When we live in a society surrounded by fast food restaurants, convenience foods and a vending machine at every corner (including those places that encourage a healthier lifestyle) what chance do we have to lead healthy lifestyles and even more so to encourage the younger generation to do so.
I won’t teach you to suck eggs but as the saying goes prevention is better than cure, so it goes without saying that a healthy outside starts on the inside. If we feed our bodies with garbage we will feel like rubbish. Likewise if we sit on our bums all day we will become sluggish and tired.
The challenge isn’t accepting what you know is right, its managing the change….
LEAD BY EXAMPLE….If you are seen to be doing something it is much more likely that your children will follow.
MAKE IT FUN…. Get the kids involved in what you are doing and get them asking questions. The curious little things ask a lot of questions it is inevitably going to happen.
LET THEM HELP…. They love to feel involved and my girls are often found in the kitchen helping me chop the vegetables, or joining me on a run. They also like to get involved in my meal planning and we come up with healthy family meals we all enjoy. This leads me nicely onto my next tip!
PLANNING…. I always plan my meals for the week. It keeps costs down and takes the thinking away when your tired after a busy day. This is likely to be when we reach for the convenience foods.
I could go on and on but I will save those for another blog. So for today I will leave you with this little bit of advice…. do not make the change too big or too complicated. It will not happen over night. The first step is just to start. There is no better time than now.
If I can convince just one of you that living a healthy lifestyle is not all doom and gloom then hopefully you can go on to motivate others.
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