How are you spring cleaning your and your family's eating habits?

@mimpi1911 (25475)
India
April 22, 2010 4:14am CST
I have already cut heavily on junk food and concentrating more on the seasonal fruits and veggies. I hardly take any dessert these days and have strongly asked my parents not to at it either. My mother has grown a small garden in our country house and they are enjoying the benefits of it. She also buys from nature fresh market. I am trying to give up on my frozen food habit also. I am sure you all are doing your bit. It would be great if you share some tips here. So, how are you cleaning your family's food habit?
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@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
22 Apr 10
Hi mimpi! Very Good post! You have initiated a very healthy step towards maintaining your health and it is also said 'Health is wealth'. I also feel that junk food like burgers, pizzas and Sandwiches (full of mayonnaise and cheese slices/cream) are unhealthy for us and so are the so called 'refreshing' cold drinks. If you are able to cut on these things, then you can very well check your health. It is really good that you are able to have your own farm fresh vegetables (and may be fruits). I also avoid eating burgers etc. and instead of white (refined flour bread), I prefer to have 'brown wheat bread'. I also take ice cream or cold drinks very rarely. I prefer to have roasted snacks and savories, if I feel like, instead of 'fried' ones. Now a days, we have included in our Salad - sprouted pulses/whole green pulse/grams and we relish taking that. These sprouted grams are fat free and help cleanse our digestive system. I try to take less food at dinner time so that the food could be digestive before I go to sleep. Have a great day! Deepak
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
Great to know that. I think you are doing it all right and since the children develop our food habit it's sooner the better. I used to hate vegetables as a kid but now I just love it. My mom has some great recipes for which I can even skip the meat or egg. I never quite liked the fish. But fish is very good for heat! Half the junks lie on the burghers, rolls, hot dogs, pizzas and here especially with little concept of brown bread we must just exclude these. The other day we fond out that a reputed brand here is selling colored white bread as brown bread! Can you beat it!
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@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
22 Apr 10
Very true, these so called burgers filled with fried potato 'tikki' or grilled chicken and pizzas full of creamy cheese are really dangerous. Actually, anything made of 'refined flour' (Maida) is harmful for our digestive system and you will find that most of the snacks and savories are made of 'refined flour'. I also do not reject any cooked vegetable to eat, because it is we, who buy vegetables and we ensure that we buy only those vegetables, which we (all) can eat. When we go to the market, we find choices are limited and we need to make do with available stuff (seasonal and non-seasonal vegetables). Moreover, vegetables are quite expensive now a days, therefore, I eat every kind of vegetable and don't refuse ever. As a kid, you are right, it was different story, we knew that if we are not going to eat any veggie, our parents (read mother) will surely give us some alternate choice, which now a days does not become possible. I am shocked to read that a reputed brand of bakery/bread company coloring the humble bread and making it brown, it is really scary. Here in our city, we have four or five company, which offer wheat bread,brown bread, wheat and brown bread and multi-grain bread. We keep changing our bread from wheat to brown to multi-grain. The taste of 'wheat' or 'brown' bread also differs from 'white bread', so a distinction about its genuineness could be made.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
We really need to be wise while shopping. I have seen my mother always shopping from farm fresh local markets. She hardly goes for frozen or packed food. We sisters love nuggets and sausages and most of the times go for frozen ones. Now, though, I have cut down on it I cannot resist the temptation at times. And lot of fish are being cooked n our house daily. I have converted my mom to use little oil and not to fry them deep. I threat her not to eat it if she does. That's the only effective way I can really make her use less oil. And I think being really aware helps you deal with the dilemma of choosing the right kind of food. There is actually no substitute to vegetables and fruits these days.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
22 Apr 10
Hi Mimpi! This is no real problem for me because I am the sole person in charge of preparing the food and I have always been cautious in not preparing too much fried food , junk food etc..,[One samosa, Bhelpuri are not included here.] It is very hot here and hte occasiona samosa or vada paav or bhel puri would not do us any harm.The members of my family[poor things ] eat whatever I prepare . The only tip I can share is that the people who eat must not be great food lovers or who indulge their palates heavily.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
Yes! you have the key to a healthy family and doing it quite well. Today only I saw one family where all the family members were obese. Obviously, the key to kitchen is controlled by someone not really conscious. In olden days, prosperity was directly proportional to health. The more fat you were - the more affluent you seemed to be! And this is still there in many families.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
22 Apr 10
But, despite my caution I seem to be getting fat.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
You fat??? Can't be possible!
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Apr 10
I try to serve healthy food and then I listen to Naomi whine about it...
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
LOL..you should have listened to her!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Apr 10
I can't help but listen to her. She won't STOP!
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
No wonder you go counting for the geese, turkeys, gobbles...
