Sedentary lifestyles, easy access to fast food, and stressful schedules make maintaining a healthy weight practically impossible. That’s the reason for No Diet Day, a day set aside to promote healthy eating rather than dieting. Lots of us have tried various weight loss programs, fad diets, dietary supplements and weight loss pills only to find we’re right back at our starting weight. That’s why a little planning can go a long way. Consider planning a weekly menu for all the meals you and your family will eat that’s also based your family’s schedule. Plan for going out to eat too because it’s also easy to get cooking burn out when you’ve prepared meals for several days straight. Going out to eat is perfectly acceptable as long as you order items that are healthy for you. When you plan a weekly menu, you’ll not only save money on your monthly food bill (it’s much cheaper eating in than eating out), you’ll also be more likely to eat the food you’ve bought from the store and less likely to let it go to waste.
Consider using a chalkboard in your kitchen to list what’s for dinner each night. This is a fun exercise for kids to learn about food preparation, storage and healthy eating. Best of all they’ll learn the importance of eating to live rather than living to eat.