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Kids need all the nourishment they can get to lead an active, healthy life during their most demanding growth stage. As a parent, you cannot sacrifice their nutrition even if it could sometimes lead you to the temptation of abandoning your diet plan altogether. However, that should not be the case.
Instead, you should learn to stick to your diet while keeping up with your parenting duties of providing the most delicious meals for the kids.
Here are some tips for managing both:
1. Have the energy to cook separate meals for you and the kids.
You may be discouraged from cooking different dishes every mealtime, but it is the best option. If you want to stick to your Keto diet while working out, or not eat your children’s leftovers every day, providing your kids with the food they need to grow individually is essential. The food they eat isn’t necessarily the same food you will eat. You will learn to find your way through, cooking enough for you and the kids with practice. Having too many leftovers is why parents find it challenging to stick to their diet while feeding the kids. They almost always end up eating so much because leftover and spoiled food is a waste of money they cannot afford.
2. Teach your kids to eat healthily.
A fool-proof way to stick to your diet habits while cooking for the kids is by teaching them early on the value of eating healthy food. It does not mean you will involve them in the same program. It just means teaching them to make healthier choices early in life. If you can make your kids eat almost the same variety of food required in your diet program, prepping meals will not be too much of a burden for you. You will only have to make a few adjustments to work for everybody. You can always give them treats of their favourite crispy fried chicken or loaded burgers in between to keep their meals as exciting.
3. Involve kids in creating delicious meals.
Apart from teaching your kids to enjoy healthy meals, you must also teach them to create meals while they are young. Start them on age-appropriate lessons in the kitchen, and after a while, you will not have trouble making meals for them. Once they are older and more adept at managing kitchen tasks, they can start helping you with the task until they can do it independently.
Nobody should get in the way of your fitness commitment, including your kids. If cooking meals for them makes it extremely difficult for you to stick to your diet, you must find a way around it, or else your health will suffer. You certainly would not want anything like that. For a start, stick to simple recipes to have enough time to make different dishes for you and your kids. Then, you may introduce a healthy eating routine for your kids until your meals become one, making it much easier for you to juggle your parenting roles and your responsibility to stick to your fitness goals.
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