Eating Healthy as a Family at Christmas

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Today Kathy is sharing ideas about eating healthy as a family during the holiday.

Just 4 days left before Christmas and the whole family is getting ready.  We have talked about the importance of healthy eating around the holidays and some ideas to get through those days with lots of food.  Keep in mind that children need to be eating healthier as well.

Starting with Christmas dinner, encourage your children to eat more of the healthier foods and just a little less of the fattier foods.  So many kids don’t like to eat the fruits and vegetables.  I like to cut fresh fruit and veggies in bite size pieces so they can just pop them in their mouths.  If they go back for seconds, have the first spoonful a healthy food.

About a 1/2 hour after finishing the meal, try to encourage some physical exercise.  Some of the video games available now involve physical participation such as dancing, tennis, running, etc.  If they have some of those games, that is a great way to get some exercise.  Make sure they don’t overdo it, you don’t want them getting sick to their stomach.

If your family is like mine, there are lots of goodies around the house and they are readily available to eat.  Even after Christmas, there are so many leftovers.  From the Christmas dinner leftovers to sweet rolls and donuts for breakfast, cookies, candy, the list can go on and on.  So what can you do to ensure your family doesn’t make all of those sweets their meal?

First of all, make sure all of the sweets are out of sight.  How many times your kids will run through the kitchen and it is so easy to reach on a plate and get a cookie or 2  and continue on their way.  Also make sure that you treat these things as a treat or dessert.  They only need to eat them once a day.

If you have days when you are just hanging out with the family, try new recipes.  Choose some sort of healthy meal or snack each day.  Let the kids get involved with picking a recipe and/or shopping for the ingredients.

Exchanging physical activity with computer or game time is an idea.  For every minute that they sit playing games, they have to do that amount of time exercising.  Get involved with the activity as well.  We all could use the exercise.

 The holidays are such a great time to really enjoy time with your children and with choosing different activities it keeps everyone entertained.  With just a little movement, you can get your kids ready for a healthier start to the new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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