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22 Apr 10
when the spring is come I give to my children all the fruits and vegetables fresh is come in on the garden.I live to the contry and that is very izy to me to do this.Also I give ti them milk 100% cow and fresh cheese but the meat I let them izy a while.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
Hi Nelutza ! Welcome to mylot! I think you are doing a great job. Nothing like farm fresh vegetables and fruits. Pure cow milk is great for the kids if not for the grown ups. I think you are lucky to live in the country side.
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
22 Apr 10
Hey mimpi! I have already started my spring cleaning and still have about half of it left! Once I get it finished I will be so happy! I need to do a little bit of painting and now that the weather is getting warmer I would really like to get that done too and then start putting up the pictures that I took down almost two Summers ago! I had bought some new ones so I can't wait to see how the will look! As for my diet, I haven't really changed it yet! The Summer fruits are just coming out here so little by little I am starting to have the melons and other Summer fruits that I like! But, with Summer comes ice cream! I also have to get back into eating Yogurt again! I'm sure it will take some time to change my diet to the Summer food, but as soon as it get's too hot for cooking, I know that I will want to not eat much because I won't feel like it! Eating salads and eating light is my Summer diet!lol
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
23 Apr 10
Yogurt sounds great and do you get yogurt cream there? It's yummy! But, I have virtually stopped on my ice cram diet. But choc'lates I have never been able to get rid off. I am loving veggies now and some fruits I really like much. I just hope you do great on your spring cleaning and happy doing so.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
22 Apr 10
my in-laws stay with us and they both siffer from hypertension,so our eaating habits are also modified according to their taste,so our major chunk of food consists of low salt,veggies annnd fruits and not to forget salads.i do sometimes snack on biscuits and sweets but not very frequen.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
I think I know your eating habit and that shows. You are heathily slim. I have to eat biscuits and cookies when I just cannot bear the hunger in office but trying hard to reduce on it. Luckily I do not have a sweet tooth like my sister.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
22 Apr 10
I'm on a self imposed health food diet, which ensures that i eat a lot of vegetables, eggs, fish and of course fruits. I'm not much into eating junk food these days, so hardly keep any of it home. On the other hand my nephew has gotten into a lot of junk food, and as much as i keep advising him on the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits, it's taking its time to take effect. I suppose perseverence and constantly educating him should work.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Apr 10
The kids have never really liked vegetables. May be cooking them in different ways would help. Even I never liked vegetables as a kid. But amazingly now, I love it! Good for me. I am not on diet but I consciously avoid ice creams, mayonnaise, creams, fried food. But I have to exercise to keep my posture OK.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
24 Apr 10
The most important way that I am cleaning up our family's eating habits is that I am simply not buying junk food for us to eat. I'm buying a lot of vegetables to make for full family meals and just supplimenting them with some protein and starch, but not so much sweets. Though right now a lot of our vegetables are flash frozen, I've taken to buying a lot of fresh fruits for my children and myself to have as snacks. They love this too and I know that the benefits will be throughout their lives, not just right now.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
24 Apr 10
My husband and I were discussing this very topic a couple of days ago. We would both like to lose a few kilos and we decided that our diet is not too bad we just need to cut back on the in between meal junk snacks and get off our butts to do some exercise, I’ve decided to dance. Our daughter is a fussy eater and refuses all vegetables so she drinks fruit and veg juice with fibre added to it and eat plenty of fruit; not ideal but we cannot force her to eat what she doesn’t like. What you are doing is great and we will be taking a leaf out of your book I think.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 10
Well Mimpi I love the warmer Weather as I can have my Salads I love my Salads and I do sometimes have them in the Winter, but not often I also like my Yoghurt's so if I feel like a Snack I will have one of them
@SViswan (12071)
• India
23 Apr 10
We've been eating healthy for quite a few years now. But recently, after we started homechooling, my older son started putting on weight. He has reduced the amount of rice he has and is back to normal now. My husband also has a tendency to put on weight easily. He had managed to reduce by limiting his servings. But once he reduced, he went back and increased it again. He's trying to reduce again. The one in the family who really needs a spring clean is the little one. He loves junk food...throws a tantrum if he doesn't get one and refuses to eat veggies (fruits,...don't even mention it). I've tried everything...from refusing to give him anything else but healthy food....to letting him choose what he wants...to bribes! Nothing works and he is quite stubborn. My older son and I love fruits and fresh salads...but hubby darling isn't used to eating fruit and 'forgets' to buy it when he is shopping.
@Hatley (164231)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Apr 10
mimpi according to the latest information on frozen foods like veggies and fruits they are most of the time picked while really fresh, flash frozen and sent to the markets while a lot of so c alled fresh produce is shipped accross several states and maybe in a warehouse for a time before landing on your grocery shelves,unless you have some farmers markets where produce is brought in fresh daily. I do not hesitate to buy or eat frozen veggies or fruits either. now i am here and cannot cook for myself or buy my own food. So now I am only responsible for not eating or eating what is put on my plate. often I do not eat some things that are not good for my diabetic self.