Survival Guide for the 40-Something
Fit At 40

The Balancing Act- Family and Eating Healthy

Do you ever fantasize about eating better, but worry about pleasing the family? Do you fear you are going to turn into a short order cook, with tons of cooking, cleaning and planning for multiple meals?

Well, it can be much easier than you think and you will be doing your family a favor in the long run.

It is taken me many years to realize that what you put in your mouth is much more important than how much you work out. With that being said, it is far more crucial to eat right and be consistent for a healthy well being. Now I’m an adult, I make food choices for myself. However,  that doesn’t mean my family welcomed this lifestyle change immediately.

Honestly, I’m the cook in this household! They will have to adjust!

I started by making small changes and in secret, the moment you share “healthy swaps” it grosses them out. Little by little, I introduced them to healthier, more nutrient dense carb options. (I.e. Brown rice, potatoes, yams and winter squashes) they quickly learned how to adapt and appreciate the colorful plate presented to them.

 

Don’t get me wrong, my family is used to whole-grain foods and veggies, so this was an easy transition. You may have a couple of picky eaters in your house, eventually they will give in, it can be done. We are all creatures of habit, but there is no reason why change cannot be made, unless allergies play a role in your family.

So may I suggest, the next time you’re at the grocery store, look around the produce aisle and be adventurous. Look for some vegetables that you haven’t made in a while. Make the food selection colorful, (variety of colors on one plate) and make the presentation beautiful. You will be surprised how fast the meal is eaten depending on how it is presented.

 

Happy Cooking! XOXO Jennifer Colon

Jennifer Colon

Author: Jennifer Colon

Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!

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Jennifer Colon

Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!

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  1. Ness

    Makes me want to go and buy some vegetables and smoothie them up!

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