The only thing you can do is take care of yourself and your minor
child who is 17.....you probably don't have much time before she turns 18, so now is the time to make a difference in her world.
How? Well....who does the grocery shopping and cooking in your home? If it is you and only you......buy what you know is healthy to eat, and leave the junkfoods and high cholesterol foods at the grocers. Just change the way you grocery shop, and cook family meals that are heart-healthy!
Will the family bulk and have tantrums? Well.....what family wouldn't! Do you really care as long as you know you are feeding them healthier food? Of course NOT!
Women tend to cater to their loved ones......we call it making our family happy!
I say.....BULLCRAP!!! Grab that 'BULL' by the horns and stomp the 'CRAP' out of it......the 'BULL' being the cholesterol-laden foods that you and your family love to eat.....and the 'CRAP' being the change you make in what you buy for your family to eat.
Exercise: Okay.....get up every morning.....don't like mornings....try noontime or during the day....don't like that schedule....go evenings.....just get up and get moving with the family that wants to participate in the family runs several days a week. Take that 17 year old on some runs with you. Do you give her an option? Well......ask yourself this question to answer that question: Do you want your 17 year old to be healthy or not???
What about the rest of the family? Well.....I've never really known many family members to turn down a well-cooked meal. You don't have to let them watch what you cook....or how you cook it (use pure olive oil to cook when oil is needed....or olive oil spray for just a basting on the pan or veggies even). Make it a rule that when you are in the kitchen cooking, you want NO COMPANY until the meal is on the table. If they ask how you prepared something, say....."You don't know do you".....wink....and keep eating. :chuckle
Exercise and good eating are NOT.....I repeat....NOT....necessarily going to keep you and your family from dying an early death, or even developing heart problems.......there are NO GUARANTEES to anything in life...DEATH is going to visit us all one day......it doesn't need a reason.....it just comes and forces us to leave Earth......many people die of NATURAL CAUSES. HOWEVER.....eating healthier and exercising as a family will mean you did your human best to make your family as healthy as possible, and the rest is in the hands of our fate on earth.
I, myself, HAD high cholesterol. I am now on Zocor. I have ALWAYS eaten healthy.....exercised.....laughed a lot......but my main downfall is "family heart disease"......plus I use to be a MAJOR EATER OF CHEESE....I love cheese.....but I cut my cheese eating waaaaayyyyy down, but not out.
Since I'm allergic to MILK.....I need to get my calcium in other ways, so some cheeses in moderation, orange juice with added calcium in it....other foods with calcium in it.....but I do not take calcium pills....doctor says no for now on that one.
It's not easy to change the way one lives, eats, drinks, or cares for him/herself. Nothing worth having is easy to obtain. So....it will require a lot of discipline on your part to get your family in "ship shape".
As for the kids older than you are legally responsible for now....pray for them.....we moms of older kids have no recourse but to pray for our older younguns. Share with them how much you love them.....why you want to see them eat better, exercise more, and take all around better care of their health because of the genetic tree they have fallen from. Then....let it go. The more you insist they change.....the longer the change will take to occur. Kids......even grown kids.....love to rebel against their MOMS especially. They want MOM to butt out....and let them "die a slower death" on their own. :chuckle :kiss