8 Secret Techniques to Improve Family Health
A quote says, “love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle.” Living a healthy lifestyle is indeed a priority not just for individuals, but for the entire family as well. Here’s how to improve your and your family’s health.
1) Take control of the kitchen
Parents, listen. If you are letting fast food restaurants and junk food manufacturers control the eating habits of your children, now is the perfect time to head back to the kitchen. This should be your first stop if you want to raise happier, healthier and well-nourished children.
2) Educate yourselves about healthy food
Some would say that the options are very limited, but that’s not true. In fact, there is an ongoing revolution to become ethical consumers to there are a plethora of healthy foods even on convenience stores. Learn what your options are, and include the children in the process.
3) Encourage family members to participate
To continue, it takes more than learning about choices. Instead, it also means teaching them how to read labels properly, finding healthy recipes and cooking the recipe together. Learn your spouse and kids’ favorite foods and research on how to prepare or cook them in a much healthier way.
4) Stock up on healthy snacks
Once you know which foods are healthier and which are not, it is easier to create a grocery list and stock up the pantry with the right snack items. Some examples are granola bars, frozen fruits, Greek yogurt, unsalted nuts, and cottage cheese.
5) Establish a mealtime routine
Consistency is key. Hence, parents must control not just what the kids are eating, but also when they are eating. They will learn to be better eaters if routines are established initially. This is possible if you’ll eat together as a family, a process that also promotes better self-image. The more meals you eat together, the better.
6) Do physical activities together
If you are exercising regularly, you might as well encourage your loved ones to do the same. The goal is to create opportunities that allow your kids to have at least 30 minutes of doing any physical activity. It could be walking around the house, walking the dog around the neighbourhood or any activity that your kids want.
7) Establish a water first policy
Hunger and thirst originate in our hypothalamus. At times, you may confuse one from the other. At the onset of a craving, persuade the family members to grab a glass of water first. If they don’t like the taste, you may put slices of lemon, cucumber or both on a flagon. Put it somewhere accessible to everyone.
8) Scrub up like the doctors
There’s a proper way of washing our hands. When washing, make sure that you wash the fingertips, part in between the fingers and under the nails. Wash with a soap for 20 to 30 seconds. Hygiene is very important since germs, bacteria and virus are spread through hand contacts.
Summing it up, the above points give you an idea how to keep your family healthy. Evidently, living a healthier lifestyle is not that hard to do. You and your family just have to commit to doing and achieving it.
Mark Justine DeMesa is a Filipino Blogger and a freelance writer. He currently writes and blogs for Maid Provider a Philippine’s No.1 Maid Agency.