getting kids to eat healthier, peer pressure, plant based whole food, snacks and junk food

The Path of Resistance: Staying the course on a Healthier Diet

What about stress in life? If you are a sensitive person, you might not be doing as well with this as you’d like. Life is hard like a constant uphill battle. Or, you can look at it as challenging. Change can be difficult, especially if you are doing it to save your life. Old habits die hard, and we should learn we can’t change others, we can only change ourselves.

If eating plant based food doesn’t taste good, know that it takes time to adjust. But, when you see the results in how you feel and look, you may become more patient and positive…

But, how do we change us? We didn’t start eating the way we have a day ago. Our lifestyles are a result of culture and traditions, same as the food we eat. In America, it’s pizza and burger commercials bombarding us every time we turn on the TV. But, are they healthy? Yes, they taste good, but many things taste good that are not actually good for us to eat.

After the brief pleasure of a meal that tastes good, we may begin suffering long term health consequences. Who do you know, especially if they are older that don’t take some form of medication or go to the doctor? Not many, if any, I’m sure.

When we prepare our own food, we learn what we prefer. If we are busy, like most of us are, we have to find ways to save time. We want to cut corners to make things easier. If we have kids and have to go to work, we have to manage our time wisely. But, when children see advertisements for a new cereal, candy and drink, they want it.

So, how do you tell them no when all their friends eat foods containing huge amounts of sugar? How does one change or unlearn eating habits the vast majority of people will not change no matter what the health evidence demonstrates?

How does one overcome peer pressure and act differently without the utmost ridicule and resistance? First, we must educate ourselves as to which foods are health promoting and which are not.

‘A plant-based diet is increasingly becoming recognized as a healthier alternative to a diet laden with meat [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315380/]’.

Support in changing over to a healthier diet may be difficult to muster at best. But, we have to if we want to get healthier and lose weight at the same time. It is acceptable to bring your own food to work, but the temptation is always there to eat that doughnut and cookies coworkers bring in.

Who wouldn’t want a doughnut or cookie and coffee? They taste good. But, unfortunately, the oil used in making that doughnut is about the worst thing we can put into our bodies. So, there again, what tastes sweet and good isn’t necessarily good for us.

Furthermore, if your children eat lunch at the school cafeteria, they may be choosing foods which have been said to be healthy, but actually are not. What kid doesn’t want pizza for lunch versus a healthier sandwich you’ve made for him or her?

For example, government sources may say low fat dairy is OK in moderation, while health practitioners who espouse a plant based whole food diet profess that consuming no dairy and all animal products is essential to improved health.

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315380/
Website Title The Permanente Journal
Publication Year 2015
Date Accessed October 30, 2018

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

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