It is really important to me that my kids eat a healthy diet and think that exercise is fun. This is one of the reasons I decided to make big changes to my eating habits last year. I know one of the best ways to get them to eat healthy is for them to see me doing the same thing.
In the spirit of honesty, because you guys know I like to keep it real, we haven’t always had the healthiest eating habits. Fast food, take out, pizza… you name it and that’s what we were eating. That was one of the reasons that I was so worried when our schedule got so busy a few weeks ago with baseball and softball. I don’t want us to go back to our bad habits.
So what are some of the things I do to be sure my kids eat healthy?
We limit fast food and take out. Whereas before we would go three to four times a week we now go once, sometimes less. Meal planning has helped with this. I do SO much better when I plan out our menu for the week. It helps David help me and it helps all of us eat healthy.
I keep healthy snacks in the house. Fruits, vegetables, yogurt, string cheese, crackers… all things that are easy to grab and the kids like to eat. This changes because something they like one week may not be something they’ll eat the next. Kids. Go figure. I also like to keep things like sugar free popsicles and lower fat ice cream. Those are things that seem indulgent, but are still good for them.
I teach them about “sometimes” foods. In trying to establish a healthy relationship with food for them, I want to be sure that I don’t set them up for an unhealthy relationship with other kinds of foods. It seems to me when you say no to something it immediately becomes more desirable. Examples of “sometimes” food would be when David buys his weekly lottery ticket he picks the kids up some candy, or when on Fridays they get donuts. I’m hoping this helps them see that food isn’t “bad,” but that some things should be limited.
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