Keeping Your Family Support

"Honey, we are never going to have your favorite meal ever again." You know, if I had said that, my sweet husband probably would have been a little bit upset. To hear that he would never have chicken parmesan again in his whole life? Or imagine if I had said, "I'm never buying cookies again. Ever." Or even worse still, "No more ice cream. None." I think I would have had a full-fledged revolt on my hands, don't you? It's something to think about.

"Honey, we are never going to have your favorite meal ever again." You know, if I had said that, my sweet husband probably would have been a little bit upset. To hear that he would never have chicken parmesan again in his whole life? Or imagine if I had said, "I'm never buying cookies again. Ever." Or even worse still, "No more ice cream. None." I think I would have had a full-fledged revolt on my hands, don't you? It's something to think about.


It's one thing to want to make changes for yourself, and an animal of an entirely different stripe when you are trying to make changes for your family. Before I started on my weight loss journey, I cooked whatever sounded good. Fried chicken? Sure. Brownies with frosting? Absolutely. Tortilla chips loaded with melted cheese? Anytime.



Once I made a U-turn on gaining weight, and started heading in the right direction, I knew that changing my own eating habits were a good start, but I also realized that I needed to make changes for all of us! I also knew that if I tried to change everything at one time it might make my own journey more difficult. So instead of swearing the whole family off of high fat, unhealthy food, I decided to tread carefully.


The first thing I did was look closely at our favorite meals. Instead of ditching half of our favorites, I analyzed each recipes and made substitutions that would bring the dish into acceptable limits of fat and calories. The next time I made chicken parmesan, everyone raved about it, and no one realized I had cut the calories in half. I added in new recipes, and that made us all happy too.


Once I adapted the recipes, the next thing I focused on was our snacking habits. Pop-Tarts, chocolate cookies, peanut butter crackers, and other high-fat snacks dominated my shopping list in days past. I switched to healthier snacks, eliminating the high-fat, high-sugar ones, piece by piece. Sometimes the children would ask for a particular food, and I would occasionally let them have it, but by and large, they didn't complain.


I would have been remiss had I just focused on my own needs, and ignored the needs of my family. I knew that I wanted nothing more than for our family to be healthy together forever.


As you travel your journey, make sure to bring your family along, and not leave them behind! You can't control their choices, but you can control yours. As the primary grocery shopper and cook for my own family, it was my responsibility to choose the meals and plan the snacks. I had the wonderful opportunity to make changes we all could live with!


By not changing everything at one time, I garnered the support and enthusiasm of my entire family, from my husband on down. The little children didn't notice any difference, and John noticed, and appreciated all the changes I had made for his health, and my own. Are there changes you'd like to make in your family's diet? I'd encourage you to make them slowly, and not cause a revolt among your most avid supporters!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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