Every family is different, and so is the way each family eats. The one commonality is the passing on of family traditions and ways of eating. Some families rely on hunting, fishing, and planting their own foods while others rely on the grocery store for their nourishment needs; however, all families have the resources necessary to create healthy meals.
ChooseMyPlate.gov is one of the best resources available for the creation of healthy, proportioned meals for families. The goal of the site is to influence a healthy eating style and build it throughout the lifetime. To build healthy eating habits, it’s important to focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
Consideration of the five food groups is imperative when eating healthily. Fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy all work together to create a healthy, balanced diet when eaten in the correct caloric intake for your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. The correct intake for your body can be calculated on the ChooseMyPlate.gov website.
Another perk to healthy eating is the lower risk of being overweight or obese and the reduced risk for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Everything you eat and drink matters.
A quick start to small changes contributing to a healthier lifestyle includes filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables with a focus on whole fruits and varied vegetables. Other small changes include trading half of your grains for whole grains, moving to low-fat or fat-free dairy, varying the protein routine, and eating and drinking the right amount for you based on your sex, weight, height, and physical activity level.
Though there are many factors to consider in healthy eating, sites like ChooseMyPlate.gov help in calculating the appropriate amount of each of the five food groups for each member of your family. All changes can be taken in small steps rather than swapped to all at once, and the steps listed previously are good places to start.