GET­TING FAM­ILY IN­VOLVED WITH YOUR HEALTHY LIFE­STYLE

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If you’ve made the de­ci­sion to start liv­ing health­ier, this can be heav­ily in­flu­enced by those around you. It’s go­ing to make ev­ery­thing that much eas­ier, if your fam­ily is on board with the goals you are try­ing to achieve. Lifeshape Clinic di­eti­tian Ni­cola Moore has some great tips to en­cour­age the whole fam­ily to adopt some health­ier habits.

HEALTHY SWAPS AND AMEND­MENTS

If you’re adopt­ing health­ier choices in your meals, you might be daunted by the thought of mak­ing dif­fer­ent meals for your­self, part­ner and chil­dren.

How­ever, this can be al­le­vi­ated with some sim­ple swaps or amend­ments.

“If you’re mak­ing some fish and veg­eta­bles for din­ner, you can sim­ply add ad­di­tional sauces, mash or bread to their meals and keep yours as is,” Ni­cola sug­gests.

EN­COUR­AGE PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION

Get­ting ev­ery­one in­volved in what you’re do­ing is a great way to help them un­der­stand the changes you’re mak­ing.

If you have the space, get the fam­ily in­volved in plant­ing a herb gar­den and har­vest­ing the pro­duce.

“Get the kids in the kitchen and have them chop, peel or grate veg­gies for din­ner or go on fam­ily bike rides to­gether,” Ni­cola says.

POS­I­TIVE VIBES AND ROLE-MOD­EL­LING

Adopt­ing a health­ier life­style doesn’t have to sound daunt­ing to the fam­ily.

Cre­ate pos­i­tive lan­guage around your new life­style rather than fo­cus­ing on ‘di­et­ing’.

To get the fam­ily think­ing pos­i­tively about phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, use lan­guage like “I feel so good af­ter go­ing for a walk each night, would you like to start com­ing with me?”.

“Be­ing a pos­i­tive role model is an im­por­tant part of your chil­dren’s per­cep­tion of food,” Ni­cola says.

Try these steps over time, as your fam­ily may need time to ad­just to your life­style just as you might.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lifeshape Clinic on 1800 567 348 or visit www.lifeshape.com.au

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