I’m sure you have had the feeling that having a home cooked meal for your family is healthier than a quick bite on the road. Your efforts to plan ahead and prepare nutritious meals that can quickly make it to the table are not in vain! Why are researchers concerned about meals at home versus meals away from home? In the United States, it’s estimated that 32.6% of children ages six to eleven are overweight or obese. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2011, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. What can be done to stop this trend? A higher proportion of meals away from home are consumed by overweight and obese children than their normal-weight peers, and this is probably due to the energy-dense (meaning calorie-filled) foods typically found in meals away from home. When you make a meal for your family at home, you know exactly what is going into that meal. However, at a restaurant, it’s easy to overlook the ingredients that add extra fat, sugar, and calories that you wouldn’t typically add at home.

Finding ways to have a healthy home cooked meals can be done on the busiest of nights with a bit of planning. Whether you want to plan on having leftovers, start a meal in the slow cooker before you head out for the day, plan for a 10 minute meal, or defrost a freezer meal to cook or warm, you have options. Check out our 11 minutes to a peaceful mealtime for even more ideas. Sit down with your calendar for the week, devise a plan, then grocery shop for all that you’ll need for a healthful, satisfying menu for your family. As tempting as it can be to go out to eat or go through a drive through, with planning, you can provide a better quality meal that is full of nutrition to fulfill the needs of your growing child. If you would like to have all your meals planned for you and have the peace of mind that they are healthy and balanced, check out our meal planning subscription. Nicole is the mom of three awesome little ones… an aspiring violinist, soccer star, and train conductor. She is also a dietitian who enjoys helping others embrace a healthful lifestyle.

Do the choices you make every day get you what you want? The right nutrition is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. Your body requires a well balanced diet every day in order to maintain the adequate amounts of vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed to maintain a healthy body. You will need to include fitness as part of your life. Physical fitness keeps your weight in check, helps you sleep better at night, prevents heart attacks and strokes and other health problems, and generally prolongs your life. Basically there are so many benefits of exercising that you really can’t live a full life without it. Emotional stress plays an important role in many illnesses, both directly and indirectly. People are also more likely to smoke, overeat, drink too much, work too hard, argue with others and so on, when they are feeling stressed. Thus, stress management is an important part of your new lifestyle, and meditation and relaxation techniques are truly a key part of living a healthy lifestyle.

Loving yourself is a key to a healthy, happy lifestyle. Self-esteem is all about how much people value themselves; the pride they feel in themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Self-esteem is important because feeling good about yourself can affect how you act. The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Programme your mind for total success. Develop a vision, a compelling future that excites and inspires you, and focus on it daily. Don’t let anything knock you of course, or make you question its possibility. I promise you, by taking control of your thoughts, you will improve your life in a big way. If you want to achieve a healthy lifestyle you must take steps to ensure you maintain a certain level of balance… spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and financially. You need to balance work and family, and all the other areas of your life without spreading yourself too thin and having a guilt trip when you do one thing, but think you should be doing another. All of the key areas of our lives overlap and interlink, effecting each other.

  • Dates: excellent source of potassium and fiber, provides calcium, magnesium and iron
  • Problem solve in a more organized and logical way
  • Eating low-fat dairy products like yogurt, milk, and cheese
  • Red meat

Unless we create for ourselves satisfaction in each and every part of our life, we can never truly be fulfilled, or live a contented, happy and healthy life. Being Healthy is so important. Just change one thing in your life today. Have a healthy life beginning now. Living a healthy lifestyle will bring you happiness, health and the life of your dreams. You can fit into your favourite pair of jeans again. You can enjoy all the benefits that perfect health offers you. You can feel your best at all times of the day. I have spent over ten years working in the area of personal development and in helping others to achieve their potential. It is the belief that everyone should be helped and encouraged to reach their full potential that motivates me in my work as a coach and blogger. I’m passionate about this because I have seen its effects in my own life and the lives of others. I am 100% committed to making the difference, and I pray this is obvious to you through my blog.

We recently asked this question on Facebook: What is one healthy habit you wish your child had! I love this question, as it gives such a great picture of what you value and what is important to you in growing healthy children! Portion control on the “not so good for you” foods. I love these answers! This is fundamentally the skills and habits we are trying to instill in children at Super Healthy kids! When kids have a healthy relationship with food, enjoy new healthy foods, eat an adequate, balanced and nutritious meal, and associate all that with good feelings, they stick! None of these habits would stick if it all was associated with guilt, shame, pain, lack, or restriction. To tackle the idea of building healthy habits with the least amount of resistance, and the greatest opportunity for success, it’s important to focus on the things that really matter! Some health habits are going to have a big impact on kids health, while others might be less significant. It doesn’t make much sense to me to focus on only eating organic foods, when the child isn’t eating any fruits and veggies to begin with!

The fruits and vegetable consumption (organic or not) is a “big rock”. Something that is going to have big impact on future food preferences. Worrying about whether that food is organic or will not significantly change their desire to eat well. So, what are these big rocks, and how do we teach them to kids? What are these “big rocks” or important health habits that are going to have the biggest impact on a child’s well being? They are: Choosing fruits and veggies, eating moderate portions sizes, and eating balanced meals. My greatest desire is that my kids would choose an apple over potato chips! Probably not, and they even LOVE apples! BUT, we can teach them that an apple is better for them, makes them feel great, and hopefully, as they get more mature, they WILL make that choice on their own. HALF YOUR PLATE : As we use the model for healthy eating, Choose MyPlate, kids notice right away that HALF their meal should consist of fruits and veggies! The bottom line is MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES! Kids using this plate model will actually ASK for more fruits or vegetables, just so every section is filled!

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