What steps do you take to help your family live a healthy life?

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`Sade - posted on 08/13/2010

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Fruits and vegetables is the best way to go. Also ensure that each member of the family takes at least 1 litre of water daily. Squeezed sliced lime mixed with warm water in a glass is a good purifier first thing in the morning. All these have helped and kept me and my family going strong..

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All 3 of my girls get a kids vitamin every morning to start each day with there breakfast ;) we are a vegetarian family ♥ we are very very active as well my girls have been doing things such as yoga since the age of 2, they have bikes, scooters and roller blades. We hike, swim and go bug/animal searching. /giggles I love being healthy but more important teaching the little ones to grow and be healthy so that they may pass that on is a joy I love to share each and every day.
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Christy - posted on 08/12/2010

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We eat organic foods, traded regular hamburger for buffalo and yak. The only thing we eat processed is what we buy at the Natural Food Store. I choose not to buy a second car and walk wherever I need to go. My children enjoy the walks as well. We do not eat McDonalds or other fast food restaurants. I pack my childs lunch for school. We do not drink pop, but buy gallons of water processed through reverse osmosis. We do not eat anything with high fructose corn syrup in it. I had my last baby right before winter and lost 90% of my baby weight on my diet alone. It was the best thing we ever did for our family and we feel MUCH healthier and when we have an oops and stray from our diet, we are all sick and sluggish. It is not just the fruits and veggies, but make sure they are organic. Otherwise you will be eating pesicides, round up, etc and it will just be a waste :)

Samantha - posted on 08/11/2010

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Every night I put my daughter in a stroller and take her for a walk. It usually lasts from 30-45 minutes long and i do it at night like 8pm when its not so hott outside.

Monica - posted on 08/07/2010

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I buy fresh fruits and veggies... We really work on portion control.. and teaching the kids what a serving size for their age is..Teaching the older two(13 &11) boys was a major challenge in the begining.. but now they look at the package or ask.. Also my kids take their lunch to school everyday.

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Stacey - posted on 09/15/2010

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I keep healthy snacks in the house so that the kids will grab a piece of fruit or granola bar instead of sweets. So far it has been working! It is hard sometimes bc we are on the go most of the week with football and soccer, but I think we have a good balance going so far! We all get plenty of exercise also. :o)

Bailey - posted on 09/15/2010

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I don't buy processed foods. I give my kids fresh fruits and / or veggies with every meal and snack. I read labels, and I don't buy anything that contains high fructose corn syrup. It's hard because it's in a lot of foods, but it's getting better as more people become aware, and demand healthier choices. I only use RBGH free milk. I try to stay away from anything GM, which means I pretty much do not buy anything with corn or soy in the ingredients since these products are most likely to be genetically modified. We try to buy our meat from local and trusted sources only, but I still purchase chicken from the store. I serve whole grains, and try to stay away from products that contain bleached flour. I only buy 100% juice for my kids - nothing with added sugar. We don't drink or cook with tap water, and no one in my family uses toothpaste that contains fluoride. We try to stay away from the doctor's office, and Rx medications, opting instead for homeopathic remedies and essential oils. My older 2 kids have only been on an Rx medication once in their lives, none for the other 2 kids, but I would give them the medicine if they truly needed it such as for a bacterial infection or something. We take nutritional supplements from a company called RGardens (their products are excellent). We also take XPC which keeps us from getting sick. You can find this product in the supplement Epicor, but since that is expensive, we just take the yeast. We drink structured water. I usually drink at least 2 liters of it per day. There are a lot of things that we do to protect our health, and the health of our children (we have 4 children ages 3 and under, and I am expecting another in March). Health is very important to us.

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Amy - posted on 08/18/2010

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I think that it comes down to us as the people who run the house. Start with only buying good for you snacks in larg amounts. Make your own sweets so you know what is going into them. Buy lots of fresh foods. I know that is more expensive but if you stick to the things that are in season it should be more affordible. And every one says excersise which is exactly what we all need I agree. I think that going for walks with the whole family is a good idea and leave all but one cell phone at home and don't answer than one that way there isn't all of those distractions at like at home. And have good conversation or sing songs and play with each other run chase just be silly. If you want to start with baby steps just get rid of all the soda in the house. If you eat caned veggies drain them before you cook them and add salt and butter to your liking that way again you are in more control.

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Daily multi and fish oil supplements; no soda or junk food except on family movie night; no video games or cable; regular exercise; regular family time as well as one on one time; and NEVER leave the house or go to bed without a hug! p.s. a strong spiritual life is very important!

Bridgette - posted on 08/17/2010

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I started using NONTOXIC and BIODEGRADABLE cleaners and personal care items. I do independent marketing for the company so to comply with CoM rules I won't post the name. But you are welcome to ask me what they are!)

