Good nutrition begins at home, and naturally kids look to their parents for guidance. Below are a few tips to help you become a better health model to your kids.
Make gradual changes
Do not go from chips to carrot sticks and dips, or couch potato to exercise boot camp overnight. It won’t do your family good to make sudden changes. Introduce new changes little by little, and allow each member time to get used to the changes before introducing a new one. For instance, from being a couch potato, you can take up walking first. Take longer walks and then ease into jogging or running.
Balance bad habits with good ones
You don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite foods or some of your old habits. You just have to balance your bad habits with good ones. For example, you can watch the TV while on the treadmill. Enjoy your favorite once in a while. You’d stick to your commitment better if you don’t feel deprived.
Start getting some exercise by walking. Park at the end of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Drink more water
Your kids will be motivated to drink more water if they see you doing it.
Listen to your body when you’re full
Cleaning your plate is not the golden rule to eating anymore. Push your plate away when you’re no longer hungry. You need not eat until your stuffed full. An adult’s stomach is about the size of a loosely clenched fist.
Grocery shop on a full stomach
Grocery shopping help you avoid buying unhealthy snacks on impulse – which means you get to save money too.
It takes the brain around 20 minutes to realize that your stomach is full. Give your brain time to catch up by slowing down your eating. If you brain realizes that you are fuller sooner, you won’t eat as much.
Do not complain about how much you dislike exercising or how much you dislike a certain food. Your kids won’t grow to like healthy foods if they hear you complaining. Also, do not talk about your weight and/or put yourself down in front of your kids, they might think that a being healthy is all about how much a person weighs.
Focus on the why as well as the how
Sometimes we lose sight of why we started making changes in the first place, and focus only on the task at hand. To keep you motivated, remind yourself why being healthy is important.