We make dozens of decisions every day. When it comes to deciding what to eat and feed our families, it can be a lot easier than you might think to make smart, healthy choices. It takes just a little planning.
The food we place into our bodies is our fuel. It provides us with nutrients plus the vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that our bodies need to function. Research shows that good food choices are especially important for children’s growing bodies and minds. Smart choices have immediate long-lasting benefits for you and your family.
“Parents should be good role models by eating healthy and being physically active with their children.
“Setting a good example is very important.”
Try the GO, SLOW, WHOA approach to food. GO foods are great to eat anytime. They have lots of nutrients and are low in unhealthy fats, sugar, and calories. GO foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain cereals, breads, and pastas, fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, lean meats, fish, and beans.
SLOW foods should be eaten less often. These include non-whole-grain bread, rice, and pasta; peanut butter, pretzels and fruit juices.
WHOA foods are only for once in a while—foods like French fries, whole milk, cheese, hot dogs, fried fish, chicken, candy, and soda.
Always remember that “Healthier diets don’t have to cost more, provided that you have the right attitude, make the right food choices, and try to cook at home.”
Unfortunately, these days, much of our food isn’t eaten at home. It’s eaten on the go. One easy way to eat more nutritiously is to pack healthy lunches—both for yourself and for your kids.
When you are in the grocery, Nutrition Facts label is a great resource to help you compare foods. It can help you confirm whether products marked with healthy-sounding terms are really healthy. “Low-fat” foods aren’t that healthy; they can be very high in sugar and calories.
It takes time to build healthy eating decisions in every aspect of your family life. Make healthy food choices so that you can set a good example for your kids.
Good Food, Good Life
Written by: Vina Benitez, Eternus Global