I struggle to fit healthy meals in between soccer, and karate, and homework, and
You saw what my dudes tend to think of my meal offerings, and you should see them when they get green leafy raw stuff shoved at them.
Personally, I've been a chubby chick for a while now (thanks for that #1, you made me a mommy and a fatty in one fell swoop). I've done more get fit quick programs than I care to admit. Some of them worked (temporarily at least), but most of them sucked (or, I guess I sucked at them).
I've come to the realization that the only real way to battle the bulge is to change your entire lifestyle (so not fun).
I can't say that I'm going to say goodbye to brownies, and fried chicken, and ice cream, and chocolate covered almonds, and guacamole (wait that's sorta healthy, isn't it?), and I can go on, but I think you get it. But, I do want to make an effort to teach my dudes how to make healthy food choices and like it (I vow to only consume entire cakes or pies while they are sleeping).
I can't give them much (sometimes this dumb mom thing is a serious obstacle), but I can give them an appreciation for healthy eating (maybe?).
It's just so challenging.
Not just for me, but for tons of other parents too.
Did you know that "almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese – that’s more than half a million 4-year-olds"?
One in five?! Ca-Razy!
That means that at least 2 kids in #2's preschool class are possibly going to wind up feeling all self conscious and icky.
They are going to spend countless hours trying to fit into the
They will struggle to participate in gym class and feel unfit, unwanted, and unpretty (unfortunately some of these will grow into plump teenagers with the worst possible fashion sense which will lead them to don mini skirts and belly shirts despite the fact that such items are not becoming or even remotely attractive).
It's sad really.
I don't want that for my dudes.
They are as skinny as 3 little wickets now, but they have my genes so that could easily change (and in a hurry if they find themselves pregnant and 60lbs bigger than when they got knocked up, oh wait, that can't happen to them 'cause they're dudes. Yes!).
I don't want them to be saddled with Homer Simpson bellies in middle school (we live by a lake so they'll be spending tons of time in their trunks).
I don't want them to spend one moment wishing they were thinner (or taller, or smarter, or more muscular, but we can't really control these things), or struggling to participate in the sports they love, or worrying themselves about various weight related health issues ('cause there are TONS).
Luckily, since I've recently been selected as a member of WB's Word of Mouth Marketing Team (go ahead, silly, you can clap!), I now have the opportunity to be a member of the Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ and Safeway’s Eating Right Kids initiative featuring Looney Tunes characters to help
Obviously I'm eager to share all of my new fangled eating healthy knowledge with my blog buds (that would be you guys, duh!), but I'm also excited to try to make some changes in my own family.
Gotta do something to stave off the Homer-Simpson-Jabba-the-Hut-feed-me-Seymour-chubby-chunky genes that are running rampant in my dudes, waiting for just the right combo of chicken and waffles needed to turn them into...me.
Help us out by sharing your tips to revamp our snackage! From cookies to _________? And, chips instead of _______________?
And, to sweeten the deal (as if you even need to be bribed to come see me!), I'll be giving away an awesome gift basket filled with tons of fun (and healthy) stuff for your little healthy eaters!