"Hi, Mindy! I hope the new year finds you well. I was hoping to get my family into a healthy lifestyle, especially my kids. My husband and I think that living a healthily is a good way to start the year, not to mention a good lifestyle to keep. How do we start? - Carol"
Hello, Carol! Starting your family on a healthy lifestyle is a great way to welcome 2017. Introduce healthy living slowly to your family so that everyone can easily adjust to it. To kick things off, try limiting junk food consumption—like chips and softdrinks—to once a week, progressing into making it just a once-a-month “practice”. As a substitute, go for healthy snacks
like cereals with slices of sweet fruits like mangoes or bananas, as well as fruit juices or shakes. Encouraging an active lifestyle is also a great way to be healthy. You don't necessarily have to hit the gym with your brood; simple outdoor activities
or games done on weekends, such as hopscotch (piko), patintero or biking, are good options not only because you're not stuck in front of the TV or computer but because you're also keeping traditional Pinoy games alive. You may also want to introduce organic foods to the table
(note that organic foods are not just limited to fresh produce). They may be a bit pricey than regular food items, but considering they are untouched by harmful chemicals,