It can be very easy to get stuck in bad habits that can affect our health negatively. Here are a few tips to help incorporate healthy habits into our busy lives.
- Shop Smarter: Buy produce when it is in season. Be sure to freeze items for later use.
- Make Healthy Food Easily Accessible: Keep fresh fruit snacks in a colorful bowl easily accessible to family members. Have pitchers of water easily accessible in the refrigerator.
- Watch portion sizes: Use smaller plates and bowls for children. Discuss portion sizes with kids. Never sit down with a bag of snacks, always fix an appropriate portion in a bowl or on a plate.
- Eat Breakfast: Skipping meals, especially breakfast, has been associated with obesity.
- Cook with your kids: Children love to be helpers, and cooking with family can be a great way to learn about healthy eating and to spend time together.
- Eat family meals: Eating together as a family can be very important for healthy lives, from a physical and psychological stand point. It is a great way for a family to connect.
- Limit screen time: The AAP recommends less than 2 hours of screen time a day. This includes TV, phone, computers, tablets, gaming systems, etc.
Dr. Jacob LeBas is a full time pediatrician at Cedar Park Pediatric & Family Medicine. During his residency Dr. LeBas was involved in establishing an obesity prevention and intervention program for children. And he loves cooking with his own two small children.