Suppose you are part of a family and you are keen to change the way you eat to improve your overall health.
Whether you are the one cooking the meals or you simply consume them, this poses a problem.
You’ll either have to cook two meals so that you can get what you want while everyone else gets what they want, or you have to make your own food and watch others eat the foods you wish you could have.
So you might be better off getting your entire family on board with adopting healthier eating habits across the board.
With their support, you should be able to stick to your guns and avoid the foods that are currently raising your cholesterol and causing you to pack on the pounds.
And when everyone joins you in your endeavor, your entire family can benefit from better health as a result.
The only real trick is getting them all to agree.
Now, if you happen to be the person who does the grocery shopping and cooks the meals in your household, then you don’t necessarily have to give them a choice.
Anyone who doesn’t want to get with the program can prepare their own meals.
And if you aren’t the person responsible for the family food choices, maybe you should be.
Either way, you may have to take the helm when it comes to planning the menu, at least until everyone becomes familiar with the new cuisine.
Of course, this could lead to arguments, and you’ll have little control over what happens when your family members are out of the house at work or school.
It would really be better if everyone joined you in your crusade for better health.
A good place to start is by gathering information to support your cause.
This means learning how to create a sustainable diet that is also delicious and perhaps finding ways to make favorite family recipes healthier so that your loved ones don’t feel like they’re losing anything (except weight) throughout the process.
Portion control is a big part of eating healthy for many families, but raising awareness of what you eat, when you’re full, and the content of your food choices are also important.
When you understand the tenets of healthy eating you can sit your family down to explain and hopefully get them excited about the prospects of improved health and all that they stand to gain (or lose, as the case may be) by attending to their nutrition.
And if you and your family are struggling to participate, you should know that there are plenty of tools out there to help you.
For example, a mobile app like Fooducate allows you to track meals and activity, but it also has a bar code scanner so you can check out the foods on grocery store shelves before you buy to see how they’re rated, health-wise, and get suggestions on healthier alternatives.
You can even use it to plan your shopping trips.
Or you might consider joining a program like Weight Watchers that gives you the knowledge, tools, and community support to help you learn to eat in a healthy and sustainable manner.
Plenty of people try this fad diet or that one, but you know that healthy eating entails giving up the processed products, full of fat, sugar, and preservatives, in favor of foods that are as close to natural as possible.
Getting your family on board might take some work, but when they start to look and feel better because of the changes you’ve made it should be a lot easier.