Sunday, April 25, 2010

First Steps To Eating Better

Reflecting the progress of my family down a healthier lifestyle reminds me that it didn't happen overnight. I thought about a few easy steps that can be incorporated immediately and would like to share this with you.

1. No more sodas. It's been about 5 years since my daughter stopped drinking this. She'll have one now and then as a treat. That's what sodas should be, a treat. She started to have lemonade instead, but even that's been eliminated. She just drinks water, even at restaurants. For school lunch, she fills her BPA free water bottle every morning and now it's habit.

2. From white to wheat--again, another easy one to change. You know the benefits from making this change.

3. The tracking of 5 fruits and veggies a day. This has been a really good visual trick. Our names are posted on the refrigerator with a ticker of our day. It's a reminder for all of us as a family to make sure we have at least 5 a day. My daughter makes sure I'm tracking all of her fruits and veggies everyday. Nice, huh? Now when we go out for dinner and she indulged, she feels sick and wants to go home and have an apple.

It's a start. It's a good start.

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Great Books To Read

  • Eating Animals
  • Food Matters
  • Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Sneaky Chef
  • The China Study

What I Enjoy Watching

  • Current Channel (Vanguard)
  • Food Inc. Movie
  • Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

My Medicine Cabinet

  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Echinacea with Golden Seal
  • Fish Oil
  • Multivitamin
  • Oregano Oil (respiratory & sinus)
  • Oscillococcinum (flu)
  • Vitamin C