Also, I started marketing for another company and I earn free groceries and cash. I use this to buy more organic and natural foods. Otherwise we couldn't afford organic on my husband's salary.

Tera - posted on 08/17/2010

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Minty Peas
Saute 2 cups frozen peas in 2 teaspoons olive oil on medium for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, and a dash of salt and pepper
Crinkly Carrot Fries
Slice 1 pound of carrots into 1/2-inch-wide sticks using a crinkle cutter. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft, on a parchment paper-lined pan.
Mini Vegetable Cakes
Combine half an 8-1/2-ounce package corn-muffin mix with 1 egg white and 3 tablespoons water. Stir in 3/4 cup shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup chopped canned beets. Drop batter by the tablespoon into 2 tablespoons hot canola oil. Cook 2 minutes; turn and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, until browned.
Roasted Veggie Medley
Mix 1/2 pound of tiny potatoes, quartered, and 1 cup small butternut squash pieces. Toss with 2 tablespoons each balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil; roast, uncovered, at 425 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Add red bell pepper pieces and roast 10 minutes more, or until tender. Garnish with 1 tablespoon fresh thyme.
Pumpkin-Peanut Butter Soup
Cook 1/2 cup chopped onion in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil on medium for 4 minutes, or until tender. Stir in a 15-ounce can pumpkin puree, 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 teaspoon curry powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; heat through. Swirl plain yogurt on top of each bowl.
Breaded Asparagus
Dip 8 ounces trimmed asparagus spears first in all-purpose flour, then in beaten egg, and then in panko bread crumbs. Drizzle asparagus with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake in a single layer at 450 degrees F. for 10 minutes, or until golden. Serve with honey-mustard dip.

Teriyaki Green Beans
Cook 3 cups (24 ounces) frozen whole green beans according to package directions. Drain and toss with 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 2 tablespoons light teriyaki sauce, and 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds.
Butterfly Salad
Use a small cookie cutter or scissors to cut a butterfly shape from firm whole wheat bread. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil; toast for 2 minutes, or until crisp. Divide 4 cups torn lettuce, 1 cup halved seedless grapes, and butterfly croutons among plates. Offer dressing on the side.
Honey-Glazed Carrots
Boil 1/2 pound of peeled baby carrots in lightly salted water for 5 minutes; drain. In same pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter on medium; stir in 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Boil 1 minute while stirring. Fold in carrots and 1 tablespoon Italian parsley.
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash
Place half of a 2-1/2-pound de-seeded spaghetti squash, cut side down, in a baking dish with 2 tablespoons water; cover with wax paper. Microwave on high for 10 to 12 minutes, or until tender. Let cool slightly, then scrape strands from squash. Toss with 1 cup pasta sauce and 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese.
Cauliflower "Popcorn"
Toss 3 cups small cauliflower florets with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast at 450 degrees F., uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.
Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Boil 12 ounces of brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved, in lightly salted water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, saute 2 slices turkey bacon in 1 tablespoon canola oil on medium-high heat. Remove the bacon and crumble. Add cooked brussels sprouts to the skillet; cook 2 minutes. Stir in bacon, salt, and pepper until heated. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar before serving.
Curried Acorn Squash
Place 1 pound of acorn squash wedges in a covered dish with 1 tablespoon water. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix 1/4 cup reduced-sugar apricot preserves, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon apricot mixture over squash and bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more, or until tender.
Citrusy Edamame
Cook 2 cups fresh or frozen shelled edamame according to the package directions; drain. Toss with 1 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, 1/4 teaspoon dried dillweed, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Greek Stuffed Mushrooms
Bake 12 mushroom caps, with the smooth side up, at 425 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Saute 1/2 cup chopped mushroom stems along with minced garlic in hot olive oil on medium heat until tender. Remove from stove; stir in 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs, 1 chopped fresh Roma tomato, and 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese. Fill caps with mixture and bake for 8 to 10 minutes more.

Janet - posted on 08/17/2010

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We buy fresh fruits and in the summer we enjoy garden fresh vegetable.I never fry unless I use cooking spray,no salt ,and we drink alot of water not pop.My husband works out , Melissa isalways busy and Beky isin marhing band,they are running around the track 6 times before doing their drill.

JB - posted on 08/17/2010

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This is multi tiered answer: a) food is a must - healthier snacks and meals. hard to do with all that is out there. Vitamins; 2) use healthier products in my home for cleaning -- gotta get those toxic chems out of the house

Deborah - posted on 08/17/2010

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My four year old was sick it seemed like every week, for three years. In December I started drinking MonaVie each day and giving it to her as well. She has not been sick since!!! I have a ton of people I know who MonaVie has helped. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32... on face book to check out a few more true stories. Two ounces in the morning and two at night is like having the equivalent of 13 servings of fruit. If you would like more info my phone number is there as well. Good Luck!

