’re more than welcome to use all three of these ideas if you think they’ll really help you eat healthier. Some of you may only need to call upon one - it’s totally up to you. They all contribute to the same goal: making you and your family healthier.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.