So Proud of Her

I am so impressed with my daughter. She’s working a grueling schedule and going to school. And she focuses on healthy eating and exercise.

Guess I did OK.

This last weekend we were laying low. She’s been sick lately and decided to double her healthy eating efforts. The girl is really serious.

We were discussing what to have for dinner Saturday night. She wanted teriyaki chicken. I wanted something different. What we ended up with was teriyaki marinated chicken with red bell peppers, onions and broccoli served over rice, and a side of green beans (she took the picture.) We washed that down with some V8 and then went out for pie.

Hey- you gotta have balance!

We went shopping for lunch and snack stuff for the week. I had tried some organic snack bars that I found at Walmart – so we went and got a bunch of those. I would tell you the name except I already took them to the office. I found them in the produce section.

We found this new oatmeal. Its BetterOats, and it really tastes good. It doesn’t have all the crap in it, and it is probably the best tasting oatmeal we’ve ever had. She found a dark chocolate. I’m not so sure about that one…chocolate and oatmeal? We’ll have to let you know on that one. I like the blueberry one.

She got nuts, granola, and dried fruits for her afternoon snacks.

She makes wraps for lunch, or takes leftovers, or falls back on Healthy Choice.

She reads labels. If it has corn syrup or soy, she puts it back on the shelf.

She hates a messy house and takes pretty good care of her dog.

For a 20 year old? I’m pretty impressed.

I often lament that I haven’t been able to do more for her. I had planned on paying for college, and buying her a car. That didn’t materialize. She points out that when I was making more money – she was becoming a spoiled brat.

Its never comforting to go through hard times – but often we find that it makes us better.

There is a quote that says something about when preparation meets opportunity. While I don’t remember the exact quote, it is something I’ve taken to heart. I keep working at imporving my skills knowing that as some point its going to pay off. I get tired and frustrated. I take breaks, but I don’t quit.

And I hope that I’ve been a good role model.

 

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Keeping Your Kids Healthy – and in School

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The kids are back in school. An awful flu season threatens us every day. The winter in the mid-section of the US is predicted to be horrendous. The economy stinks. Can we come up with any more good news?

 
You have to find a way to keep your kids in school as much as possible if you want to keep your job. While we all want our kids to be healthy and brilliant, the reality is you can’t be dealing with calls from the principle’s office, sick days, and trips to the doctor.

You need a good healthy lifestyle. Yes, even behavior problems and A.D.D. are helped with a healthy diet, exercise, and enough sleep. If you can’t afford time off work, then you can’t afford to be living an unhealthy lifestyle. This single mom has been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.

 
So, how do you get your kids to make healthier food choices? Make healthy dinners full of nutritious foods and esteem building conversation. Combating obesity, eating disorders, sickness, and behavior problems can be just that simple.

 
Most people struggle with getting their kids to eat healthy. But it doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here’s what’s worked for me -

 
1. Eat healthy yourself – they learn from you.

 
2. Put out lots of food choices and let them taste different foods.

 
3. Don’t force them to eat something they don’t like. Just ask that they taste new foods. Most kids will accommodate if you start them early. And if they know you won’t force them to eat it if they don’t like it, they’ll be more willing to take the plunge!

 
4. Remember that kid’s taste change seemingly overnight. Just because they didn’t like it one time doesn’t mean they won’t like it the next time.

5. If you like it, put it out. When they see you enjoying something, they’re more curious.

6. Kids like simpler foods. They’ll eat a hamburger with nothing on it, or a salad with no dressing. You don’t have to be a world class chef. Practically all my daughter wanted to eat was chicken, raw broccoli, raw carrots and French fries. My niece was the same way.

7. Rather than talking to your kids about how healthy the food is, talk about how great it tastes. They turn off to the notion of healthy eating just the way you do. But if you’re eating it because it tastes really good, you’ll all be a lot happier – and healthier just happens.

 
Nothing is better than a great example. If you know a lot about foods, and you eat a lot of different foods, kids will naturally learn from you. You can learn more about how easy it is to eat healthy food here >>>

By the way – These tips also work on adults!

 

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What will happen if you feed your kids like a human?

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Do your kids drive you crazy? Do you sometimes wonder if they were exchanged at birth with an alien infant?

What do you think would happen to them if you started feeding them like human beings instead of lab rats??

Maybe…

They’ll sleep better, and wake up easier.

They’ll have a better attention span.

They’ll have fewer behavior problems.

They’ll get better grades.

They’ll have more confidence.

They won’t have to deal with fat jokes.

They won’t be getting sick all of the time and bringing home every disease known to man. (feels like that sometimes, doesn’t it?)

Imagine a life with fewer behavior problems, fewer outbursts, temper tantrums, arguements, sick days and trips to doctor’s offices. I didn’t have time for all that nonsense when raising my daughter as a single mom. Do you?  

You’ll all be a lot happier.

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