Is it time to make some positive changes?
The following challenges from Dr. Julie Wei will help you get started:
Having a well-planned shopping trip will help your family stick to a healthy eating plan. Dr. Julie Wei has created a challenge that will help you clean out your pantry and revamp your shopping list.
Most kids don’t drink enough water. Even though water is nature’s perfect beverage, they often drink mostly sugar sweetened beverages instead of water. Once addicted to sugary drinks, kids won’t likely switch back to water on their own. Take on this challenge to increase the amount water you and your kids consume.
It’s not just what kids are eating and drinking that causes reflux, it’s also how late at night they are drinking and eating. At home, Dr. Julie Wei’s mantra is “the kitchen is closed by 7pm” (or at least 1.5 hours before bedtime). Take on this challenge at your home too!
One favorite childhood memory is of the first time my mother took me to a steakhouse in Taipei. It was a big deal. I wore a fancy dress, and just the two of us went out to dinner together. I remember looking for the chopsticks and my mother's patient smile as she introduced me to the fork and knife instead. I remember the white linens on the table, and the waiter dressed in black and white serving us. I will never forget that at the end of the meal, my mother ordered ice cream instead of cake as a special dessert just for me. This was a rare treat! Until this day, whenever my husband is busy, my daughter and I enjoy the same tradition with a "mommy and daughter dinner date." She typically requests that we go to Blue Koi, a fabulous restaurant owned by our dearest friends who are also from Taiwan. She enjoys her favorite "Crispy Tofu with Awesome Sauce" and pan-fried potstickers!
As I reminisce about my Taiwanese childhood, there are countless happy memories of my parents cooking together in the kitchen. I remember our favorite meals, and the special healing foods to help us get well when we were sick. Food has always been so important to me because I realize it was more than just food—it was a way of expressing our love for one another. I know now that the reason I obsess about what I make for dinner, which restaurants to eat at while on vacation, and how to plan a wonderful meal for guests, is because this is my way of sharing my feelings for my friends and family.
—Excerpt from A Healthier Wei