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Guest blogger Cristin Dillon-Jones: I am a registered dietitian as well as a brand-new mom. I am learning firsthand how hard it can be to continue to eat healthily when you have no hands! In order to be a good mom you have to take care of yourself and set good examples for you kids ... it may be harder to eat healthily when you are busy, but it's worth the effort in the long run. As best you can, make the effort to.

mom cooking with her daughter

Grocery Shop: Stocking your house with healthy food is the key to eating healthy. Try to set aside one morning or afternoon a week to go to the grocery store. It's easiest and most efficient to go to the store with a well crafted list that includes breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner ideas.

Make Meals at Home: Even simple meals like breakfast and lunch are usually healthier when they are consumed at home. When you cook, you control everything that goes in which is good for you and for your kids. Stay simple in order to stay committed to cooking at home!

Take Shortcuts: Sometimes you need an easier, quicker way to do something so take a shortcut once in a while if it helps you stay on track with eating and cooking healthily. Maybe you buy something precut or pre-cooked or you use disposable plates -- shortcuts are okay.

Set a Good Example: Kids' minds are always open, so stay positive when it comes to the task of shopping, cooking and cleaning up even if you are not thrilled about it. It's not the easiest thing to do, but if a child sees you doing it, they are more likely to do it themselves later on in life.

Encourage Your Kids to Learn About Food: Kids will be more likely to eat healthy food if they have had a hand in making it. Encourage your kids to get involved in whichever way is easiest for you. They can go to the store, help in preparation or simply taste anything you are cooking with. If you expose them in a positive way, they will become invested.

Exercise: Just like eating healthily, exercise is harder to do with kids -- but definitely worth it! Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and burn off a little frustration -- no matter how you exercise. Remember that you can do short bouts of exercise throughout the day and it's just as good as one long workout.

Visit registered dietician Cristin Dillon-Jones' blog at Self.com.


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