The Best Diet On The Planet… The Mediterranean Diet
We could go on about the health benefits of what the Mediterranean diet can do for your family. Simply For Life has been at the forefront of this pattern of eating for years and it’s what our meal plans are based upon. There’s no disputing that a Mediterranean dietary pattern is associated with lower risks of heart attack, stroke and premature death. It can also help improve metabolic and glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of depression and anxiety. For two years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked it best overall diet on the planet.
It can take many exposures for kids to acquire a taste for a certain food. Every fruit & veggie exposure counts. Even if they only try one bite, that’s a new exposure and it’s a win! A child may enjoy a fruit or vegetable and then may hate it out of nowhere. Don’t assume your child will never eat it again. When it comes to mealtime, it’s important to maintain your parental responsibility of feeding, and let your kids maintain their responsibility of eating. Keep exposing it in different and fun ways over time! We don’t recommend forcing vegetables on kids. You decide what, when and where and they decide how much and if they want to eat something served. If broccoli is left on the plate do not bribe them to finish it for dessert.
Accept that perfectionism isn’t realistic. The “all or nothing” approach does not work, ever. PERIOD. You need to find some balance and that’s where your SFL consultant can help. One bad meal will not ruin your week or your weight loss efforts. Life happens. One dietary mistake doesn’t mean you’re a failure, nor is it a green light for binge-eating. You can’t change the past. Obsessing isn’t going to do anything except make you more and more anxious and prolong the guilt. Acknowledge what happened and keep moving forward with healthy lifestyle choices most of the time that nourish your body.