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Hi Mamas (and dads too)!

After reading Lori's article about healthy eating, I thought it was a perfect start to a conversation. My kids are 8, 6, and 4 and I do everything I can to eat well and feed them well. But it wasn't always that way and I know it can be an overwhelming topic, especially if you might have some changes to make.

So, what I'm wondering is what ARE you doing? Think about your habits at home and then share one good one. I know everyone has one good one. For example, from the very beginning, we almost never had anything to drink in our house but water and milk. My kids don't drink soda and they rarely drink juice other than breakfast OJ from time to time. I figured it was one thing I could do that I knew was "good" and believe me there were times it was the only thing I did right! 

So, in the spirit of celebrating yourself and of sharing ideas to help us move along the path of wellness, share one thing you're proud from a healthy eating/feeding perspective of and then check back for the ideas from others so you can add at least one more to the list.

Cheers!

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Great discussion question!

Great topic! I have been only a real nutrition kick lately.

I try to keep healthy snacks in the house like fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I find that my almost 2 year old is really starting to rummage when she gets hungry and by keeping healthy options at her reach, I'm encouraging her to make healthy choices. I feel many moms are the "gatekeepers" of what types of food comes into the home and by only having healthy options available, it minimizes binges if unhealthy food. Also, even though my daughter will only be 2 next month, I talk to her about making smart choices and why certain foods are better than others. I know she may not understand such a big concept but I know if she hears it now the repetition of the information will make a big impact on her eating habits over time.

We, as parents, are completely responsible for what our children eat/drink. There is no one to blame here except for us. We do the grocery shopping. We bring the food into the house. For example, I've never bought cookies. Ever. It's almost impossible to find a store bought healthy cookie. Plus, the kids get birthday treats at school every so often. Now that my children are 9 and 5, they don't even like cookies. Imagine that!

If we don't buy it, they won't eat it. It's as simple as that. We often cave into ease and convenience. We need to stay away from that. The problem is that junk food is just so darn easy to serve. And sometimes for busy moms and dads, easy is the best way. I've been there. Most of us have.

 

I also recently heard that if you place the food where kids can see it, they are more likely to eat. So, rather than keeping the apples, carrot and celery sticks in the crisper in your refrigerator, get them out and put them in bowls on the counter or table when the children are around. They'll grab a handful of that rather than a handful of potato chips.

Rock on girl. I love this: "If we don't buy it, they won't eat it. It's as simple as that. We often cave into ease and convenience. We need to stay away from that. The problem is that junk food is just so darn easy to serve. And sometimes for busy moms and dads, easy is the best way. I've been there. Most of us have."

Also, at that witching our after school before dinner, I've been cutting up fruit and sometimes raw veggies (carrots, broccoli bites etc.) and putting it in serving bowls and leaving it on the kitchen table. When they come in whining that they're hungry, I just point. They're psyched that they get to help themselves to "snack before dinner" and I don't have to anything extra.  It's hassle free and healthy. A win for everyone.

It definitely will work to help her later! My preschooler just read a juice box served to him today at a field trip to see if there was added sugar. He looked at me and said, "I can drink this mom, it's all fruit!". It probably wasn't, but at least he thought to check! All's fair on field trips! I love my little label reader.:)

Sara Mummolo said:

Great topic! I have been only a real nutrition kick lately.

I try to keep healthy snacks in the house like fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I find that my almost 2 year old is really starting to rummage when she gets hungry and by keeping healthy options at her reach, I'm encouraging her to make healthy choices. I feel many moms are the "gatekeepers" of what types of food comes into the home and by only having healthy options available, it minimizes binges if unhealthy food. Also, even though my daughter will only be 2 next month, I talk to her about making smart choices and why certain foods are better than others. I know she may not understand such a big concept but I know if she hears it now the repetition of the information will make a big impact on her eating habits over time.

Kids are a lot like parents in this respect. They are looking for ease and convenience. If you slice it and serve it within arm's reach, they will grab it and go with it. I dread the witching hour, but planning for it helps. If you slice everything before they get home from school and have it out when they walk through the door, they will eat the healthy stuff that you've prepared rather than reaching for the bag of potato chips while they wait for you to slice up fruits and veggies.

Cristie Ritz King-Right Hand Mom said:

Rock on girl. I love this: "If we don't buy it, they won't eat it. It's as simple as that. We often cave into ease and convenience. We need to stay away from that. The problem is that junk food is just so darn easy to serve. And sometimes for busy moms and dads, easy is the best way. I've been there. Most of us have."

Also, at that witching our after school before dinner, I've been cutting up fruit and sometimes raw veggies (carrots, broccoli bites etc.) and putting it in serving bowls and leaving it on the kitchen table. When they come in whining that they're hungry, I just point. They're psyched that they get to help themselves to "snack before dinner" and I don't have to anything extra.  It's hassle free and healthy. A win for everyone.

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