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The benefits of improving your family’s health don’t stop at a healthier, better-feeling family. As you practice Amy’s easy program, you’ll find your family gathering around the dining-room table more often and seeking out healthy activities to enjoy together. Health will become the platform for a stronger and more closely knit family.
In addition to invaluable sidebars and tips, The 4 Habits of Healthy Families is filled with easy and delicious recipes, sample grocery store lists and a plethora of other suggestions to minimize time and maximize output in the kitchen.
The 4 Habits of Healthy Families offers a generous amount of support from an author who has fought—and beat—obesity in her own family. Amy Hendel is showing the joys and advantages of making health a family affair.
(Originally published as Fat Families, Thin Families by BenBella Books in April 2008.)
By working together, every family can create healthier eating and activity habits. I know because I’ve seen it happen so many times. However, I also know from experience that there is no one-size-fits-all-families solution. Every family is different. Some families are constantly on the go. Others face a lot of conflict about what foods they should eat because some members want to make healthier choices than others. Sometimes one family member has developed a health or weight problem; unfortunately, all too often, this is viewed as an individual problem rather than what it really is—a family problem. Some families make generally healthy choices, but they are hooked on big portions or they completely avoid activity. Sometimes the whole family practically lives on sugar and fat, although the weight effects may not yet be evident with every family member. For some families, all members face similar challenges; most struggle with weight, for example. For others, there are individual considerations such as health conditions or unique lifestyle distinctions (family members who are athletes or vegetarians, who have food allergies, etc.).
For some families, serious medical consequences make it urgent to make changes promptly. For others, the consequences haven’t caught up with them yet.
Your first step toward becoming a Healthy Family for Life is to assess your family’s needs and take a closer look at the realities your family faces: genetics, medical indicators, and habits that could be undercutting your efforts to be healthy.
1 Facing the Facts to Save Your Family 1
2 What Kind of Food Family Are You? 29
3 Eat Like a Cow and Other Easy Ways Your Family Can Become a "Healthy Family for Life" 51
4 The "Yes, No, Maybe So" Food Choice Plan 77
5 Focusing on "Yes" Foods: The Healthy Family Food Superstars 129
6 Healthy Habit #1: Plan Together 157
7 Healthy Habit #2: Prepare Together 197
8 Healthy Habit #3: Portion Together 227
9 Healthy Habit #4: Play Together 253
10 The Right Way (and Wrong Way) to Support Each Other 297
11 Don't Fight the Feelings 315
12 There Are No Perfect Families: The Art of Making Realistic Goals and Helping Your Family 335
13 Secrets for Changing Kids' and Teens' Habits 367
Yes, No, Maybe So Food Choices 405
HFL Recipes 411
Useful Web Sites 465
About the Author 475