Heather - posted on 08/16/2010

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Oh and we don't get have TV, We have movies, but we haven't hooked up our television set to get any TV.

Heather - posted on 08/16/2010

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If i do or don't do it, my daughter will.
I limit my Junk food, and I like to takes walks with my daughter and dog. I find that my daughter also likes to try and do excercises with me, like yoga.

Soleil - posted on 08/16/2010

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we are never in the house past 10am rain or shine. I cook all meals and snacks, and we all drink water all day. No juice and my 4 year old still drinks breast milk ( in his sippy cup, I pump extra when I'm done nursing my youngest). No video games, limited T.V. lots of books. It's really simple... just live as if those things aren't an option. If you pretend there isn't a drive through, you will make a healthy and yummy meal, if you pretend the T.V. wont work past 10am then it wont. My kids are outside all day, covered in sun screen of course, and never once have they complained about being at the park or pool too much. And on gloomy days, when it's hard to want to go out, we go to Disneyland... you always have fun at Disneyland, no matter the weather, and I bring my pedometer, which shows we usually get between 10,000 and 15,000 steps in!

Maria - posted on 08/16/2010

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I am lucky that my two teenage boys are health buffs! They were introduced to fruits and veggies at a very young age, and although from time to time, they indulge with a slice of pizza or two, at home, they eat organic and healthy foods. We're back to basics when it comes to food groups, not much simple carbs and simple sugars, we still eat burgers that we cook made of turkey and wheat buns. I don't fry, I bake or grill only. I cook mostly poultry and fish, not a lot of red meat.They drink mostly 1% or fat-free milk, no soda. And, my family are usually active. My oldest son is an avid cyclist and got his dad hooked, and so they ride together when my hubby comes home from work, which helps him lose weight. Lol... My youngest son is a Varsity baseball pitcher, so he works out and conditions at off season, and I work out with him at the gym. So, I get my exercise that way. We also like to camp out and hike as a family.

Yunive - posted on 08/16/2010

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its hard speally with the ice cream man passing thru here early but, what I do change the names in some veggies broccoli are baby trees,etc I got my boys this lil plates with 3 divisions so their favor meal is stir fry with shrimp or salmon so you know rice,veggies and fish together and some frozen fruit I always make sure i offer a rainbow food!and exercise I was playing soccer for the summer so what i do we go to the park and the boys run after me or play with ball!!!!

Pam - posted on 08/16/2010

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We "shop the perimeter" of the grocery store. In other words, we focus most of our shopping on buying fresh foods -- produce, fresh baked goods (no preservatives), fresh meats, dairy, eggs, bulk food (dried fruit, nuts, seeds) and only buy a few of the middle-of-the-store things (canned, prepackaged goods). We try to help our kids see healthy foods as snacks, not just junk foods. We also both exercise daily, acting as role models, and encourage the kids to stay active daily!!

Emma - posted on 08/15/2010

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Be a role model! I think my kids respond to seeing me exercise, watching me prepare salads/fruits, and measuring out portions - whether it's snacks, a dressing of some kind, or ingredients in a recipe, I'm a stickler for portion control. My aim is to teach my kids that no food needs to be off-limits, but paying attention to how much and how often we eat all things is important. I talk to my kids about how I feel after I eat different things - energy or fatigue, hyper or calm, happy or mad. We limit sugary foods by having a "treat day" - every Friday we plan a sweet treat together, either making it or splurging on a candy bar of choice. And we play! Sit on the ground, roll a ball - but keep at least one finger on it while you roll it as far from your body as possible. Play follow the leader! Pick themes that encourage movement, like animals or machines. My kids are 5, 6, and 9, so our games are geared to them, of course. If you exercise, invite a kid to join if they're old enough - my 5 yr old started kicking, punching, and getting funky with me to DVD workouts about a year ago, along with his big sisters :). Now if only all that worked on my husband... LOL

Alicia - posted on 08/15/2010

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Hide the veggies in other foods! I like to blend up Spaghetti squash and add it to mac n cheese! Homemade not kraft. I buy a lot of fruit and veggies and every summer I grow my own with help from the kids. I also make exercise fun. I often have the kids take turns running with the dog. She is a border collie so it is great fun for all, and healthy!

Lynn - posted on 08/15/2010

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My 10 year old and I count the number of servings of fresh fruits and veggies we eat every day. We try to eat a variety and at least 5 servings per day. I had to force this at first now she counts herself and will chose and extra fruit or veggie for a snack if she hasn't had her five servings.

