Brandon (B.A. Kine., R.H.N.) and Tash (B.Sc. Kine, B.Ed.) are the couple that make up Healthfully Married! It was somewhere along their second year of marriage when they realized they had adopted all the habits they swore they never would, including letting their health take a back seat. They decided to get back to their roots and get healthy. That’s when they launched Healthfully Married to help other individuals, couples and families regain control of their health. They believe when you feel your best as individuals, you can show up as your best for each other.

How can couples with children get the school year started off with healthy habits?

Routine, routine, routine. Getting your kids back on a regular sleep schedule is one of the most important things you can do for their health. A well-rested child will feel better prepared to take on the day. Sleep also supports healthy brain development and can help with focus and attention. An easy strategy you can try is to move their bedtime up by 15 minutes each night a week or two before school starts until you’ve reached their regular school night bedtime. You may also want to start waking them up at their regular time for school.

Proper nutrition should also be a part of their everyday routine. If they’ve been enjoying a little more sugar or processed snacks over the summer, September is the perfect time to get back to healthy eating. Preparing a well-balanced lunch box of whole food snacks, healthy fats, protein and lots of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables will keep kids nourished throughout the day.

How can parents encourage kids to try healthy foods?

Get them started young! The younger they begin to enjoy the taste of delicious fruit, nourishing vegetables and real whole foods, the more they will ask for these foods.

It’s important to give your child permission to develop their own palette. Giving them a variety of whole foods to try will allow them to discover what they enjoy and what they don’t. If your child is particularly picky, there are a lot of recipes out there where you can sneak greens and other vegetables into popular favourites like cookies and muffins.

Most importantly, you should lead by example. Kids are always watching so your actions can have a big impact on their relationship with food.

What does it mean to get “too comfortable” after marriage?

Shortly after we were married, we had indulged in a little too much Netflix, wine and nights on the couch. While meeting up with friends one evening and sharing that we had put on some weight and that we were not feeling our best, our friends responded with: “Who cares…you’re married now. It doesn’t matter what you look like.” Why is it expected and accepted to lose yourself and your health simply because there’s a ring on your finger? This leads us to believe that you can get “too comfortable” and we want to help others break the social norms that tell us it’s all downhill after marriage.

Why should people rethink “health after marriage”? What does that mean to the two of you?

Health after marriage is encouraging and supporting each other to continue being the healthiest and best versions of yourselves. In our household, this means:

  • Putting our health first
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Motivating each other to reach our personal goals
  • Making healthy habits a priority
  • Supporting each other’s career and individual goals
  • Being able to show up for each other
  • Trusting each other enough to share when things aren’t working
  • Communicating our changing needs
  • Strategizing new ways to reach our goals

How can couples start to work together to establish a healthy lifestyle?

The most important part in our approach to health is doing it TOGETHER. We’ve learned that the reason most big lifestyle changes don’t stick is a lack of support.

When we work with our clients, both partners need to be on board. We start with a pantry clean out, take you on a grocery store tour, teach you basic principles of meal prep and then create a customized meal plan that is tailored to BOTH your health needs and food preferences. By identifying your individual needs and learning how to meet them together, you can create a home environment that supports the entire family.