Are you wondering what in the world I am going to write about? I can assure you it is not clothing, as I write this it is -10 degrees. It is a new year and we are talking pounds.
Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Vegan and Flexitarian. It is no wonder people in our country have no idea what in the world to eat and feed our children. I was listening to the TODAY Show and their panel was mentioning their favorite opinions of how to eat healthy and loose weight. Mediterranean, Dash and Flexitarian diets were just named by the US News and World Report as the best diets to follow to ensure better health. While they did recommend eating lean proteins and not cutting red meat out of our diets one of the panelists said eating organic meats and inquiring about the diets those animals ate is important. Have you ever spoken to the grocery store butcher who knew exactly what the protein you want to eat ate? It sounds like a tongue twister and the answer would be No on most occasions. I say worry less about labels such as non-GMO, cage free, free range, hormone free and more about moderation and color. Labels are confusing and that’s another conversation.
So, let me break this down. I am not a dietitian, but I have many friends who are, and I have spent countless hours in conversation about what is the best diet to follow. Nearly everyone of them says moderation, less processed foods and more exercise. Eating a balanced diet and a colorful plate is an easy way to start if you do not want to follow an official diet. If you are eating color and I don’t mean a bag of skittles, you are headed in the right direction. Being a busy mom on the go, it is hard not to swing through the drive through for a burger or chicken nuggets. Eat together as a family sitting at your counter or table verses in the car in between sports practice or chores. I have made a list of a few items I find helpful to get us eating healthy and spending time together as a family during meal time.
- Make time each week to meal plan and make your grocery shopping list with all the needed ingredients. I find myself cooking way more and healthier when I have all the food in the refrigerator and pantry.
- Meal prep for you and the children. Pack your healthy lunches when you are packing the kids lunches. I pack all our lunches on Sunday evening for the week. It’s all grab and go but healthy. Planned meals are often healthier.
- Keep fast food eating to a minimum. Pack healthy snacks in the car to avoid those moments you cave into the kids and stop at their favorite burger drive through when they are starving. It’s so easy just to pull in and eat in the car. Save this for a special, treat every occasionally.
- When you come home from the grocery prep your fruits and vegetables, so they are ready to grab and go when you are in the middle of the busy week. You are more than likely to eat them if they are washed, cut and in containers or baggies.
- Use the local grocery shopping service. Log online and have someone shop for you. All you have to do it pull up curbside and take your groceries home. This also eliminates those non-healthy items like chips, cookies or pop that magically appear on the belt at check out.
- Keep bottled water in the car in your purse and on your desk. Water is so good for you and remember don’t drink your calories. Cutting soda or pop out of your diet is a huge calorie saver.
Eating in moderation is always easier said than done but if taking a few pounds off this winter is your goal I know you can do it. Remember warm weather is only a few months off and that means shorts and swimsuits…. that is enough to scare me into eating a more colorful plate.