“You’d better eat an apple!” Did you hear that quite often as a child? And I guess that’s what your kids are hearing from you now, too. It’s absolutely right: children should eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Learning healthy eating habits and regular exercise prevent diseases of modern society, such as obesity, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and tooth decay. But how can we get our kids and us adults to enjoy carrots, bell peppers and the like and do not reach for the bag of chips? The problem is that in most cases the forbidden things taste really good.
It’s OK, instead of you shouldn’t.
Harvard Medical School in Boston has thought about this and developed the “It’s OK” principle. This principle is based on suggesting healthy food to children and, of course, to adults; offering it and making it palatable. It’s not about imposing bans. Prof. Dr. Kurt Widhalm from the Medical University of Vienna also considers disciplinary advice with a raised finger to be an obstacle. “Bad food,” Widhalm says, “doesn’t exist. It about the total diet.” For example, the beloved cutlet does not have to be banished completely. It’s enough if we make the usual side dishes, such as vegetables or salad the main course and add the meat as a delicacy. This also means the cutlet is better metabolized.
The Harvard Medical School principle therefore focuses on the positive. We will show you exactly how this works here in seven steps.
It’s OK to eat all the vegetables you want.
Knock yourself out! If you’re eating a lot of fresh, seasonal vegetables, then you’re doing quite a bit right. The more colourful your dish of vegetables, the better. This means you are supplying your body with many important vitamins and minerals. You can also treat yourself to delicious, juicy fruit. However, vegetables are less sugary, so bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and the like should make up the main part of your diet.
It’s OK to eat good fat.
Fats have been demonized for a long time. There are also good fats and you are welcome to use them for cooking and making salads. Good fats are, for example, oils with polyunsaturated and monunsaturated fatty acids, such as rapeseed or olive oil.