Today we’re asking you to take the pledge to take back your kitchen, create a healthy home cooked meal, and enjoy it with the ones you love. The Fresh 20 is excited to join with respected author, Dr. Mark Hyman (we love his new book The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook), for the first global Eat-In.
Dr. Hyman says: Imagine if, just for one day, we all chose to buy only fresh, whole, real, sustainably-raised or harvested food, food that heals both our body and our environment. If we only buy foods without labels, foods that come from nature, and avoid any food made or processed in a factory or altered from its original state. Imagine if we cooked and ate all those meals at home with family and friends (or made them at home and brought them with us to work or school).
His message hits us right where we cook. JOIN US as we make the commitment to Eat-In this Sunday. Sign up here and learn more.
I had the opportunity to attend a food talk with Mark Bittman, writer of all things ‘foodly’. It was to discuss his latest book, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating.
It’s simple really. Eat less meat. He’s not a vegetarian; he’s not dogmatic about healthy food. He just reversed the proportions of what he was eating and discovered it made him a bit healthier. Well, a lot healthier, actually.
I tend to get my rah-rah out when it comes to portions. I’m on the less is more side of the equation. As a whole, Americans consume too much food and I strongly believe over-sized portions are to blame. If you’ve ever bought vintage tableware, you’d notice that the dinner plates are smaller (9″) than their modern versions. Today, eating off a 12” plate is the norm. And the food is piled high.
Socially, we’re led to believe that more=value. Think Costco. (aka ‘buy more, eat more’)
Large portions are everywhere. It bothers me how much restaurants serve. Personally, I can’t even make it through the children’s meal without leftovers. My 4 year old eats more than I do if given the opportunity. He likes to eat. I like that about him but I’m a mom and sometimes I have to pull back the food. Trust me; he’s getting plenty to eat!
Most kids have no problem with starches and will gladly eat a meal comprised of 50% garlic bread. Other kids are meat, no veggies kind of folks. It’s our job to create a better balance. It is possible to create healthier eating habits at the family table.
So what is the right balance?
According to the USDA and the ADA
- ½ vegetables
- ¼ startches/carbs
- ¼ protein/meat
TEN WAYS TO STOP OVER FEEDING
- NO SERVING DISHES ON TABLE. It only encourages over eating.
- EAT LESS MEAT. I know it’s hard to believe, but 1 pound of meat feeds a family of four.
- LEAVE THE TABLE A LITTLE HUNGRY. Your body will train itself to eat less.
- CUT DOWN ON SALT. Studies show that we have a hard time saying no to salty food.
- COOK! When you cook, you can control the portions and the ingredients.
- KEEP IT UNPROCESSED. Fresh, simple ingredients nourish us instead of addict us. This week, try to get rid of 3 processed foods in your kitchen. Start with boxed macaroni!
- EAT MORE VEGETABLES – It’s hard to over eat fresh vegetables. Your stomach will be full long before the calories have exceeded their limit.
- NO SECONDS – I know, sometimes you want to lick the serving dish. Try to refrain from loading up on seconds. Give it ten minutes. If you really want more, limit it to a couple of spoonfuls and not another whole plate.
- USE SMALLER PLATES – Try 9” dinner plates
- GET ORGANIZED! Plan out meals using good vegetable-meat-starch-fat ratios
I’m not talking about anything drastic. It’s possible to combat over feeding and over eating by simply changing a few dinner table habits. If you can think of a good reason not to, I’m open to suggestions. Now, if I could only stop at one chocolate chip cookie!
The Family Food Summit is a free online event featuring interviews with several leading family food experts.
The path to family health and happiness runs through the kitchen and this is your opportunity to get inside tips and advice from some of the thought leaders on feeding our families.
- Catherine McCord of Weelicious will give valuable advice on kids lunch.
- Laurie David author of The Family Dinner will talk about the importance of sitting down together at the table.
- Rachel Hutchins of LA Fuji Mama tells us how to leverage foods from other cultures for maximum health
- Melissa Lanz of The Fresh 20 will provide meal planning tactics for busy parents
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