One of my goals for this year is to learn more about nutrition and separate food facts from food myths. I want to believe that we can age well without gaining weight while enjoying our food. One thing is crystal clear - we need to be very aware of how much sugar we eat including added sugar in condiments and such. One thing that worked really well for us is 10 Day Detox Diet by Dr. Hyman. We just completed another round of it (the third one for me since last summer, the second one for my husband).
Neither of us found these 10 days fun or enjoyable even though we were not hungry. I had terrible headaches for the first two days and did not sleep too well. However, cutting all starches from the diet is incredibly effective as a weight loss tool - I dipped below 120 lbs, and my husband actually went to 162 lbs. The good part about this diet that it does reset your taste buds - eating an apple after 10 years without sugar felt blissful, and we both were happy to get back to coffee :)
Now the challenge is to maintain our weight. One of the commitments that we made is not to snack after dinner, so we have a nice fast between dinner and breakfast. My husband is also increasing his activity level by starting to ride his bike when he goes shopping, and we go for walks at least once a day. We also started to plan our dinners ahead - we all love meat, but we are aiming to reduce the number of meat days to 4 or 5 a week and add fish and vegetarian dishes to our dinner options. It's fun to do when we approach it as a team, and I am fairly confident that we will be able to meet our goals of healthy weight if we put our efforts into that.
What do you do to maintain or get your family to healthy weight?