Saturday, January 09, 2010
You may have heard the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and it is certainly true. Western culture stresses the importance of regular medical care almost as much as it does a healthy diet for children. But which do we take more seriously? A French fry certainly won't cause obesity as long as it is the exception and not the rule. We can all make better choices for our children's diets. This week, think about substituting a more nutritious food in place of a sugary snack or cereal. Include whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables in your meals instead of going through a drive-thru. The healthy habits your children learn today come from your example and will impact them for the rest of their lives. Give them the best you can and their bodies will thank you.
Just as children need to learn to enjoy healthy food, so do we. Being open minded to new foods and making a conscious decision to enjoy those foods that are healthy is what this lifestyle change is all about. When I hear the word moderation, I cringe because that to me means an unwillingness to change. I've come to realize during these past four years that the quality of calories consumed is equally, if not more, important as the quantity. If you think in those terms you can begin to accept the necessary changes required to finally break the cycle. I realize there are a multitude of marketed diets that tell us we "can" enjoy the foods we love and still lose weight, and they are correct, we can, but unless we really change our old ways, and yest that includes giving up many of our beloved foods, than we will never win this battle!