Its funny. In my house after I started watching what I eat and "counting my calories" my husband asks me all the time, "is this healthy for me?".. "is this one healthy for me" ... so I tell him. I haven't had soda in my house since 09/23 and it feels great not having to open up the fridge and be tempted to drink a pop. I am very proud of myself, the other day I bought a Diet Pepsi, took one drink, and didn't drink any more :) YAY
All great ideas. My husband likes to cook, but it is mostly something that is quick and full of calories and lacking nutrition. So, I need to move in on his territory and go the extra mile with more fresh veggies, garnish, and presentation to help us both. Two of us working together can prepare a healthy meal in the same time he cooked alone. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to take this step.
I wish more of these ideas applied to helping out family members who don't live in the same household. Or as in my case, in the same state. Boo :-(
Well, at least when I go visit my parents, I always try to cook for them several nights while I'm there. My mom is actually pretty good nowadays about cooking things light, but on the whole they are still snacking a lot and not exercising as much as they should. I think when I'm visiting seeing me workout does guilt them into exercising, too.
Now if I could just resist Mom's offer to split dessert... lol... well, at least we're not eating the whole thing by ourselves!
I wish I could think of more ways to be a positive influence when i'm NOT actually there...
I bought a Wii Fit for myself. Well, needless to say, the kids are using it just as much as I have, it is a game after all, and they even got my husband up on it. He was pretty startled by its assessment of his weight and "fitness age". It does make being active as a family enjoyable - who knows how many calories we all have burned laughing at ourselves trying to hula hoop or do some of the balance games. For kids, I also highly recommend Dance Dance Revolution or some similar game. It is not really dancing at all, just following fast step patterns while music is playing, so boys seem to enjoy it too, and it gets going pretty fast, you can work up a sweat.
11/9/2008 6:48:59 PM
I have to take care of my elderly obese mother - she is very difficult to manage when it comes to eating properly within her diet restrictions. I have two small children and I have found that I cannot have anything in the house that is not appropriate for her. She will find it and hide and eat it in the night.
11/7/2008 11:36:41 AM
"The Sneaky Chef" is written by Missy Chase Lapine. I went to my local library and checked the Sneaky Chef out. I thought I would try some of the recipes out before I go and buy the cook book myself.
I'm constantly sneaking veggies into the food I cook for our house. My wife hates veggies. We have the Jessica Seinfeld book abour adding covert veggies in different meals via purees. Its a great way to start thinking about it.
7/14/2008 9:03:52 AM
That's how I got hubby to eat healthy: made his fav dishes in a healthy way :)
Once I went out of town and my husband could not find the remote for the living room TV. He was furious when I got back because he "couldn't even watch the TV n the living room." I asked him why he didn't just walk over and push the button. He yelled, "What button?"
I am pleased to report this is already happening at my house. This morning my 12 yo son asked where is the Cheerios that I purchased for my breakfast food plan. Up til now he has only eaten very sugary sweet cereal. Proof for me that the more I change the more my family will change and become more healthy too!
keep around "safe" junk food: low-fat variations or stuff made with whole wheat. Because getting rid of all junk food at once is the second most likely tip on the list to cause a riot. the most likely one is hiding the remote control. ;)
Another tip: keeping peeled and cut up vegetables and fruit in the fridge. Just don't mention you put them there! I was very surprised to find that children who won't eat veggies when they are offered will happily grab them when they turn up unexpected.
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