By Lindsay Dianne, follow her on Twitter, 'like' her on Facebook, and read her blog: The Urban Momtographer!
Raising a family is hard work. It seems like there is always an errand to run or some laundry to get done. When I first became a parent, I was under the impression that eating well with quality foods was simply a luxury we couldn’t afford, and that it would take time that I couldn’t spare. As my daughter started to grow and learn, I started to wonder what I could do to ensure that she was provided with the absolute best I could give her.
A major area that I wanted to work on improving was our food and nutrition.
So many parents and couples today think the same way that I initially did, that eating well on a budget in a busy family is just too much to undertake. For me, it started by looking at my own home and my pantry, and asking myself what I was really feeding my family. I began reading labels and adopting the mantra that food is fuel. Because of this new view, I found myself looking into food products with a far more critical eye. That was in 2008, and I’m proud to say that I’ve since lost over 100 lbs simply by redefining the way that I prepare, eat and think about food. So many of us, I reasoned, put premium fuel in our cars without putting premium fuel into our bodies. If you feel that your family could stand to take a closer look at their eating habits, I found these three tips extremely helpful in both losing weight and feeling better about your diet.
Encourage Yourself . I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve spoken to who believe that they’re beyond repair and can’t be helped. No matter what your eating habits look like today, I guarantee you that they can be improved with encouragement and desire. Don’t fall into a trap of believing you’ll fail before you try.
One Change At A Time. When you’re starting a new routine, no matter what it is, the biggest challenge is to eradicate unhealthy habits. For anyone who isn’t a saint, this can be an overwhelming undertaking. What worked for me was making one positive change a day. For some people, it might be better to start tackling one poor habit per week. Tonnes of successful people will say that the journey to any achievement is one wrought with patience and persistence. No one can turn over a new leaf all at once, and that’s why you need to be patient with yourself.
Go Simple. In effect, eating healthy required an entirely new menu for me. I started to brainstorm the kinds of foods I liked to make, and then I began to look up recipes for how these dishes were traditionally made. Any recipe requiring a processed type of food, I stayed away from. It astounded me how easy it was to make things like Alfredo sauce, or homemade soups. Using fresh, hearty ingredients I noticed a major change in my energy level, my appearance, and my vitality. And I still spend the same amount on groceries as I used to in order to feed our family of four.
It was an amazing journey for me to become the healthier person that I am today, and I enjoy an indulgence on occasion just like the rest of them, but for me the decision to eat and feed my family quality food, prepared at home has proven to be one of the best decisions I ever made.