Jenny - posted on 08/14/2010

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I try and do a lot, but have some improving to do. I try and make it to the farmers market each week for locally grown fresh produce, and buy organic when I can. We do healthy foods as often as possible, but sometimes on the go, I slip up.

We make an effort to get outdoors several times a week - even just a few minutes in the heat. Otherwise we find things indoors to stay active like play groups.

I also make all of our cleaning products (mostly baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar) so that I don't have to worry about chemical exposure, and can save a lot of money in the process!

Lots of water!! We all usually have a water bottle or glass of water around the house and when we go out... we also limit the intake of sugar found in other drinks. One sugar drink a day, or less (including juices with lots of sugar).

I also found a local dairy farm to get fresh whole milk (since my daughter is still 15 month) and less fat for us, they also have fresh no hormone meat. While red meat is not a staple, I make sure about 1 meal a week is, for those nutrients.

Otherwise, I usually stick to lean meat meals.

I believe that introducing healthy eating habits starts from day 1, so by making sure that we keep a variety of healthy foods,she will grow up liking them, and know how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. (and hopefully it will rub off on my husband too lol)

We also prioritize personal hygiene (baths every night before bed, brush teeth, etc). And we are slowly teaching her responsibility by only playing with one toy at a time & to put them away.

Also, working on not showing negative emotions (such as anger), but working through things calmly. And being involved with other children.

Desiree - posted on 08/14/2010

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I have been leading my family by example. I am exercising a lot more and eating better. I started a workout program called TurboJam which is amazing and I encourage my daughter to do it with me. I lost 10lbs in the past few weeks and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is trying to exercise more but doesn't know where to start. I am a better mom because of it! If you want more info feel free to send me a message!

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I am a Juice Plus rep, I educate kids on foods and what it does for your body. If you eat proecessed foods, then your body will feel "Sluggish" Real foods make you feel "Ready to Run" Healthy lifestyles takes education about why we eat well, why we excisere our bodies, and why we choose healthy decisions for our life. I have 3 children its an educational process that has big rewards.

Cathy - posted on 08/13/2010

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We encourage everyone to get out and play -- lots of outdoor summertime games!

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2010

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We excercise, even if its just a walk around the neighborhood. We always have veggies w/ dinner. Snacks are granol & fruit bars...no junk. I use cloth diapers because disposables have harmful chemicals like dioxin in them. I have also switched stores in order to buy cleaning, bath, and beauty products that contain no chemicals. Its all natural.

Karla - posted on 08/12/2010

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I try to buy only whole or raw foods and make everything (mostly) for scratch. I make all my own baby food and ever breakfast and dinner is homemade. I do buy pre-made bread but I am a label junkie! I check the labels of EVERYTHING before I buy it. If its not made from all natural products then I don't buy it. We don't drink soda, only water and real juices also milk. I have a 9 year old that LOVES things like chicken nuggets and lunchables and ravioli from a can so I buy a small amount of those things for him but I limit it to lunch only and not everyday of the week. He is a kid after all and he is of the age where I know he makes good eating choices 90% of the time so I encourage "unhealthy" things as a reward. He is the type of eater that would choose carrots over chips so I am VERY proud of him! Oh and we never never eat fast food.

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2010

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i just intoduced my 8 yr old daughter to Fruits and veggies...and she is loving it now...and it is healthier...better late than never...

Stacy - posted on 08/11/2010

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try to get up off the couch and be active I cook healthy an if they don't want what Ive cooked then I make them another healthy dish... Try and get them to understand that Junk food is not exceptable to eat for a meal...

Corina - posted on 08/11/2010

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Try to limit the amount of sugar intake as well as offering a variety of nutrious snacks and foods. I like to offer them the option of a different fruit with each meal. Also, I pray with my kids as well as attending regular church services. I want them to have morals and understand that each choice you make in life has a consequence.

Ava - posted on 08/04/2010

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Enrolling your kids in activities and sports is one way. I also like to control the amount of junk/fast food and limit it to once in a while.

Dana - posted on 08/01/2010

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I'm trying hard to cut out processed foods. I don't buy things for the kids with red dye #40 or other added food coloring. My son has Tourette's Syndrome among other things and find that less milk and healthier foods seem to help some.

Petal - posted on 07/30/2010

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We eat only organic produce and the best quality foods. We also ride our bikes alot.

Zita - posted on 07/29/2010

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Try and exercise reguarly, try and teach them that candy etc is a treat not a foodgroup. We use only nontoxic products in our home so our kids know from ayoung age that we do have choices but we need to make the best ones for our health. Good vitamins for all of us. Try and keep fruit and veg in house

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