I’m a mom and step-mom as well as a registered dietitian. When it comes to healthy living, I try to practice what I preach. When I appeared on Chattanooga’s This n That, I gave the ABC viewers my rules for a healthy and family-friendly lifestyle. One suggestion: Keep nutritious foods in the house. Often, my healthy family meals include Malaysian sustainable palm oil. This better-for-you fat is a rich source of vitamin E and beta carotene.
Many of my healthy living tips revolve around making choices. Don’t eat mindlessly. Think about the food you eat, and each bite you take. Don’t keep a lot of junk food in your home. This makes it easier for you and the kids to make healthful choices. It’s also important for parents to be good role models for their kids. You need to lead by example. This includes making better-for-you food choices and being physically active.
When it comes to healthy fats, be sure to avoid trans fats. This is the unhealthy by-product of the hydrogenation process, used to make polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils act more like a saturated fat. Either use butter or a spread made without hydrogenated oils. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is nutritious fat that is commonly used to replace trans fats. You can find it in many products such as the Smart Balance spreads and peanut butters. You can also find it Luna bars and Nutella.
Malaysian sustainable palm oil is nature’s richest source of vitamin E tocotrienols. This nutrient supports our brain health. Red palm oil is also rich in beta carotene. This powerful antioxidant is converted to vitamin A, another essential nutrient. Most of the United States’ palm oil supply comes from Malaysia. Its palm oil industry is a model for sustainable agriculture. The Malaysian palm oil industry is committed to conserving land and protecting wildlife. They also care for the family farmers which tend the oil palm plantations. Many farmers credit the industry for improving their standard of living.
Dr. Felicia D. Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in nutrition and healthful living. She was the host for the reality show, Honey We’re Killing the Kids on TLC. She is the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus 2011). She specializes in integrating behavior modification to influence positive health outcomes. Stoler is the published author of numerous articles on nutrition, exercise, health and wellness.