It’s only natural that you care about the health of your entire family. We all want our families to be as healthy as they can be, but to make that happen, we have to swap some bad habits we have for good ones. We’re all guilty of taking the unhealthy route rather than the healthy one in certain situations, but what matters is how we make changes going forward. That can help you to make your family happier and healthier.
Swap Sodas for Sparkling Water
The worst sodas on the market are packed full of sugar (and unnecessary calories), and we all know how damaging that can be for families. But these drinks are still consumed by families at alarming rates of frequency. So why not swap soda for sparkling water or regular water with slices of citrus or frozen berries? It could be one of the best things you do for your family this year.
Keep the Home Stocked With Fruit
In order for your family to embrace the benefits of eating more fruit, they first need to be exposed to it. That’s why it’s important to try to keep your home stocked with plenty of fresh fruit. If it’s there and waiting to be eaten, more people in your family will start to try it, and that’s a definitely a step in the right direction.
Seek Out Sweet But Healthy Alternatives to Processed Snacks
Not everything that’s sweet has to be bad for you and your kids. In fact, there are lots of great snacks that can be used to replace the processed snacks such as snack cakes and cookies that are so bad for our health. As I mentioned above, fruit is one option. But raw honey sticks are also worth considering. Girlie got really into these at the state fair and, while they seem like a lot of sugar, the ones we got measured out into a pretty reasonable serving. We also like to make protein bites and balls to have around as snacks.
As a Family, Use Your Car Less
These days, so many families use their car for trips that don’t really require a car. Now, here in suburban Tampa we don’t have many walkable options but you might. Walking to run minor errands is actually one of the things I miss about living in New England!
You could definitely start to review how you use your car each day of the week. By starting to use it less, you could spend more time walking and getting active whenever you need to go somewhere. On top of that, it could save you money!
Find Times to Move as a Family
The CDC recommends that kids get an hour or more of physical exercise each day and most of our schools aren’t providing it. Things like walking, biking, and playing tag are all great ways to get movement in as a family! I’ve been trying to find ways to get more movement into our family life as well. HH and I get our gym time and Girlie plays softball but I’ve been looking for ways to get a little family movement in once a week too. Our theme park weekends rack up the steps but other than that beach walks and taking Spenser for some extra exercise have been successful. When it isn’t softball season Girlie will sometimes even join me at the gym! Our old family fitness center had great kids programs including kids gym game times and mini fitness equipment!
Make Meal Time More of an Occasion
When meal times are disjointed in family homes, it’s easy to take the quick and easy way of skipping family meals. But making a family meal even once or twice a week can have a big impact. Sometimes that means cooking a meal from scratch and sometimes that means taking a little help from the store with a rotisserie chicken and a salad kit!
You can try to make family meals more of an occasion. They can be about serving and sharing great food, as well as being social with the people closest to you in your family. Some days, we enjoy family dinners and some days we don’t. When Girlie was little HH would even schedule midweek “date nights” by having our dinner after she went to bed! It’s all about finding what works best for you and your family.
In today’s busy life it’s so easy for our family’s healthy habits to start to slip. But we all want our family’s health to be our top priority. Making these swaps can be an easy way to bring healthy habits back to the forefront!
What do you think about these tips? Any that you’ve tried or think you will try? Any others to add to the list?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.