Thursday, October 15, 2009

What I am noticing in my family.

Today I asked Riley, my 2 year old what she wanted for breakfast, she usually tells me a doughnut, then I tell her that is on Sundays only with daddy. Today she said, yogurt and an apple. I am so excited because I feel she is emulating my good decisions. This is what I want most out of all the struggles, I want my daughters to benefit from a healthy mother, for them to never struggle to make food choices. Riley LOVES apples, she likes them plain, with peanut butter, and today she wanted just a little sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. It really makes me feel good that she at 2 years old is making healthy food choices and doesn't even know it, it is just second nature to her.

Two months ago we always had doughnuts, muffins, sugary cereal, pop tarts, in the house. I would make french toast for Riley and I at least twice a week, now I grew up eating my french with a tablespoon of powdered sugar folded in each one. I was teaching Riley that.

For lunch Riley still has peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but now as a side she has piece of fruit of some kind with it. She never gets chips, usually we make a 100 calorie bag of popcorn to share, she loves that popcorn! She no longer has chicken nuggets and french fries every time we go out. The one day a week we do go out for lunch, she gets a Panera sandwich, yogurt, and water.

For dinner she eats what we eat, and is actually eating all her veggies these days. I used to make a veggie with the meal maybe 1 out of every 3 dinners, now there is veggies with EVERY meal. Riley at first ignored that portion on her plate, now she has seen Ryan and I eat them she has started as well. She even asked for more green bean "french fries."

I absolutely love watching my good food choices, making good impressions on my daughter. Sure she can still have her occasional treat, Ryan and Riley go out every Sunday to get a newspaper and a doughnut, that does not bother me, she can learn that a treat is something she can enjoy. as long as it is not an every day thing.

So yes I screwed up yesterday, then reading blogs I read one of my fav's, and she had a post about what is harder to be fat or to be thin. It really hit close to home after last night. Because it is true it is hard to turn down certain foods for me, but I would rather be the one that struggles to do it now, so that my daughters never have to struggle they make the right choices out of habit.

Off to the gym...spinning and then running...going to kick my own ass a little today=)


Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

I think you're doing quite a service for your girls to introduce healthy eating to them at a young age. We all want our kids to be happy and a donut certainly brings a smile to their face for a moment, but those extra pounds will be quite unwelcome down the road.

SunflowerDaisies said...

Yay for you! I grew up in a family where they were't overweight, but we were a "meat and potatoes" family. My mom was not overweight by any means, didn't have any issues with food, and had a hard time understanding why I was and why I couldn't just "stop" eating. My mom and dad weren't physically active, yet they were able to maintain their weights. So, I guess growing up, I didn't see the need for physical activity. That's one thing when I eventually have kids, that I want to be as physically active as I can, so they can grow up knowing the importance of it and also eating healthy. I just hope I don't pass my food issues onto them!! lol

Anonymous said...

you inspired me to put my ass in gear at the gym and instead of doing my usual routines, im kicking up the intensity. i did 8 min run, 2 min walk for 35 mins! i'll try for longer next time but i just wanted say thanks for the inspiration!!