Success, One Step at a Time

Making changes in your familyís eating habits is best done one step at a time. Dramatic dietary overhauls often cause family stress and last only a short time. In the book Feeding the Kids the authors recommend making one change a week (or on your own timetable), gradually shifting your family taste preferences and habits. The first week they recommend eating what you normally do and simply adding three occasions each day to enjoy fruit.  Itís simple and non-threatening. Over time the healthy foods start to replace the not-so-healthy foods without it being a big deal.  Another approach is to ask your family to look at We Can! Help Our Children Eat Well and Move More Tip Sheet. Invite them to pick one change they feel ready to make.  Work with it until the healthy habit is second nature and then pick a new change.