1-Keep it simple! (big surprise there) No crazy fad diets or strict eating plans or avoiding entire food groups etc.
2- Make a meal plan so we can enjoy healthy, yummy, inexpensive meals that are easy to prepare and don’t stress me out. If I want to I can go all out and make something extravagant (and I DO love to do that sometimes!)but those kinds of things won’t be on my go-to meal plan so they don’t become an excuse when I’m tired or sick to order pizza.
3-Eat real, unprocessed food. And make it local and organic as much as I can. (I adore local farms! My favorite one in the Salt Lake area of Utah is Peterson Family Farm and on the leeward side of Oahu is Kahumana Farm.)
4-Make eating out a special occasion that doesn’t happen often and is somewhere we really love and enjoy.
5-Eat together as a family at home. the same meal (no “kids food”). at the same time. At the table with out TV.
6-Eat lots of whole grains, vegetables, fruit. Eat some whole milk, cheese/dairy , eggs and fish. And a little meat. Mainly drink just water and lots of it.
7-Eat sweets and desserts sparingly and when you do eat them make sure they are amazing and don’t feel guilty!
8-Avoid fake food like: shortening, margarine, artificial sweeteners, fast food and most packaged food.
9-Completely avoid, alcohol, coffee, tea (except non-caffeinated types) and soda. (I chose to do this for religious and health reasons)
10-Don’t let food control my life by over eating or always stressing about eating too much, losing weight etc. Enjoy it, be thankful for it and enjoy feeding others.