Healthy Families

Words Of Encouragement

This is an inspirational story that any parent should read…

One of the best benefits of learning how to eat to fuel my body, as a mom, was learning what a healthy plate looks like. As I first learned from Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Trainer program back in 2011, Tony used to talk about the important fuels for your body: lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

When we first started on this health and fitness journey, my husband and I cleaned out all our cupboards and fridge of the bad stuff that we would allow to creep in, and replaced it with the healthy stuff listed in my new food journal provided with the Team Beachbody Club. That was a big deal for me, because it was a commitment with my pocketbook! I used the expression “Say no to yourself once at the grocery store!” that I’ve learned from another member in my Beachbody Challenge Group. That saying made sense to me, and I wanted to teach my kid the same thing. Rather than me having candies in a bag that she’d ask me for 10 times throughout the day, not even having them on the shelves was a few less “NO” I had to tell my kid. It helped me get creative in making the snacks fun, and the meals tasty!

Of course my body really resisted at first. My husband was grumpy that the junk food we’ve grown accustomed to were no longer an option. Oh, I’m all about moderation, and we still had desserts, and sweet foods, but we’ve changed our options for the more healthy counterparts: Plain Greek Yogurt instead of go-gurts, fresh fruit juice or tea in place of soda, thin crust, light cheese & veggie pizza instead of the thick crust, oozing cheese pepperoni pizza’s of old. We had tons of different fruits always available, and instead of calorie laden casseroles we had grilled fish, lots of veggies and instead of white rice, we had brown rice, quinoa and barley. Haven’t tried them? Neither had I until I found the Beachbody Club and then I was hooked on these new flavors! In fact, my daughter actually (and this is the truth!) used to say “Broccoli? Yay!!!” It sounds so fake and cheesy, but she really love broccoli  – a veggie I’d pick last before then. Because the truth is, healthy foods DO taste good, and its possible to re-train our habits and taste buds.

Oh, we still have ice cream and cakes every now and then, just not every day or week, and you know what? We are healthy, strong, and adjusted. So be encouraged if you are just starting on your journey to a healthier family – with time and consistency, and open, honest communication, ie: “I can’t in good conscience, give to you what I know now to be so unhealthy for you, girl.” Your kids WILL adjust and when they’re adults they’ll thank you. When they do, you can pat yourself on the back knowing you did the hard, but right thing with your family.

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