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Our Values Series: The Healthy Side of Balance, Part Two

My husband Jason and I are authors, fitness coaches, and Co-Founders of Baker Blvd. we have found the “Sweet Spot” between the two extremes of healthy and indulgent and actively share our secrets to all those who are eager to learn the beautiful art of balance.
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In part one of this series, I share with you how to keep that beautiful thing we call balance in check with learning about, planning for, and implementing fitness into your lives. In part two of “Our Values Series: The Healthy Side of Balance,” I elaborate on the healthy side of enjoying food with the same types of advice. Keep it fun, and allot your time accordingly!
Food


Don’t Exclude “Fun!”
My number one recommendation for cooking with a family is to incorporate your family’s help into your cooking! Teaching your children about cooking early on will show them that (1) cooking is an essential skill all people must have, (2) cooking can be fun and relaxing instead of stressful and time consuming, and (3) cooking is their friend, not their foe. This can make cooking for you much more fun, gratifying, and easier, because you have extra helping hands.
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule!
Without proper planning, eating can get chaotic, mismanaged, and bad for you really quickly.
Plan time to learn.
There are an abundance of resources online for you to become not only informed about proper nutrition and cooking, but also a master. Here is a simple list of resources I highly recommend.

NUTRITION
Scan the Mayo Clinic’s Nutrition and Healthy Eating fact sheet. “Healthy-cooking techniques capture the flavor and nutrients of food without extra fat or salt.”
Understand the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) “Enjoy your food, but eat less” one-sheet.
Read the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s “2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
Explore the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.

COOKING
Enlighten your cooking with the American Heart Association’s “How Do I Change Recipes” document on making healthy substitutions.

FOOD SHOPPING
Check out ChooseMyPlate.gov’s “10 Tips: Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits.”

FOOD SAFETY
Learn about proper food safety here.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
Research dietary supplements from the National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements.
Plan time to shop, cook, and eat.

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