International Day of Families 2020: 5 tips to ensure a healthy, balanced diet for your family& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- The International Day for Families is observed on the 15th of May, every year
- This year, we have realised the importance of a healthy, balanced diet for all, as we battle the coronavirus pandemic
- Here are some tips to ensure a healthy, balanced diet for your family for their overall health and well-being
New Delhi: The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May, every year. The day celebrates the importance the international community attaches to families. Our families are undoubtedly our most priced possession, and taking care of their health and wellbeing is our top priority, especially in testing times like these. Parents and caretakers, especially, are overly concerned about the diet of children and old people in the family, as it plays a major role in boosting immunity and keeping the risk of diseases away.
A healthy, balanced diet, along with regular exercise and mindfulness have always been recommended as a healthy way of living, and it is no different in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Certain deficiencies like Vitamin D have been linked with a higher risk of COVID-19 complications, which emphasises even more on the importance of a balanced diet for your family. Here are 5 tips by which you can ensure your family eats healthily and includes all the required nutrients in their meals.
5 tips to ensure a healthy, balanced diet for your family
- Include vitamins – As mentioned, vitamins play a very important role in keeping us healthy and warding off diseases. Two most important vitamins for immunity are vitamin D, and vitamin C. You must try to include foods rich in vitamins in your family’s diet. This can be done by including fresh fruits in breakfast or as mid-day snacks, and ensuring that everyone spends some time in the sun to get their daily dose of vitamin D. Dairy products should be included in the diet of children especially, to provide them with their daily requirement of vitamin D. Fatty fish are also a food-based source of vitamin D.
- Proteins on the plate– Proteins are the building blocks of tissues, and play a major role in growth and healing. Therefore, protein is of utmost importance for all age groups, but especially kids and older people. Eggs, pulses, and meat are a great source of protein and should be added to your family’s diet.
- Say yes to healthy fats – All of us have become so healthy conscious at this time point that we have started to cut off anything that says “fat” from our diet. While processed fats and fats from unhealthy food sources are a strict no-no for any age group, you must say yes to healthy fats in your diet. This help provides your body with essential nutrients, and also ensure a curbed appetite to avoid over-eating. Sources of healthy fats include ghee, cheese, etc.
- Dietary fibre – Dietary fibre acts as a catalyst for digestion, and helps your body digest food easily and in a better way, ensuring that all nutrients from the food are absorbed in your system. You must try to include fibrous foods in your family’s diet. Fruits and vegetables, and whole grains are a great way to introduce fibre in your diet.
- A little exercise is must – Apart from a healthy diet, a little exercise is extremely important to ensure the overall health of your family. During this lockdown, you can introduce family workouts. Make them fun and sustainable by incorporating some games like passing the ball, and fun music.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.
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