Passing by boxes of cookies and scrumptious looking cakes and pies at the grocery store is not an easy undertaking when you’re toting four kids along with you.
They’ll be a couple of whines. A few moans… several groans and an all-out tantrum by the time you finish filling your cart up with the GOOD foods from the store.
Teaching my kids to get over their obsession with high fructose corn syrup is hard but it’s a necessary evil that’ll be GOOD for them in the long run. See the past few weeks I’ve totally gone buck wild for the better. I’m eating healthier, exercising every day and I’ve even put two of my kids on a controlled diet coupled with cross-country training and they’ve lost 7 pounds in the last month. (Before you judge just know that it was necessary. I had a 10-year-old weighing in at 130 and a 9-year-old weighing in at 105. Childhood obesity is real. Check out Michele Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative)
The fact is, I’m turning 40 next week and I deserve to be around to see my grandchildren. But that won’t happen if I have a heart attack, or die of diabetes because I can’t control what I put in my mouth. So I’ve fallen out of love with food and I’m on a mission to get my whole family on track – a healthy nutritious track that will lead us to healthy living.
So I take my kids to the grocery store to make them accountable for their health too.
We pick foods on the perimeter of the store where the good stuff is. Fruits and veggies first and I choose organic foods even though they are slightly higher. I bought a gallon of organic milk that cost $7!
And now that I’ve explained to them the benefits of eating healthy foods they are on board with it. Although I still get the whines and groans from time to time. It’s understandable. But they’ll thank me later.