Here's why I need to eat healthy all the time and serve the same healthy meals to my kids: because I am setting them up for life.
Already because of our efforts, Nolan and Aaron are better eaters than a lot of kids I know. They're at the very least willing to try new things, and getting them to eat vegetables is not akin to a trip to the dentist for tooth removal.
We, Shaun and I, are responsible for giving them a foundation for healthy eating, and we can't expect them to eat anything that we ourselves wouldn't eat. Man, do I struggle with that one. I am NOT a good vegetable eater, but I have worked on it, and I am still working on it. I now eat asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, and spinach, things I might not have touched as a child. And that means my kids eat them too. The more I can experiment with healthy eating, with finding the right recipes for veggies to make them at the very least palatable to the whole family, the better I am teaching my kids to eat. And so I keep trying.
Except with broccoli. I tried, I swear, but that is just nasty.
So the goal is to set my kids up with healthy habits now by modeling them in my own behaviour. If mommy eats crap and doesn't care about her health, why should they?
Day 14, Reason 14: To teach my kids lifelong healthy eating habits.
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