Putting your family first isn’t always easy, but it is important. Between our busy schedules and demanding lives, it can sometimes feel impossible to prioritise your family’s health, over everything else. That’s why we’ve put together this short set of guidelines that’ll help you put your family’s health first, by starting where it counts the most – your pantry or grocery cupboard.
It’s not always easy to change things up at home, as there are routines that must be stuck to, and so many different types of people to accommodate for. Our short set of tools will help you transform your grocery cupboard, pantry and meal planning, to help you put your family’s health first.
The 80/20 Rule
Before you outright ban family pizza night, or those after-school treats, let’s remember the 80/20 rule. It’s easily understood: simply commit to following a healthy eating plan 80% of the time, and keep 20% for treats and indulgences. It doesn’t seem so difficult now, does it? You can adopt the same approach for your pantry, and keep those sweets and chocolates for a special occasion, like movie night or a birthday celebration.
A Gradual Change
If you’re planning to move your family towards a healthier eating plan, don’t feel tempted to do it all at once. You’d end up tossing out several food items and groceries, and letting food go to waste is both unnecessary and expensive. Rather, look towards making a gradual change, replacing two unhealthy products with healthier options, every time you shop or pack the cupboards.
Expand Your Spice Rack Selection
Decreasing your family’s salt intake can have huge benefits for everyone’s health. Not only can a reduced salt intake help keep your heart happy, but it can also open up a world of new flavours and tastes for your family to enjoy. Expanding your spice rack selection, and using a variety of herbs and spices, rather than just adding salt when cooking, is a great way to begin transforming your pantry and those family favourite meals. Spices like cinnamon, paprika and cilantro can add a different kick to your meals, and some even help your body move towards better health. For example, did you know that the bright orange spice we know as Turmeric can help with inflammation and is an antioxidant? Turmeric paste – also known as golden paste – can be created and applied, to help decrease swelling or alleviate painful joints.
Stick it To Sugar
Ditching the sugar you take in your tea or coffee every day can be difficult. Many people who stop using sugar in their daily beverages report that the initial withdrawal can lead to headaches and fatigue, but these symptoms most often pass quite quickly. Finding a good replacement can help, so opt for honey next time you need to sweeten your coffee, or replace your sugar jar’s content with Stevia or another natural sweetener. Learning how to interpret food labels is important too, if you’re keen on eliminating sugar from your life, as very often, hidden sugars in food can be labelled as other substances.
Lactose intolerance, or a dairy allergy, can be difficult to manage at first. Thanks to an expanded range of available products in your supermarket though, it’s now not so hard. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, or a dairy allergy, or you’d like to remove dairy products from your pantry, it’s time to explore the alternatives available at your favourite grocery store. Most supermarkets now stock a range of soya milk, almond milk, rice milk, or other non-dairy products. Don’t be shy to experiment – there are new tastes to be explored, every day!
LifeDoc Can Help
LifeDoc™ helps you put your family’s health first. Now available for download as an Android app (with iOS coming soon!), LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, while making it easier to keep track of appointments, schedule those important check-ups and securely store your personal medical history. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.