Have you ever wondered why the US has such a problem with obesity? One in three kids are overweight. Most overweight kids will grow to be overweight adults. This is the first generation where parents may outlive their kids. We could go on and on with the shock-n-awe stats. So if we know this is such an issue, why can’t we fix it? I hear the excuses day in and day out: healthy eating is too hard, too expensive, too time consuming...the list goes on and on.
I defend parents day in and day out for the many things we juggle each and every day. It’s a tough job. But parents, I have to be honest with us too. We’re creating this mess. We can’t blame our kids. We can’t blame our schools. We can’t blame the Government (well, maybe). The truth is, we have the choice of deciding what we eat every day. We’re simply making the wrong choices.
It’s a fact of nature that we as humans seek the path of least resistance. In terms of health and diet, that often means processed foods, fast foods, and frozen foods. We choose convenience over health.
For some reason, healthy eating hasn’t hit the list of priorities yet. And for many, it only becomes a priority when our bodies just can’t take the abuse any more.
I have a small secret to share. It only takes 2 steps to transform your eating habits and you can have these in place by Sunday.
This has to become a Priority. Remember reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Covey’s most brilliant Habit- #3: Put First Things First. Fill your jar with your most important rocks first (health better be one of them). If you do, and focus on your most important things first, then you’re living life based on your priorities.
Planning & Organizing. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” It’s just that simple. We use this in every aspect of life and a healthy lifestyle is no different. This takes two hours a week. TWO HOURS! I’m not buying that you don’t have it. The average American watches 4 hours of TV per day (not including time on Facebook). Forego your time in front of the TV and plan your meals for the week and organize your refrigerator. It’s therapeutic, rewarding, and one of the most powerful things you can do to get your family on track and eating healthy.
Don’t believe it’s still possible? Check out this video
where I intervene and pull a local family out of the rut and back into their healthy eating lifestyle.
If they can do it, you can too. Start today!