It’s amazing how our nutrition is SO closely linked to our mental and physical health. As I continue to educate my own self on the importance of eating healthy and moving my body, I can’t help but share it with other men & women who are working hard to take care of their families but they’re so bombarded with information, they feel defeated. Nutritional changes are hard but I believe if we start small, it’s so much easier to learn and implement.
Here are a few steps I think would be a great start for any family on a budget but they’re looking to start small and work their way into a healthier lifestyle.
- Cook your own food. Try to stay away from fast food.
- Read the nutrition label. If there’s more than 10 ingredients, it’s probably not the best choice. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, again, probably not the best choice.
- Eat whole foods. Shop in the produce section.
- Avoid processed foods. The center aisles in the grocery stores are full of processed foods. Try to purchase as much food on the outer aisles as possible.
- Eat a balanced meal. Vegetable, protein, carb, fruit, healthy fat
- Limit added fats, salts & sugars
- Don’t drink your calories. Try to gradually cut out all sodas or sugary drinks and stick with primarily water or herbal/decaffeinated teas.
Here is a graph that gives you a great start on what foods to add to your weekly meals.
It’s so important that we educate ourselves on eating healthy. As we get older, we want to feel good and be able to keep up with our kids and grandkids. Also, remember you don’t need to think your nutrition needs to be perfect. Empower yourself with the knowledge of healthier options and do your best on a day to day basis. It’s as simple as filling your glass up with water when you eat lunch at a fast food restaurant instead of the sugar laden soft drinks or opt for a fruit bowl instead of fries. Small changes over time will make a big difference! It’s our job as parents to set a good example to our children and help them learn what living healthy looks like!