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How Get Other People Around You to Eat Healthy

Eating healthy does take some work… and more often than not, a lot of time on your part spent convincing your family and loved ones to join you.  Here are a few tips to help guide you and your loved ones down a healthier food path.

Guide the Eater’s Experience:

Just as grocery stores are laid out to maximize exposure to what they want you to buy, we too, should be doing that at home. Rearrange your snack cupboards to place the healthy foods front-and-center.  Put them on your counter and display them in attractive containers. Make them welcoming.

Some studies have found that when fresh fruits were placed at the front of the school food line and displayed attractively, there was a 40% increase in the sales of fruit. And this… from children.

Make junk food hard to get.

Do your children want soda? Sure, it’s in the garage. Warm.  Or perhaps some chips or snacks for guests? Those are down in the basement or in the cupboards in the garage. Keep the mentality in the household that these are for parties only. Remember, out of sight- out of mind.

Serve it up!

Serve yourself and your children in the kitchen. When you keep serving dishes of food on the dinner table, food intake increases. Think about that. Perhaps a better tactic would be to keep the salad bowl on the dining table while leaving the other foods back in the kitchen.

Introduce new foods gradually, prepared in familiar ways.

Hide the vegetable protein in the spaghetti sauce and slice the raw artichokes into matchsticks just like the carrots.  A veggie burger on the grill is not so different from a hamburger.

Be strategic.

Target the new food introduction to the one most likely to accept it. Feed your best eater first and your worst eater last.  Don’t give a picky eater any influence over the others.

Tips from Brian Wansink, PhD, Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and best-selling author.

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