Are you Worried that your Kids are Headed Toward Obesity … before they Grow Up?
We’re a culture obsessed with media-glorified body images and yet our lifestyles are mostly sedentary with a high caloric intake. We live in a contradiction that’s challenging to win. The grocery check-out highlights our dilemma with these two messages: (1) Follow these recipes and indulge, and (2) look like these super-skinny models. Research shows our health is the loser. Both children and adults are experiencing an obesity epidemic. 30% of American children are overweight or obese [i] and 35.7% of adults are obese [ii]. On top of that, our self-esteem wanes as we don’t meet the size and shape expectations we’ve accepted.
February is American Heart Health Month. Staying heart healthy can be challenging with all of the high calorie, high fat and salty foods readily available as mealtime solutions for you and your family. This month we have 7 heart healthy* dinners and 4 of those can be served in 30 minutes or less.
Great family dinners aren’t about how fancy they look. The real power is in how they make your family feel. Loved. Cared for.
- Slow down and stress less with a little planning ahead.
- Take back the dinner hour and eat together as a family.
- Keep making healthy comfort foods. They feel good!
- Live in the moment.
Dream Dinners produce is supplied by Sysco, the largest foodservice distributor in North America. Sysco endeavors to use region-specific local growers for their produce whenever possible. What does that mean for you as a Dream Dinners guest? The produce that the Dream Dinners in Framingham, Massachusetts uses may not be the same produce the Dream Dinners in Carlsbad, California uses. It’s the same high quality, but it often is grown in the region where it is sold.
Produce is at its peak nutritional value when it is fully ripe. But fruits and vegetables that will be packed to travel long distances to the market point aren’t picked when they are ripe, but instead before ripeness. While the produce may gain color and softness on its journey to the wholesaler, nutritional value comes directly through the stem from the living plant. Once harvested, a vegetable is as nutritious as it is going to get. Furthermore, nutritional value actually decreases every day past the point of harvest. So, when the item comes off the tree or vine, it has a set amount of nutritional value, and the clock starts ticking as it loses a little bit each day. Buying local produce you’ll find that it’s fresher, crisper and more flavorful.
If you want to lose weight or change your eating habits, let your family and friends know what you are doing, and be specific about how they can help you. Let them know how important, as well as how challenging, this is for you, and that you need their help.
The typical western diet is lacking a group of key nutrients including: calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Here is a list of 5 foods you should incorporate into your diet with a low glycemic index and will help provide the key nutrients listed above.
Frozen dinners from the grocery store often promise a quick solution for dinner. Some entrée’s are labeled healthy, most are not. However, if you take a closer look at the nutritional content of the dinner you are about to purchase you might surprised by the results.
Seventy-five percent of Americans say they are concerned with their weight and a record breaking 70 percent cite their reason for making dietary change is weight loss. A surprising set of numbers since most are not successful with their weight loss efforts over time. The failure has more to do with our hectic lifestyles and the decline of Americans’ cooking skills over the past several decades than lack of willpower. Sixty-nine percent of people admit making same day or last-minute dinner decisions. The result: Americans order take-out and east out more often.
Eating dinner out is associated with an increased risk of weight gain; and adults who frequently eat dinner out are about twice as likely to be obese than those who eat at home.
Dream Dinners, the originator of the meal assembly industry, can help busy families get dinner on the table. Cheri Neyens, a Dream Dinners customer, explains:
“I knew there was no way I could stick to a diet that was limited to broiled chicken and fish. I knew that I had no imagination in the kitchen. Every month I go onto the Dream Dinners web site, and armed with the menu and the nutritional information, I make my selection of meals that I will be preparing for the next month. The dinners we eat are absolutely delicious, and I feel really good about serving them to my family. One year later I am happy to report I have lost 88 pounds and my husband has lost 90 pounds!”
See how Dream dinners portion control can help your family’s weight management. Visit dreamdinners.com and find a location near you.
Has Dream Dinners helped your family learn portion control? Have you lost weight including Dream Dinners with your healthy lifestyle? We would love to hear!
The other day I watched a TV commercial promoting a nutritional supplement drink. It starred a mom pushing it for her daughter, who wouldn’t “touch anything green”.
Those sorts of comments always stop me in my tracks. Is it optional for our kids to eat the healthy foods their bodies need? Is it a good habit to sneak nutrients into their meals? How far should we as moms go to make sure they eat what’s healthy for their growth and development?
I know and understand the dangers behind making kids eat everything on their plate. Creating a power struggle or negative feelings about food can lead to all sorts of eating disorders and problems. But I also know that most people — especially kids — have to see, smell and taste a new food multiple times before they are comfortable with it.
Stacey Seybold Hiller, M.S., CCC-SLP is an industry expert in speech, language and feeding skills in children.
It’s time for a new year… time to start your family eating healthy! A few small changes now can make a big difference in the years ahead!
If you are like most people, after the holidays are over, you start to rethink your diet and exercise (or lack thereof). It is harder than ever to keep your children eating healthy. Many foods marketed for children are high in sugar and fat and low in fiber and protein. Even many choices for kids at restaurants and schools fit into this category. The worst culprit is processed foods. These foods tend to be high in fat, sodium, and calories. But, how can you get your family eating better? Try to have more home-cooked meals. Easier said than done, but you have many options now.