Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Better Family Diet

Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mikeby Denise Austin
How can you get your family to enjoy eating healthier foods? Don't change their diet all at once. That's the advice of experts at the American Dietetic Association — they say it's easier to stick to small changes than drastic overhauls.

Try to limit changes to one or two small things at a time: for example, switch from white bread to 100 percent whole wheat, and substitute sweet snacks with real fruit. Once these changes have become the norm in your household, add a few more. Write down your goals for your family's diet, and keep a log of what family members eat every day to track their progress.

And make sure you pour on the praise! Encourage all attempts at eating right, and try not to criticize when things don't go as planned. Learning to eat healthy isn't about perfection — it's about persistence. Remember — bad habits won't be broken in a day, but good habits are built one day at a time!

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