It can be a challenge to stay on a healthy eating plan if your family is not supportive. It’s a smart idea to get your entire family on board when you begin a healthy eating plan. After all, your family’s good health is just as important as yours, right?
A lot of couples who are living together have a pretty clear division of labor when it comes to cooking or kitchen duties. If you are the primary cook in the family it can be fairly easy to transition your spouse to a healthy meal plan. The key to enlisting the support of a spouse or partner is to make your healthy meal plan tasty and satisfying. Your spouse or partner will not feel like he or she is missing anything when eating a healthy meal plan if you make your meals taste great. Start with small substitutions such as eliminating animal fat and using olive oil and other good fats in its place. Spice up your healthy meal plan with herbs and salt-free seasonings. Eliminate sodium and other chemicals from your diet and your spouse will never miss them.
Young children are kind of at the mercy of the family cook, but can tend to be picky about trying new tastes and dishes. It’s a good idea to ease kids into a healthy eating plan gradually and involve them in the process. Older kids can help to shop for ingredients, prepare and cook food with supervision, and plan menus. Encourage children to follow your healthy eating plan at home and the result will be that older kids will be less likely to form poor eating habits in their teen and young adult years.
Make dinner time a social and fun time for the entire family by having everyone invested in the healthy eating plan. Insist that the entire family get together regularly for a family meal. Use this together time to catch up on your kids’ activities. Encourage your older teens to bring a friend to dinner and stay involved in food planning and preparation. This encourages communication and will teach your young adult important cooking skills that will serve him/her later in life.
Get everyone in the family involved in your healthy eating plan. Encourage family togetherness, communication, good eating and good health. This will not only help everyone in your family to be close to each other, but it will also promote good health in the family.