As mom, we have the power to help develop healthy kids, healthy children and a healthy husband, and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure our family is eating healthy.
This topic of “what is healthy eating” gets very difficult for moms.
What does healthy eating REALLY mean? Depending who you talk to, it seems that everyone is coming out with something different.
You should eat no carbs, no sugar, low carbs, more protein, less fat, more fat, real food, imitation food so you don’t have the calories??????? Which one is correct?
YICKES! It is no wonder why most people do not eat healthy. It seems like “CRAZY town” out there when you start doing research.
What I did to come to my own conclusion about healthy eating was to look at all the major health problems that plague our society. Heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. What I found was quite interesting.
For every illness, doctors recommend the SAME diet regardless of what the disease was.
These guidelines were:
1. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables every day.
2. Whole grains, nuts and beans
3. Limit saturated fat, and steer towards “healthy fats”
4. Reduce refined sugar intake greatly and don’t eat processed foods.
So based on these ideas, I came up with my own 10 healthy eating tips that anyone can use.
1. COOK FROM SCRATCH versus buying processed foods. (It doesn’t take as long as you think!)
Just tell a mom with babies who is about to pull her hair out from running after kids all day……..that they should cook from scratch and make sure it is healthy. When you are dealing with children day to day, the thought of adding one more task can feel daunting.
I TOTALLY understand how challenging it can be to cook for a family.
I want to tell you, though it takes a bit more effort, eating healthy is worth putting a priority on.
Your kids will be eating healthy and will not be ingesting the numerous chemicals that are put in processed foods.
2. INVEST MONEY IN BUYING SOME ORGANIC VEGETABLES FOR YOUR HEALTH
Buy some organic fruits, and vegetables. For healthy eating, it is important to eat fruits and vegetables, but you don’t want to be ingesting hundreds of chemicals in doing so. Make sure that you buy organic for the “dirty dozen,” and only buy fruits that are in season.
3. BUY ORGANIC MILK AND CHICKEN
This is one area where I always buy organic. I always purchase organic milk and free range chickens that are treated humanely and don’t have the hormones.
That is a personal decision that everyone has to make.
4. MAKE FRESH VEGETABLE JUICE:
Give your kids fresh carrot/vegetable juice and freshly juiced fruit juice once a week or anytime they are starting to feel sick. What a better way of eating healthy fruits and vegetables then drinking it in a delicious drink. Fresh juice is not the same as juice you buy in the store.
5. BAKE WITHOUT USING WHITE REFINED SUGAR