Some of our favorite memories include our closest loved ones around a table with our favorite meals, but too often those meals that bring so many families together include processed foods high in cholesterol, refined sugars and additives that cause the body to work against itself.
Healthy living is a process that takes time and intention. Achieving a healthy lifestyle is always easier when you’re surrounded by a support system, so, here are 3 ways to make incorporating more whole foods a family affair.
Get everyone involved
If you and your family are considering adopting a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to make sure everyone gets involved in the process from food choice to trying new recipes. Hectic and conflicting schedules coupled with the everyday stress of life can make healthy meal preps seem like a chore. Allowing everyone to play an active role in improving the overall health of the family is a great way to keep everyone on course when the temptation of fast food and unhealthy snacks make it difficult.
TIP: If you have children, allowing them to explore new fruits and vegetables in the grocery store can get them excited about cooking and encourage positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Talk about health and wellness together
As outlined in my Healthy Living Guide, I note scientific research consistently correlates a significant relationship of the modern American diet to diseases such as: diabetes, cancer, arthritis, auto-immune and inflammatory conditions and Alzheimer’s. Talking about the importance of how our food impacts our body’s ability to function properly is a vital step to improving health and maintaining sustainable lifestyle habits for our loved ones.
TIP: Make food prep easy and family friendly by sharing health goals, and creating family plans of actions to achieving them.
Make it fun
Eating healthy meals doesn’t have to be dreary. There’s no right or wrong way to live healthy and creating new traditions with your family along the way can be exciting. Here’s some ideas that are sure to be a hit with your family:
Plant a garden together.
Prepare meals together.
Invite friends and extended family members over to try new recipes.
Family and health work in tangent to improve generational health. Eating healthy meals together with children model health conscious habits, can increase their self-esteem and significantly reduce childhood obesity and illnesses associated with poor nutrition.