Often, it can be tricky because we are balancing the tastes of our husband and children when we decide what we are cooking in our homes. I thought this would be a great topic because I think a lot of us can relate to this. More than not, we want to eat well, but our children and/or husband may not like what we need to eat to stay healthy.
Before I got married I thought of Food as Fuel. I ate a lot of salmon and miso soup, rice and veggies. I rarely bought junk food...and then I fell hopelessly in love with a cheese lover. I loved cheese, too, but knew it was bad, bad, bad! I was late to get married in life and was just so head over heals that I had this Donna Reed fantasy of making him his favorite foods and being the perfect homemaker. I am not kidding you, we had cheese melted on everything. Pasta, white bread, cheese, cheese and more CHEESE and no vegetables! This is coming from a woman who would look up which vegetables had the most nutritious value and buy them...brussel sprouts and all.
I was training at the time, but slowly saw my weight go up 5 lbs. Eating was one of the ways we connected. I just remember going out to a restaurant and we would get a big "cheesy" smile on our face when we saw the waiter bring out our cheesy pasta. I laugh now at the "honeymoon" stage. I soon got pregnant and stepped away from training and put on 60 lbs by the end of my pregnancy. Can any of you relate?
I mention in my site that we set the tone in our homes. I was not leading in my home and using what I knew to impact us in a healthy way because I was too afraid of being the party pooper. After several melt downs on my end after shopping for jeans he, too, realized our way of eating was hurting both of us. It was then that we started tracking our calories. (I recommend this as a form of accountability.) As our daughter grew into her picky eating stage I,again, felt our eating challenged. She liked the same foods as her daddy! A lot of us have this challenge and often find ourselves feeding them what they will eat...chicken nuggets, cheese burgers, pizza, "fwench fwies" as my daughter says. I looked at her one day and had this realization that I was teaching her to eat horribly. That as a grown women she might struggle with her eating. I owed it to her to do right by her.
I started implementing making what was healthy and went through a month or two of battles with my kids , but soon they caved and I won. Today, we set out a veggie tray before and during dinner with english cucumbers, baby carrots and peppers and my kids eat them like candy. I realize now that they were open, but I was just not giving them the choice to eat healthy.
By taking charge and doing what I needed to do, my family followed my lead. Do any of you have this struggle? Have any of you conquered this area in your family? Please share with us. We want to hear from you.