You pester your kids about finishing their milk, eating their veggies, and laying off junk food. You know that good nutrition can mean better health for them now and even into adulthood. Sure, they don't always polish off their asparagus or eat the pear you packed in their lunch. But are you blowing off your own good advice too? The real truth: Many moms fret over their children's eating habits while letting their own slide. Instead, follow your own nutrition wisdom and eat like your kids do (or in some cases, how they should). You'll get healthier, feel better, and probably even lose weight!
By Sally Kuzemchak, RD
Your kids have been asleep for hours—but you're camped out on the couch with Dancing with the Stars and a big bowl of ice cream. "A lot of women use evening eating as a reward or escape from a long day," says Cynthia Sass, RD, author of Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches (HarperOne). "But it only feels good in the moment." Those extra scoops won't seem so great when you can't zip your jeans, so create an after-hours plan. Sass tells clients to find activities that offer that same feeling of relaxation (but don't involve eating)—like scrapbooking while listening to music or taking a long bath. If you can't miss your favorite shows, find something to keep your hands busy while tuning in, such as sorting through the day's mail. Or pre-plan your evening snacks, like 3 cups of low-fat microwave popcorn with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or a cup of frozen raspberries with a dollop of fat-free whipped cream. After you've finished your healthy snack, brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash. Then turn the kitchen lights off to signal the kitchen is "closed" until tomorrow.