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8 Small Diet Changes That Make a Big Difference

Kim Conte
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healthy foodsDo you ever wish your family ate a healthier diet? Sometimes it's easier to start small instead of changing everything all at once. Here are some small diet changes we've slowly implemented in our house; we think they've made a big difference in terms of improving our health...

  • Make a shopping list and stick to it. Being organized ahead of time will prevent you from grabbing unhealthy snacks, cookies, or other junk food at the grocery store.
  • Incorporate one "superfood" into each meal—beans, berries, broccoli, nuts, sweet potatoes, greens, and low-fat yogurt.
  • Start the day with a healthy, low-sugar breakfast.
  • Stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthy snacks (nuts, raisins, apple slices, carrot sticks, low-fat cheese, celery sticks and peanut butter); get rid of the tempting junk food.
  • Add one more fruit or vegetable to your family's meals.
  • Switch from sugary soda and juice to water.
  • Add more fiber to each meal, which can help your colon work better as well as reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Good sources of fiber include whole wheat, fresh and dried fruits, broccoli, carrots, peas, and beans.
  • Turn off the TV during dinner. This will help you to be aware of how much you are eating, and allow you to engage in good conversation with your family.

Have you made any healthy changes to your family's diet?

 

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