Ryan Hall MS, CSCS, CHWC Wellness Coordinator
Countless times I have heard my training or coaching clients utter the phrase…”I only buy that junk food because my kids eat it!” HA! So if you don’t buy it, then your 3 year old is going to put you in time out and take your allowance away? Who is in charge here? Deep down you know as well as I do that you bought those Double Stuffed Oreos for yourself, not little Johnny.
Yes, Johnny will be upset that he doesn’t get to eat his favorite treat with his lunch tomorrow, but grown up Johnny will thank you for instilling the thought that healthy eating should start at a young age. Children of all ages should understand that fruit, vegetable, lean meats, and healthy whole grains are what you should be eating. Planting the seed of healthy eating can be brutal and challenging, especially when dealing with picky eaters. And as much as there will be crying and fits, (from the kids and the adults) as the kids get older they will thank you for leaving them with the ability to make smart, healthy, well informed choices. And not diabetes!
So, to paraphrase here, don’t blame your poor eating habits on anyone else but yourself. You are in control of what goes in your mouth, especially when you are the one purchasing the food. And yes shopping for little ones can be hard. Trust me, I have two little mini me’s as well. Do some prep work; bring some healthy snacks like apple slices or carrot sticks to give them while you shop so that they are focused on something else. And if all else fails, throw your head phones in and rock out like they aren’t there, no matter how loud they scream. Trust me, we’ve all been there!