Supporting the health of your family is a primary concern no matter what stage you’re at, but it’s even more crucial if you have a younger family with kids and teenagers. Encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles is part of your responsibility as a parent, so here is a good place to start.
These days, many children, teenagers, and adults are overweight due to sedentary lifestyles. In fact, around one-third of Americans are obese, around 12.6 million children and teens. That’s not surprising when you consider the types of feed we consume and the lack of physical activity.
In the past, the problem was not having enough to eat, but now people with less income have too many calories in their diets because of high fat, high sugar products. The good news is that healthy eating is better for your health and cheaper overall. Also, you start craving healthy food.
Can you imagine scooping out ten teaspoons of sugar onto a plate and then eating it all at once? Chances are it would make you feel sick, not to mention they will increase your waistline significantly, but that’s the equivalent of drinking a standard can of soda on an average day.
The sugar contained in soda and other forms of processed food is refined sugar, meaning that it has been granulated from natural sugar and contains very little nutritional value. Reducing refined sugar in your diet is the best way to support the health and well-being of all your family.
Naturally, you want to protect against illness and disease to ensure your family stays happy and healthy for as long as possible. The best strategy to achieve this is prevention. All kinds of diseases can be prevented using health checks, including cancers and various dental issues.
If you want better dental care for your family, you need to have your family members checked every six months. During a dental checkup, the dentist will perform a scale and polish to make their teeth shiny and remove any plaque. They can also advise on the best dental practices.
If you want to keep your family healthy and happy, you need to encourage physical activity as much as possible. Physical activity helps to keep the body and brain healthy and functioning properly; it also reduces the chances of illness and injury. So how can you encourage children?
Many kids these days spend much of their time on computers in one form or another, supporting their energy levels with high-calorie food that lacks nutritional value. Forcing them to exercise won’t work, instead, take up an interest yourself and encourage curiosity in your youngsters.
Meat contains a lot of protein which is good on some diets, but if you want to support the general well-being of your family as well as the planet, switch to a meat-free diet. This can be vegetarian or vegan, depending on your mindset; overall, it encourages healthier food choices.