Americans celebrate today the National Eating Healthy Day, so all citizens have the chance to find out more about healthy diets. Based on the statistics from the American Heart Association, over 65 percent of United States adults and 35 percent of kids and teenagers are either overweight or obese.
Therefore, the agency’s officials have released a set of guidelines to help Americans adopt healthier eating behaviors. First, you should set an example by starting to eat right. By doing this, you will become a role model not just for your family members but also for everyone around you.
This way, more people will understand the importance and benefits of a healthy eating style. Instead of forcing your children to eat what you think is healthy, you can let them choose from a set of healthy options which you prepare beforehand.
Regardless of what your kids choose, praise them. By using this approach, your children will change their perspective, and they will celebrate the next National Eating Healthy Day with you.
Try to make dinnertime an important part of your family life. You can help your kids grow into this habit if you always come up with interesting ideas of healthy cooking. For instance, transform cooking and planning meals into a recreational activity.
All children love to play, so they will want to get involved in this cooking program. Try to develop a game consisting of reading healthy food labels. Using this method, all family members will be better informed about nutritious dishes and everyone will get the chance to cook a wide variety of healthy meals.
Use more canned, frozen, or preferably fresh fruits and veggies. You can also introduce them in healthy desserts, snacks, or sides. Try to avoid sugary syrups and salty sauces, as it is better for your children to consume a lower intake of sodium.
Keep in mind that no family member should exaggerate by eating too much of the salty six which are cheese; sandwiches; savory snacks; cured meats and cold cuts; rolls and bread; and pizza.
Also, cut down on added sugar intake by eliminating sports drinks, soda, and other sweetened beverages. Instead, drink more water. The National Eating Healthy Day raises awareness about the risks and consequences of unhealthy weight gain and obesity including strokes, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses
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