Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy Life for You and Your Kids

| April 12, 2018 | 4 Comments

Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy

Life for You and Your Kids

As mothers, we want what is best for our families as well as for ourselves. This includes making the right eating choices and helping our kids develop eating habits and proper nutrition which will benefit them as they enter adolescence, leave for college, and subsequently pass into adulthood.

 

Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy Life for You and Your Kids

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In various pieces of research, such as that done by Dr. Steven Gundry of Gundry MD, it has been found that the eating habits and patterns which individuals develop (whether good or bad) from childhood stay with them for most of their lives.

It is therefore a good idea to start, from an early stage, to guide our kids to eat right. It is also important for us, as mothers, to adopt the right dietary plans which will keep us healthy and strong and ensure that we are available for our families when they need us, because mothers are the grease which keeps the family engine running.

Taking balanced diets and eating right

Balanced nutrition is a term which I believe that everyone must have come across. It involves having regular meals which consist of foods from each of the basic food groups: fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, milk, meat and eggs, the healthy kind of oils (e.g. olives), and drinking good, clean water. These foods are made up of the six classes of nutrients which include proteins, carbohydrates, fats and oils, minerals and vitamins, and water (yes, water is also a basic nutrient). To be able to grow, be energetic and healthy, and be able to live an active lifestyle, a person must regularly consume each of these food and nutrient classes in adequate proportions.

 

Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy Life for You and Your Kids

Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy Life for You and Your Kids

 

According to experts, taking dietary supplements is not required as long as an individual maintains a nutritionally balanced diet, and is able to consume the six basic food groups mentioned above on a daily basis.  One might then ask whether a vegetarian diet meets all the basic requirements for a healthy lifestyle. The answer is yes. A vegetarian diet which includes a sufficient intake of grains, legumes, and nuts, which is enough to provide the protein requirements of the body, is good to go.

 

Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy Life for You and Your Kids

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Essential tips to help you and your family to develop the right eating habits

Let us now review some basic tips which will help us to ensure an active, fun-filled life for ourselves, our kids, and our families as a whole:

  1. Meals should be prepared using fresh ingredients. We should also ensure that every meal contains lots of fruits and vegetables. This will help to make meal time colourful as the table is richly spread with a variety of fresh, wholesome food.
  2. It is always healthy to adopt more beneficial methods while preparing meals. For instance, you should consider steaming, boiling, grilling, etc., rather than frying or roasting. However, there’s nothing wrong with having fried chicken, for instance, as long as heart friendly cooking oils are used in adequate amounts.
  3. As mothers who care, we should take the time to plan meals in advance. This will help us to spend less, cook better and healthier, and to be able to avoid processed and fast foods. Eating fast foods inhibits the development of good eating habits, especially in children, and I believe we all want our kids to eat right.
  4. Meals should be eaten together as a family. Eating meals while watching television or handling mobile devices and PCs should be avoided as it promotes poor eating habits.
  5. As much as possible, try to incorporate yogurt into diets as they encourage the growth of body friendly microbes which help to keep us healthy. Also try to reduce or completely eliminate processed sugar and other sweeteners from your diets. Intake of processed sugars encourages the growth of bad microbes which affect the body negatively.
  6. Finally, you should keep to a decent exercise routine as it is a key factor for a healthy lifestyle. Also try to get lots of sunlight (especially early morning sunlight which loads the body with lots of vitamin D).

 

Dieting and Nutrition Tips to Ensure a Healthy Life for You and Your Kids

Yogurt in a bowl with fruits

 

See you on the active side of life!

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two amazing teenagers. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m trying to eat healthier, it’s not easy as I do love all the ‘bad’ foods – carbs, sugar, cream. I take multivitamins daily and also calcium (against osteoporosis) and vitamin D as we don’t get enough from the sun since we’re in the northern hemisphere.

  2. LisaM says:

    My husband is the cook in the family and does a great job menu planning for us 🙂

  3. KD says:

    These are great tips! I do a lot of this already, but there is always room for improvement!

  4. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I used to be really good about eating sweets but over the last year I can’t seem to get enough, which has wreaked havoc on my weight. I really want to get my self control back together so I can hopefully start to lose some weight again.

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