Eat your Vegetables Kid.

Raising kids is a challenge, they don't come with an instruction manual. Teaching them to eat healthy can be an even bigger challenge in a world of fancy packaging, cable tv (which we don't have but Grandma does) and not so healthy school friends.

The hubby has been trying to get me to eat healthy for years, I grew up on Spaghetti O's, frozen burritos, Doritos and salsa for breakfast, cheesecake for dinner, etc. After 12yrs of marriage, he finally started to succeed about a year and a half ago. Let's just say, no wonder I felt like shit all the time.

We live in an area where the school lunch lady called me once to tell me that my son was eating breakfast at school and wanted to make sure he was suppose to. Isn't that nice... except when we started talking about what he ate and the new healthy initiative changes to the food program. This statement made my jaw drop, "We don't have the sausage links wrapped in a pancake anymore. Poor kids, all they get is wheat toast now." Wow...Yea, french fries are not a vegetable and hot dogs are not a necessary food group. And no, my son is not suppose to be eating at school.

Over the past year we have really improved our eating habits in the house and have chopped almost everybody's doctors visits in half. There is a rogue teenager in the house who consumes junk at school and while out with friends; iced tea, french fries, pop tarts, etc. She has been to the Dr. more this year than the rest of us, who've stayed consistent with good eating habits.

Friends and family tell us our children are so well behaved, respectful, they listen, their thankful, etc. How do you do it?
Its not easy. We work our asses off to try and mold good little humans. It's exhausting and it should be.

I equate quite a bit of there positive attitude to their diet. They do not consume large amounts of sugar. We make our own honey nut cheerios, plain o's with local honey and local milk. They help pack their sack lunches; carrots, cucumbers, apples, grapes, lettuce and cheese sandwich or peanut butter and banana sandwich, maybe a few slices of good cheese and organic crackers.

How to start doing it:
First, watch some good food documentaries.  Hungry for Change, Forks Over Knives. Netflix instant has quite a few right now. Its a quick and easy eye opener to what you and your kids are ingesting, as well as how it is effecting your physical and mental health.
Then throw away all the chips, soda's and junk. For those of us who do not have an organic grocery store nearby, going to a typical big box grocery store turns into a ninja on a mission. Make your list, go in get what you need and get out!

Don't listen or believe those old school lines of, "you need meat to get your protein." no you don't. Or, "kids need sugar". Sugar is in everything, even if you avoid it they will get it from somewhere, there's no need to give them sugar on purpose.

It's ok to indulge every so often. We go out to eat and the hubby and I will split a big salad and a cheeseburger, we let the kids do the same. I occasionally indulge in dark chocolate  (I'm talking one dark chocolate bar lasts 2-3weeks). Exercise 30 minutes a day. Sex counts as an exercise, if your married you have no excuse to not exercise.
My birthday is coming up. Juicer and sex! Living the life.


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