Healthy Living Tips

The Key Is Moderation

Everything in Moderation lifestyle advice on a notice boardMy daughter would live on macaroni and cheese if I let her. While macaroni and cheese isn’t the healthiest food to eat, it’s important to allow your kids (and yourself) to eat foods they enjoy as long as it’s a part of a balanced meal.

When we go out to eat or eat at home, we allow for wiggle room in the meal. It’s the 80/20 rule. This allows for an attainable goal. By being too rigid, children are more likely to rebel when you aren’t there to police their habits. The 80/20 rule means that 80 percent of everything we eat should be healthy. To make it easier for children to understand this rule, tell them that for every four healthy foods they eat, it is okay to eat one unhealthy food.

For example, if my daughter orders macaroni and cheese at a restaurant, she also orders a piece of grilled chicken and a side salad to go with it rather than just eating a big bowl of macaroni and cheese.

In this example, 4 to 1 ratio:

Chicken + cucumbers +tomatoes + spinach allows for macaroni and cheese.

Sounds easier, right?

Eating a balanced meal is something we have always done at home. Because I have been consistent with this, the children have come to expect a balanced meal and don’t question the guidelines.

So remember, it’s okay to eat foods like pizza and pasta, as long as you eat them in moderation and with other food items that make for a balanced meal.

I hope this is something you consider trying. Once you get into a routine of preparing and ordering meals this way, it will become second nature to you and your family.

  • Posted by  Candice Imwalle
  • Eating Healthy
About the Author

As a working mother with two small children, Candice Imwalle understands the challenge of incorporating healthy eating into daily life. In her job as a medical devices regional manager she encounters patients regularly who suffer from vascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes, most commonly caused by a lifetime of poor food choices. Inspired by her job, and the rising obesity rates for both children and adults in the United States, Imwalle decided to search for children’s books about the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle for her kids to read. The lack of options for this kind of children’s literature motivated Imwalle to write her own book – Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food. With a drive to educate children early, so they make good food choices and have a healthy adult life, Imwalle enlisted the writing help of her daughter Isabella and son Cameron, ages five and eight at the time) to assure the book was fun and interesting to younger readers.

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