Fueling a Healthy Life {and a Giveaway!}

by Cate on November 2, 2015

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So, for the last post in my three-part series with the folks at Milk Life, we’re going to talk about how to fuel a healthy life.

Seems pretty apropos after a weekend Halloween binge, right?

I think my guidelines on how we try to fuel a healthy life in our own home come down to four things:

1 – Be active. Whether it’s sports (soccer, track, dance, and cheer these days) or pursuing other interests (Girl Scouts for Madeline, and a Leaders group for Nick), being active is an integral part of our day to day life. In tandem with their own organized activities, we also do a lot of active things as a family – regular hikes and walks together are a part of our weekly routine. Because it stands to reason, that, hopefully, the more active you are, the healthier you are. And that goes hand in hand with item 2.

2 – Be still. As much as it’s important to be active, it’s perhaps equally important to have downtime. Whether it’s a family movie night, an afternoon where we have purposely said no to anything and everything, or adhering to an earlier bedtime, rest fuels your body just as much as activity and healthy eats do.

3 – All things in moderation. And for this point, I’m referring to food. Chocolate is a part of our life, pure and simple. But it’s a small part. The day starts with oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, banana chocolate chip muffins, or egg white omelets (depending on time or lack thereof), and it’s punctuated by healthy snacks, and a well-balanced dinner. Which means the occasional piece of chocolate or dessert is a-ok. A fact that even the nutrition class that I’m currently taking backs up.

4 – Family time. As Nick gets older, this last item becomes both harder, but more important. He definitely heads off to spend time with his friends, or in his room, but that just means the family time that we DO have is non-negotiable. Dinner as a family is a given. Unless we have plans elsewhere, we eat dinner together at home every single night. We plan activities that the three of us enjoy and connect over (game night, movie night, outdoor activities, and more), and I make a concerted effort to also plan one-on-one time with each of the kids. As Nick entering high school and college looms on the not-too-distant horizon, this has been a huge pull on my heartstrings the past year, so the family time is more important than ever. I’m not going to lie, the thought of him moving out makes me crazy emotional, so I have been really just trying to focus on the every day with him, with both of them.

Now as we wrap up our Milk Life series (you can read parts 1 and 2 here, if you missed them), we have one last giveaway. Once again, two lucky winners will receive a gift card for a month’s worth of free milk. To enter, answer the below question:

How do you provide a healthy lifestyle for your family?

Your comment on this post will count as an entry. Also if you tweet this post, share it on facebook, or send me a snap (cateomalley), you can earn bonus entries. Contest closes this Friday night (11/6) at midnight, EST. Good luck!

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Staci A November 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

We try to stay on a schedule, so our kids get plenty of sleep at night, and we take walks and workout as a family.

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Staci A November 3, 2015 at 9:48 am
Steph November 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

I always include my kids in my cooking. Which creates a giant mess BUT it’s good for them to love to cook so when they grow up they won’t rely on processed junk or restaurants

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Stephanie November 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm

By always keeping healthy snacks for munching. Carrot sticks, “trees” (broccoli!), bananas, etc. And we live in the south near the Gulf so plenty of outdoor time fishing, swimming, etc!

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Stephanie November 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm
manda November 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

I cook and buy my goods organic and unprocessed as possible.

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Meg November 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Love these tips! Being an active family is definitely something we need to work on, but I want to start developing good habits — walking together, especially — now, so my son thinks they’re just the norm when he’s old enough to really get it.

Right now, we focus on being healthy by cooking well together most evenings. My husband and I love vegetables, thankfully, so I’ve focused on making clean meals we both like so we eat well at home, then have healthy (non-fast food!) leftovers for lunch the next day. It’s not always easy with the baby, but we try.
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Ashley November 3, 2015 at 11:33 pm

We eat healthy, and lots of fruits and veggies and take walks

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Deborah November 3, 2015 at 11:34 pm

We eat healthy and organic!

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Erika November 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm

With very active dance kids, and a very busy hubby, the best thing we’ve done for our family is that we’ve become purposeful with our down time. We set aside time once a week to just chill together- usually watching a movie, but we also take that time for seasonal outings- things like visiting an apple orchard or the strawberry patch in the spring. I think if we didn’t spend that time together regularly we would drift apart and become strangers very quickly.

Of course, frequently that time together is spent eating or cooking. My kids are studying world geography this year and the tasty treats they’re choosing to cook from the different countries they are learning about is both delicious AND educational.
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D SCHMIDT November 4, 2015 at 10:07 pm

I try to do so by purchasing organic food, balancing meals and exercising with my kids in one ways like hikes.

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