Kids and Parents Stop Dieting and Just Eat Healthy
- Written by Dave Gluhareff
Kids and Parents Stop Dieting & Just Eat Healthy!
As a nation and as a world we have to stop making eating healthy so complicated. We tend to look for quick fixes and magic weight loss ideas or the newest fads instead of focusing on simply eating good foods. Eating nutritious foods re-energizes our bodies and minds and keeps us strong. When we eat junk we feel like junk. Junky foods make us more tired and fatigued not allowing our minds and bodies to perform their best.
We have to stop focusing on "diets" and instead focus on making healthy meal and snack choices that fill us with nourishment to help us feel, move, and look better. Most importantly we have to make sure we are exercising regularly and staying active, then eating healthy foods throughout each day, which then leads us to rest and sleep well each night.
Exercising, eating healthy, and plenty of rest helps our brains, skin, cardiovascular systems, bones, muscles, all of our bodies to function to the best of their abilities. When we choose un-healthy foods we slow down our thinking, we weaken our bones, our muscles lose strength, our heart and lungs become unhealthy and this leads to having higher chances of sickness and illness. When we feed our bodies healthy foods we are happier and healthier and become more productive at work and school. Eating healthy also keeps our attitudes more positive and we just feel good!
So how do we eat healthy meals and snacks?
To eat healthy we must begin with choosing lean proteins (chicken, fish, lean beef, lean pork, nuts, beans, low fat dairy, etc), complex carbohydrates (oatmeal, whole grain breads, sweet potatoes, brown rice, etc), fresh fruits, vegetables, and low calorie or zero calorie beverages like water or unsweetened teas. We can eat 3 meals and 3 snacks daily spaced apart every 2-3 hours and try to eat only until satisfied not stuffed or full.
Breakfast should be - lean protein, complex carbohydrate, and water
Mid morning snack should be - lean protein, fruit, and water
Lunch should be - lean protein, complex carbohydrate, and water
Late afternoon snack should be - lean protein, fruit, and water
Dinner should be - lean protein, veggie, and water
After dinner snack (if hungry and not in bed already) should be - lean protein, veggie, and water
Do not complicate healthy eating by trying some silly diets! We have to simply make the right food choices to eat healthy! Do that and your body and mind will thank you!