Healthy Eating Without The Battle
A New Year's resolution to have a healthier family starts in your kitchen. But changing your child's eating habits is no small task. From taking stock of your pantry to sitting down to a proper place setting, discover 5 easy ways to change your family's eating habits without resistance from your brood.
Getting your family to make healthy eating a part of their daily routine won't happen overnight, but making small changes can mean big results when you're trying to change your family's eating habits. Here are some ways to get closer to your goal, including some tips by celebrity fitness trainer and nutritionist Jay Cardiello:
Cut down on sugar
It may seem like an obvious solution, but sometimes we simply don't realize how much sugar is contained in the food that we hand our families. "Simply look at the label where it says 'total sugars' and divide the number of grams by four. That's the number of teaspoons of sugar you are ingesting," says Jay Cardiello. "This exercise alone should scare you off sugar for good." Limit the intake of sugar, especially sodas, if you want to change your family's eating habits.
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Limit television time
Saturday morning cartoons are not only saturated with junk food commercials, seeing food cues on television also fires up the part of your brain that drives you to eat, even if you're not hungry. If you want to change your child's eating habits, start with limiting television time...especially food shows!
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