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Aug 16, 2011

There is no doubt it is very important for everyone in your family to have good eating habits, since the benefits by far way out no cons. Learning good eating habits as a family will help you and your kids to a lay a foundation with food that they will hopefully keep for their entire lives.

Nowadays, there are so many unhealthy and popular foods available on the market. The fast food industry is more booming than ever, and with people getting busier and busier they give in to temptation and buy these foods. It is okay to eat these foods on an occasional basis, but if eaten often they will cut years off your live and lead you down a path of unhealthy eating. Below we have listed just a few things that will help improve your families eating habits.

One of the best ways to improve eating habits is to have family meals. During family meals, you can enjoy the food with company and it will help you talk to your kids about eating healthy foods. This will also establish how important whole meals are rather than just snacks. Try to set a time for the whole family to sit together and eat. Make this an adventure, where you will try new foods together, talk about the day’s events and most of all get stronger as a family

The second trick you can help get your family to eat healthier is eating out less. Home cooked meals are usually thought to be the tastiest and the healthiest. Cooking at home will help your child realize how food is important and how to make it at home. Home cooked meals made from scratch are better than meals from restaurants since they are natural and you can determine how much added salt and fat can be put into your meals. When dinning out, we don’t get to control these factors which in turn lead us to consume a lot of empty and non-nutritional calories. Remember made from scratch is usually healthier when the homemade alternative has fewer preservatives or unnecessary added starches. It is often more economical, too.

Avoid giving in to temptation by buying junk foods and instead fill your fridge with foods that are healthy. Buy lots of fruits and vegetables for your kids to snack on, as well as whole grain snacks. This way, if your children/YOU get hungry at home, they will eat healthy snacks instead of junk foods If they must grab something to eat then having a dish of peeled and cut up fruits or raw vegetables available in the refrigerator will ensure they make the best choice for a snack instead of any oreo or some other junk food. One thing to remember is if you have a family member who doesn’t like eating healthy foods, then don't despair. Best practice is to continue to expose them to good food and let them see how nutritious they are. Never force them to eat the food though, if they don't like it then give them something that they will eat but find an alternative that is has the most nutritional value. The ideal is after showing a healthy dish to that family member several times, they will start to accept it and eat it willingly.

These are only a few ideas we here at Fitness Together-Cary for you to learn to live a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking for more information on our programming such as are Nutrition Together program. Please Contact us (919)-981-9277. Until next time, JUST MOVE

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