The Consistent Reality!

by Dana Snook on December 3, 2013

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The Consistent Reality


by Dana Snook, RDN, CDE, CIC

The holidays bring a great opportunity to catch up and have some great conversations with family and friends. Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to do just that and with each conversation, although led by a different topic always came back to the theme of consistency.  As I sat down to write today, the word consistency just kept coming up for me. Consistency, hmm, what am I wanting from that? It led me to google the definition of consistency. Here’s what it said, “the conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.” Conformity for the sake of fairness really struck a cord with me and especially in relationship to exercise and nutrition for the family.

I had never thought about it in terms of fairness before, but I think it is the key to making life long changes for the family, especially as we enter the holiday season.

So many times the true nutrition struggles in families come from the lack of consistency in our diets and the inconsistent message!! You follow a diet for 6 weeks only to give up and gain all the weight back…not consistent! You start exercising everyday for 2 weeks only to let life get in your way and you stop…not consistent! You start trying to “get” your children healthy and eating better only to give up after a few tries because you aren’t seeing immediate results…inconsistency.  Is any of this fair to you or your family?

That’s easy…NO!

It’s time to find consistency, a good balance that will work for you and your family. Without the consistency you won’t see change. You will not see picky eating get better, you will not see weight loss, and exercise will not get easier!

If you are ready to start getting consistent, then follow these three steps to begin getting consistency in your family:

1. Eat and serve consistent meals

Feed yourself and your family every 3-4 hours. Allow the food to be served on the table and allow everyone to pick and choose from what is served. At breakfast, lunch and dinner serve at least 2 starches (bread and one other such as rice, potatoes, pasta), 1 protein, and 1 fat. At snack time served at least 1 starch and 1 protein. By serving consistent meals and snacks you allow the entire family to come to the table and hungry and fill up on good tasting food.

2. Provide a consistent message

Every meal whether you are serving a family or yourself should be consistent message of good tasting food you can enjoy. For children, I encourage parents to repeat this statement at each meal, “Today for X meal we will be having X, Y, Z and you can eat anything your want and you do not have to eat anything you don’t want, but when you get up from the table you should be full because you won’t eat again until X time.” Providing this consistent message to yourself and your children will allow everyone to feel in charge of their eating and allow them to sneak up on new foods.

3. Consistent Enjoyable Activity

You’ll notice I like to use the term “activity” because I don’t know using the term exercise with everyone (especially children) is helpful. Children love to play, run and be creative, but getting on a treadmill is usually not a fun activity for most. For adults, gardening, skiing, cleaning  are all forms of activity that can burn calories without having to join the gym so give yourselves credit for that. Get up and get moving consistently doing something you love and don’t give up until you find something you love doing. Consistent activity can lead to getting stronger, feeling better and even may lead to inches lost.

So as you read this I hope it brings something up for you. Be fair to you and your family and avoid the pitfalls that come with inconsistencies.  Don’t accept it anymore!

Have a Fabulous Day!




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