Fixing Family Meal Patterns*

In what ways does your past impact your present dietary patterns? Your history is special to you. The nourishments you ate as a kid, the habits your family fortified encompassing supper or snack time—even your affinity to eat (or not eat) your vegetables can from various habits that can be traced back to your upbringing. Those family propensities become imbued, and they stick.

Tragically, only one out of every odd parent is a nutritionist. Parents are fighting the clock to manage the hustle from the work commute to the dinner table, and ultimately settle on poor eating decisions that impact the whole family, similarly as you, presently and grown-up, settle on poor eating decisions time to time just for yourself. The dietary patterns of your folks become the standard for you as a tyke, and you may not realize just how much those poor habits impact your diet today.  

Negative dietary patterns are regularly strengthened in youngsters without even batting an eye. This incorporates habits like:

• Eating carelessly before the TV

• Going back for seconds or post-meal snacks

• Eating before heading to sleep

• Drinking soft drinks or sugary juices with your dinners

As a grown-up, you can take a gander at these negative habits and see the impact that they may have had on your life.

The environmental habits that kids grow up with impact an individual’s ability to develop healthy eating patterns later on. As parents, it is important to address those underlying negative habits and make the changes necessary to teach your kids healthier eating strategies than you may have learned as a child. For adults, it is important to look back on those “comfort foods” and other habits that are so ingrained they may not even seem like they are unhealthy. Addressing those habits can help you to make the type of fundamental dietary changes you need to embrace to really improve your diet.   Just as the past has impacted your present; your decisions today will impact your tomorrow. Growing up with undesirable dietary patterns will make acclimating to a more beneficial method for eating progressively troublesome, yet it isn’t unimaginable. Find a way to perceive the negative habits in your very own life that might be ingrained, and think about how you can address those habits presently to set yourself up for a more beneficial future. Rolling out sound improvements to the manner in which your family looks at food can enable you to accomplish your weight loss goals, and can help set the next generation up for a more healthy relationship with food.  

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.