With everything that mom’s have to do, it is easy to forget that we are growing little beings.
What our children put into their mouths, what they place on their skin and/or what they breathe into their lungs
will make our kids healthy or not.
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.
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What Does Eating Healthy Mean?
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:
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Whole grains, nuts and beans
- Limit saturated fat, and steer towards “healthy fats”
- 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.
10 Way To Make Healthy Eating Simple:
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.
Believe me when I say that I TOTALLY understand how difficult it can be to cook when you have children in the house regardless of if you are a stay at home mom, or a mom who works out of the house and has to come home and cook. It is not easy to balance everything.
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
A wonderful healthy eating habit is to bake delicious cookies, healthy muffins, cakes, pancakes, waffles, and brownies for your kids using RAW honey
, coconut sugar, maple syrup and molasses instead of using sugar; all of which are healthy for children.
Healthy eating maintains your blood sugar, which white refined sugar makes it spike.
6. USE WHOLE GRAIN FLOUR AND WHOLE GRAIN PASTA
For a healthy eating diet, buy whole wheat flours and other interesting flours like Quinoa, Amaranth, Oat flour, coconut flour, and almond flour. Instead of buying pasta that is made from white flour, for a healthy eating buying suggestion purchase Quinoa pasta, spinach pasta or brown rice pasta. Whole grains are an important part of healthy eating, and help maintain weight
, a feeling of being full and preventing getting fat.
7. COOK WITH OIL INSTEAD OF BUTTER
Many people think that butter is what makes food tastes good and are amazed at how little you will notice the affect from eliminating this from your cooking.
Try to fry with olive oil versus butter, bake with grape seed oil and coconut oil. You will be using fewer calories
and replacing the fat in your diet with a healthier version that is better for your heart.
8. EAT MANY DIFFERENT COLORS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES EVERY DAY
A great idea for healthy eating is to consume as many different colors of fruits and vegetables every day. Carrots, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, bananas, blueberries, peaches and pears.
Every fruit and vegetable has different health benefits so it is a good idea to eat a mixture of all of the various colors and mixtures.
9. DRINK HEALTHY DRINKS & HEALTHY WATER (AVOID SODA AND SUGAR DRINKS)
Healthy eating means healthy drinking. I suggest not to drink any soda, or drinks that are filled with sugar and food coloring such as Gatorade. In addition, have your water sampled.The water your kids drink will help make your kids healthy or not. Invest in a reverse osmosis water distiller for your home so that your family is drinking high quality water.
Start your day off each morning by having you and your kids drink a big glass of water before you eat any food.