First up, let me just say that you guys love all things compression wear! I had over 230 entries for the CEP compression socks. The lucky winner was number 105, the gorgeous running mama Kim at Finallyfit2011. Congrats Kim! For the rest of you, stay tuned for another great compression-related giveaway in the next couple of days.
And now onto food! I’m often labeled a bit of a zealot when it comes to what I feed my kids. Other parents, for instance, have teased me by threatening to feed my kids hot dogs or take them to McDonald’s. But while I am fairly rigid about the foods my kids eat, I also recognize there has to be some balance in there. In other words, if someone did feed my kids a Happy Meal, I’m not going to freak out.
My biggest goal with feeding my kids is to teach them to enjoy healthy foods. That means giving them real foods at every meal. They eat what the adults eat. I don’t try to sneak vegetables in by disguising them in other foods (ala Jessica Seinfeld) because I want them to learn to like good food. I pack their school lunches 99.9% of the time and those lunches always contain vegetables and fruit. I make sure they get the necessary mix of nutrients breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Now, do they like everything I give them all the time? No, of course not. Do they still love junk and sugar? Of course. And I do let them have treats here and there–the Easter bunny did come to our house and he didn’t pack their baskets with broccoli. But the bottom line is that they’re turning into pretty good eaters. My son, in fact, rarely turns his nose up at any food.
I know I’m not perfect with my approach to my kids food, but from where I stand, it’s my job to give them healthy choices and teach them to appreciate how good real food can be. It’s a fine line–I don’t want to be a food nazi, but I don’t want them inhaling crap all day either. Only time will tell if I’m doing it right.
What are your strategies for raising healthy eaters?