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Learning to be In Control

on February 13, 2013

We often sabotage our healthy lifestyles with one trip to the grocery store. With aisles packed with all kind of junk food it seems impossible to not eat the wrong things. Over a period of time, we have managed to avoid buying or eating junk food 90% of the time. I say 90% as it does not feel worthwhile to avoid all junk food at all times. Moderation seems to be the key to success. And I feel that this way the kids don’t feel like healthy living is forced down their throats.

Some things that have worked for us:

  • Spending majority of time in the produce aisle of the grocery store.
  • Learning to cook exotic (new to us) vegetables. I was unaware of veggies like broccoli, asparagus, red cabbage, artichokes to name a few when I moved to the US. I am happy to have experimented with them. Now they are the family’s favorites!
  • Buying a variety of fruits. A fruit salad with a drizzle of honey, caramel or chocolate syrup takes care of dessert cravings. Offering cookies after a big bowl ūüėČ
  • Coming home hungry after exercising or a trip to a store is the biggest challenge.¬†Instead of ruining appetite by¬†reaching for the bag of chips,¬†ready-made salad in the form of carrot¬†and celery sticks. Or just a few walnuts or dates.¬†This works great to take the edge off to start preparing the meal and¬†keep your appetite for the main course!
  • A good breakfast with fiber and protein. Oatmeal with walnuts, dried and fresh berries works for us.
  • Cutting down on salt and sugar was not easy but once we stuck with the plan, we find that our taste buds have adapted. To the extent that we find most¬†store-bought¬†potato chips over-salty and desserts over-sweetened. We also cheat our taste buds by adding lime/lemon in place of salt and dried fruits like dates, cranberries, raisins instead of sugar.

Best of all, these habits seem to have rubbed off on our kid as she voluntarily asks for fruit or veggie snacks. We are not sure if this will last forever, but we will take it while it lasts:)

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