Q & A: The Best Fat Burning Tip & Kids Eating Healthy?

Q & A: The Best Fat Burning Tip & Kids Eating Healthy?

What’s the #1 tip you’d recommend to burn fat and finally keep it off?

Beware of the company you keep. 

If you keep good food and drink in your fridge, pantry and at the office, you’ll eat good food. When you’re surrounded by temptation, eventually you’ll crumble.

To finally lose the weight and keep it off, might I suggest a Kitchen Makeover (Cassie is awesome at this.EMAIL her for some help). Not a remodel, but a purge of the tempting and weight gaining foods. Most of us have pantries and fridges stocked for an apocalypse. Once you grasp the concept that the foods you keep are sabotaging your success, you’ll begin to ask

  • Buying bulk at Costco: Is it leading to a healthier lifestyle or conveniently adding inches to my family’s waistline? 
  • Why am I really hoarding all this junk food? What’s the relationship and emotional connection? (sounds silly, but try throwing out your favorite food that reminds you of a special time and place and listen to the rationalization going on in your head).

Know this: Once you purge your kitchen and it’s out of the house, the temptation doesn’t magically disappear. You just have to drive to the store to get it.

Here’s a checklist of what to throw out:

  • Anything with added sugar, refined vegetable oils, trans or hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup 
  • Refined processed flours and all processed foods
  • Energy drinks: Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Red Bull, Diet Soda’s
  • Foods with artificial sweeteners – and if you have to ask, yes, throw it out as well.  Here’s a LIST to make you cry

Now this is just a start. You might not want to throw it out because you don’t know what to feed your kids.  Well, that leads me to the next question.

How can I get my kids to eat better?
Isn’t it funny that as adults we wouldn’t dare order off the kids menu because we know what eating that food would do to our bodies?

Isn’t it funny that as kids our parents fed us all the chicken nuggets, pizza, french fries, and sugary drinks without batting an eye. But now as adults, we have strong emotional connections to foods that are loaded with high volumes of sugar, unhealthy fats and salt?

Your kids will learn to eat by observing the relationship you have with food.

Are you always dieting, eating differently than the rest of the family, punishing yourself with extreme diets, and constantly starting and quitting healthy habits?

Or do you experiment with new veggies and fruits, try a variety of ethnic recipes, and eat healthy even if you’re stuck at the airport for 5 hours or at an all day long soccer tournament?

I get it, it’s easy to run through Chick-fil-A after school or let the kids eat off the kids menu. Every once in a while, it’s fun.

But part of parenting is about setting your kids up for success when they leave home. We give them the best education and find the best tutors to help when they struggle. We seek out the best sport programs and private training needed to get a scholarship.

But when it comes to the #1 driver of success – fueling your body to be healthy enough to show up daily to give your best effort – we allow kid menus, convenience and “It’s not worth the fight trying to get them to eat it…” dictate our decisions.

What if giving your kids a better life than you had growing up started with fueling their bodies in a way that doesn’t lead to the Freshman 15 or them seeking out crazy dieting regimens later on in life…would you change your eating habits? 

Brent Gallagher

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