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How do you start a lifestyle change?

What do you start with when you suddenly realize you have to make big changes in your health and eating habits and need to start as soon as you can? How do you get your family on board?


Asked by lovingmy4babies at 10:41 AM on May. 25, 2011 in Health

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  • great question!

    tell them your goals and write them up on the fridge for all to see
    start by cleaning out your fride and pantry of bad food you wont allow yourself to buy again
    then reward yourself and ask others to reward you when you do well
    and negatively reinforce yourself (that doesnt mean punish) and ask others to do the same when you goof up

    neg reinforcing means taking away the bad (so throw away the cookies)
    punish means adding bad (like slapping yourself or writing in your diary how bad you were)...don't do this

    Answer by Liz4Life at 3:10 PM on May. 25, 2011

  • You start right away with as many changes as you can for yourself. Bring the family on board once you've 'mastered' the change and introduce it to them over a period of time.

    Answer by meooma at 10:48 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • I think it depends on your personality as well as your family's. It also depends on how drastic of a change you're planning on making. If you already eat fairly healthy, so the change wouldn't be extreme, I'd just jump in. Don't make it into a big deal. One of my rules is that the kids have to eat the serving of vegetables on their plate before they're allowed seconds of anything. That said, I don't make veggies I know they don't like. Prepare veggies different ways - they might not like them steamed, but roasted or grilled could be loved.

    Make healthy substitutions for meals. If a typical meal right now are chicken nuggets and french fries, oven bake the nuggets and fries both, using olive oil on the fries so they get that crispiness as well as heart healthy fats. I make a lot of classic kid foods this way. Homemade pizza can be very healthy, and fun for the kids to help with.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:51 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • With just kind of have to do it. If you try and ease in with that, at least for me, it's easy to go overboard on the junk. Once you have "reprogrammed" your body and taste buds to crave healthy foods (which takes a few weeks) then you can allow yourself the occasional treat. Exercising, on the other hand, you have to ease into if you aren't in shape. Walking is a good way to start. Do 15 minutes for a few days, then up it to 20 or 30 and so on. You can add strength training and more interesting and high impact exercises later on. Once you are feeling good and toning up and have more energy...your family is much more likely to take part willingly. Encourage them, but don't be a bully about it. Find healthier versions of favorite recipes. Turn exercise into a game by playing kick ball or swimming outside. If your kids STILL aren't interested, you could always get a Wii Fit. lol. Good luck!

    Answer by ErinHill226 at 10:53 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • if you want your fam on board remember you can't make them do anything they don't want to, all you can do is ask them to help you to fulfill your personal needs and wants

    Answer by Liz4Life at 3:11 PM on May. 25, 2011