New year, fresh start

I always feel the New Year offers a fresh start for everyone.

The Selection boxes are finally finished, the holiday lie-ins are long forgotten, and the school routine is back with a bang.

January can be tough, but it’s also a time to be hopeful and optimistic, and to think about positive changes you could make as a family to your lifestyle.

To reassure you, we are not talking about massive changes here. Just small, manageable changes you could easily focus on – let’s say, between now and the mid-term.

Pick out one of these that you could try with the kids:

  • Switch to lower sugar breakfast cereals most days of the week.
  • Eat healthier snacks most days of the week.
  • Focus on eating more fruit and veg. It might be easier than you think!
  • Make dinner time healthier. If you’ve had a long day, finding the energy to make a healthy meal for the family can be a challenge.
  • Move away from sugary drinks. If these are a feature in your house, just start by having a "water or milk only day". Then a few weeks later go to two days, and so on, until these healthier drinks are your norm. 

the amount of treats kids should eat in a week

Still not sure which one to try? Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  • Pick a good time to start.
  • Involve the kids in the decision and do it together.
  • Make it a priority and stick with it.
  • Tell friends, family and your childcare. You need their help.
  • Be consistent.

If you want to talk to other parents about making a healthy start to 2018, why not join the Make a Start Facebook group hosted by safefood?

Posted: 22/01/2018 13:03:44 by Aileen McGloin
Filed under: Family, Start

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Aileen McGloin
Hi, my name is Aileen McGloin and I am the Communications Manager, Digital & Health, at safefood. I’m a public health nutritionist with a particular interest in food related behaviour. I write many of the scientific reports produced by safefood, look after the work of our Advisory Committee, manage our work on social media and am an occasional blogger. I love books, especially recipe books, fashion, walking, swimming and TV that is so bad it’s good. I live in Co. Wicklow with my husband and 7 year old daughter, from whom I am taking assertiveness lessons :).