I’ve been thinking a lot about how I eat food & the perceptions I have had of healthy eating, especially now that I have kids.
It dawned on me several months ago that I thought if something was low calorie then it was okay for me to eat it. Low calorie=healthy right? Yeah, not so much. I’ve been reading health blogs, books, talking to family members, and reevaluating my entire life’s choices of what I put in my body.
I also have been frustrated as I reach out to friends online and in my daily life and ask them for help getting my kids to eat. My oldest is going through a “I don’t like that” phase, which is everything. And the truth is, he does like it or at least he has in the past, he’s just admanatly opposed to eating it now.
When I turned to people for help, I was met with responses of “I guess you’re going to just have to eat mac n’ cheese for a few years” or “just do chicken nuggets.” It’s frustrating, because I’m sorry, I don’t want my kid surviving on white pasta noodles and fried nuggets. How am I supposed to teach my children to be healthy if they don’t eat healthy as kids.
Because, I’m slightly irritated & definitely overwhelmed. I feel like it’s not fair to my kids that I will feed them “kid” food only for them to find out in adulthood that they have to completely relearn everything they know about eating. It seems backwards, “Hey kids, eat junk & then when you’re 30 you will have to teach yourself how to eat properly.” (I have been thinking about this for months & this weekend I discovered THIS article & was so excited that other people think like me.)
This is one of the reasons I switched our family to a Paleo-ish diet a few months ago, nuts & berries, fruit & vegetables, lean meats & fish. We do a lot of bacon & eggs for breakfast, burgers (no bread) for lunch & salmon for supper. We have been doing clean eating, wiping out processed foods (I was eating foods that I didn’t even know were processed, that’s how little I knew about healthy eating!), & focusing on foods that make our bodies FEEL good, instead of just “LOOK” good.
My son is still the pickiest, most stubborn eater ever, don’t get me wrong. But I am trying & sometimes I give in because I just can’t push that hard 7 days a week, but we are working on it. His health (and his sister’s health) are worth the fight to me.
Good Paleo Resources: