In today’s world, where fast food is considered a normal meal, and life can often be a blur of busy, sometimes we forget about the importance of living a healthy life. The reality of it however, if that living healthily should be one of our highest priorities, for both ourselves and our families. Here are 5 steps to mainstreaming your family’s health, and your own in the process. (photo credit: here)
1. Educate yourself as a parent. Do your due diligence. Research. Ask questions.
We have become a nation of slackers, and frankly it’s getting quite old. We need to start taking a pro-active approach when it comes to health. How can you be pro-active? You can start by educating yourself. We have oodles of information at our fingertips and yet we are still a country of obese, diseased, prescription drug addicted individuals. How is this possible? Start reading. No excuses.
2. Make conscious and informed decisions regarding food, exercise, spiritual well-being, and the environment.
This goes hand in hand with #1. There has been such a disconnect in regards to our present day food choices.The American way has led us down the path of “who cares.” Who cares where your food comes from when it’s readily available and waiting for you just around every corner.Gone are the days where you actually had to grow your own food or milk your own cow. Let’s start caring about the impact we can and undoubtedly will create when we make informed choices in all areas of life.
3. Step outside the box. Change the health landscape.
Have you ever asked yourself why pizza and cake are staple birthday party food items? Think about it.We are celebrating a beautiful event by stuffing our faces with processed sugars, artificial additives, etc. All the things that can cut a life short. Kinda ironic if you ask me. I guess it would be okay if it was just one day a year, but it’s happening much more often than that in the average American household. Will there ever come a time when broccoli and carrots are considered celebratory foods? If we want to change the landscape, we need to start at HOME. This is a grassroots movement. One family at a time.
4. Implement. Teach by example.
In my opinion we are only as good a teacher as we are a doer. Does that make sense? All I am saying is to live the healthy lifestyle yourself. This will undoubtedly have the greatest impact on your children’s health. Children learn by observation. Think of all the wonderful things you can teach them about life and health through your own positive actions.
5. Make health a priority.
After all, it’s life’s greatest asset. By making health a priority, you are laying a strong foundation for your children’s continued wellness. And that, my fellow mommies, is something we can all agree on.