As a busy mom, I know how hard it can be to feed our families well. This column will help families learn how to eat better and explain why they want to make this a priority. It will provide shopping tips, snack and meal ideas, along with some recipes. I would also love to hear from the readers with questions about what they need to know to help make healthier decisions for their families.
Why Eat Healthy?
I thought I would start my first column with some “whys.” I have learned over the years of teaching about health and nutrition that people are more likely to make changes if they understand why they need to.
The truth is that nearly 70 percent of all disease could be prevented by simple lifestyle and nutrition improvements. Seventy percent! That is a big number. Yet people are so unwilling to change. Why is that?
Maybe they don’t know the how-to’s. That is what I am hoping to provide some ideas on how to make healthier choices. Back to the whys. No longer can we afford to say, “It can’t happen to me.”
With one in two men and one in three women getting cancer in his or her lifetime, and heart disease the No. 1 killer in America of both men and women, we can no longer assume we will never have health issues.
Regarding our kids, the statics are even more alarming, and many medical experts have been quoted as saying that this generation of children will be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents.
Our kids deserve better. Science has overwhelmingly proven that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and whole foods reduces the risk of all disease.
In fact, the government has set guidelines that we are to eat seven to 13 servings of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables every day. Yet we are not eating these foods and instead are living on fast food and processed foods that are high in sugar, calories and artificial ingredients.
Eating healthy does not have to be boring. It can be fun, taste great, and I promise you will feel better, too. And, yes, you can get your kids to eat healthy, too. It just takes a little patience, marketing and determination.
I look forward to providing fun tips that can help get your family on the road to better health.