This morning a girlfriend phoned me and the two of us had a nice long chat about our health. Both of us have been trying to make a commitment to ourselves to put our health first. We both want to exhibit positive body image to our girls, be active and live long and healthy lives enjoying our kiddos. 2015 is the year for both of us, it’s our year to get healthy.
After we talked about our own health for awhile we started talking about the health of our kids. I firmly believe that all 4 of our children are absolute perfection– they have perfect, strong little bodies, they are filled with energy and they are happy and healthy.
That being said, my weight loss journey has made me start to question if I’ve been giving them the healthiest food options. My kids love carbs, pasta and rice being their favorite. Until recently I was of the mindset that a meal wasn’t complete without a carbohydrate. A healthy lean beef stir fry would be accompanied by rice (often white though we really knew we should be eating brown rice or quinoa). A grilled chicken breast would be served with grilled zucchini and red peppers alongside oven roasted baby potatoes. My delicious homemade spaghetti sauce (though loaded with veggies) would be served atop spaghetti. Dinners with protein and veggies without carbs were few and far between.
Same goes for snacking. If you ask my kids what they would like for a snack their first response would probably be “Can I have a cookie or a piece of Halloween candy?” When I tell them I would like for them to make a smarter decision both of them will ask for fruit… but even fruit adds up in the carb department.
- Researching alternatives to white sugar for cooking and baking.
- Inventing healthier snacking options for the kids and asking other parents what types of health snacks their kids love. (My current favorite thing is to fill small bowls with vegetables and fruit and make a healthy snack “buffet” for my kids).
- Trying to not get frustrated when my kiddos reject something new, but require that they take one tiny nibble or one sip of each thing. I recently heard that it takes the pallet 12 times experiencing a new flavor before you develop a taste for it.
- Re-learning which foods are health and which aren’t. It’s more of a challenge than one would think. Millions of dollars are spent marketing foods as healthy, when really they are often far from it.
- Giving my kids healthy vitamins and supplements to fill in the gaps of what they may be missing from their diet.
Until recently I’ve been stocking up on vitamins for my kids at big box stores. They are usually shaped like my kids’ favorite movie characters and what I didn’t even realize until recently is that the number 1 ingredient in these vitamins is SUGAR!
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