Guest post by Samara Postuma, Simplicity in the Suburbs


1. Make it a Family Affair

Include your kids in the grocery list making and shopping. My kids love to feel like they are “in charge” when it comes to adding groceries to the list that we may need and especially love when they are empowered at the store by having options. Even a simple, “can you pick 5 apples that look good?” works.

2. Read labels

When I decided to change some of our eating habits at home I really tried my best to look at labels and if I could not read and/or pronounce what was included, put it back. I also found that there were many foods I could substitute or use instead of the ones chock-full of things like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.

3. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan

Did I mention meal plan? The less planned we are on meals, the less healthy we tend to eat. Planning ahead even if some weeks that means day by day helps us be better prepared and prevents us from hitting the drive thru or just throwing a frozen pizza in.

4. Start

Just start by making small changes. Don’t go out thinking you have to change your entire diet and meal plans to get fresh and healthy. Do it one step, one day at a time. Eliminate some of the less healthy items in your daily diet but don’t eliminate everything because that only leads to resentment and eventual overindulgence.

5. Drink water

This is the hardest one for me because I love me a good Starbucks coffee but all those drinks, sodas, coffees and juices are filling you up and wasting calories. Drink water all day long.

Samara Postuma is a busy mom and stepmom in suburban Minnesota. Follow her on her blog, Simplicity in the Suburbs, where she shares funny and heartwarming stories, pictures of her growing littles, and even runs a guest post series on education. You can also follow Samara on Facebook and Twitter.