Is your New Year's resolution this 2017 is about having a healthy relationship with food? Well, you are in the right place. This article talks about families that are tired of trying to lose weight and dieting. It also talks about overcoming unhealthy food habits such as binge eating or overeating.
1. Eat natural food
Real food is healthy and tastes good. Don't settle for a diet that's high in fructose, chemicals, enhancers, or those with artificial flavoring. Start with fruits and vegetables, because there are a lot of flavors to choose from. They're delightfully delicious and nutritious.
If you want to try something different, broil your seafood or munch on some tree nuts. Use natural oils, cheese, and vinegar. Natural foods have no toxins or any preservatives that are harmful to one's body. Avoid packaged, frozen, or processed foods in the grocery stores, especially the ones that are genetically modified food.
Trust foods produced by nature. It's better if you can grow your own food. Use your backyard or use a small space of your land to grow your own foods. Not only it is a healthy habit, but also it is a family activity where everyone helps each other in gathering food.
2. Prepare food and eat together as a family
Preparing food is faster if everyone helps. Take time to wash and prepare the food. Learn what everyone in the family likes and make sure everyone eats something. For the kids, they can help in setting up the table. Meal preparation should not be considered a chore, but a vital part of everyday life. Good food should always be prepared with love and shared with others.
Set aside some time to be together at mealtimes if possible and make it a family routine. It's a great way to know what happened to each other's day and enjoy each other's company. If possible, don't use cell phones or other distractions while eating. Make it a point to eat together as a family. It's a great feeling to be together and can be a great support system.
3. Make food goals
Everyone wants to maintain a healthy body, so make a list of your food goals. Make realistic food goals and have a family member or a friend help you out if you are having difficulties in following your diet.
4. Chew your food
It is a small thing that is often overlooked. If you are in a hurry and always swallow down your food without properly chewing it, it may cause indigestion or other stomach problems later on. If you chew your food, you'll be able to really experience the taste of your food. There's an amazing difference if you chew your food because it enhances your sense of taste. Your taste buds will thank you for that.
5. Always have a positive outlook when eating
Monitor your progress but don't get discouraged if things don't go your way. If you are discouraged, think of ways or experiences that make you special. Remember that you are always awesome. Keep track of all the good things that happened to you to remember all your experiences especially the positive ones.
If you are already positive, stay positive. Being positive can influence others to be positive. Spend time with others that give you a positive attitude and avoid those people that have a pessimistic attitude.
6. Show appreciation for your food
A lot of people forget to take a break and contemplate about the food that they're eating. Thank the people that took time and effort to grow, nurture, and prepare your food. Create a gratitude diary to acknowledge the food that you ate.
7. Don't expect too much in a short period of time
Eating healthy takes some time. Don't be frustrated if you make a mistake and eat something you shouldn't have. Your body is constantly changing and adapting. This is the reason why healthy habits should be made as earlier as possible. Just make sure to follow your goals as much as you can and change your lifestyle if needed. Always learn from your mistakes and select the best choices for you.
Living healthy needs to start at home. In addition, that means that good nutrition is being practiced even at a young age and reassurance when one gets older. Be a great role model not just for you but also for the other members of your family. Eating healthy will not just improve your health but your soul as well. In addition to eating healthy, it is also important to work out regularly. If you don’t have time to hit the gym everyday, you can still get you daily dose of exercise by building a garage gym.
Always remember that your connection with your own body is your own and it should be personal. Don't let anyone pressure you into making any decisions even with your friends or family. You deserve to have a healthy relationship with food because you are amazing and great. However, it may take some work to obtain your healthy relationship. Just relax and enjoy the food journey, because in the end it's all worth it.