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How to be a Meadow Gold Mom

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Taking care of a family is a demanding job. Keeping kids eating healthy and helping them make their own healthy choices can be a huge challenge.

But moms need to take time to focus on their own healthy eating habits too. Here are some tips and time savers to maintaining a healthy diet and staying healthy.

  • Keep a food diary. It will help you see where you tend to make unhealthy food choices. Then you can make a plan to correct them.

  • Eat every three hours or so to ward off the temptation to binge or grab the closest fast food meal to satisfy your hunger. The hungrier you are before a meal, the more likely you are to overeat.

  • Carry a "snack bag" in your purse with healthy things to munch on, like carrot sticks, pretzels, etc. Or, take a mini-cooler bag to work and keep snacks such as yogurt, cottage cheese and single-serving bottles of milk on hand for when the munchies hit. This will help you avoid the vending machine and other junk-food choices.

  • At mealtime, have a glass of milk instead of caffeinated tea or sugary soft drinks to help meet your calcium needs for the day.

  • Substitute low-fat yogurt or sour cream in recipes that call for heavy cream or mayonnaise. This adds flavor and cuts fat and calories.

  • Low-fat dairy products can reduce fat and calories in desserts like pudding, cheesecake, cakes and cookies. Just use yogurt or sour cream in place of butter and/or shortening for a lighter texture and creamier, tangier taste.

  • Even 15 or 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day can help relieve stress and provide much-needed "alone" time.


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