Monday, March 28, 2011
Step One | Admitting You Have A Problem
Thing one: A friend's son, who is Daniel's age had a malignant growth, resulting in surgery and significant changes in their diet. They are avoiding foods that come in a box or bag, trying to take some preventative measures, while also needing to react to what already exists in his little body.
Thing two: Daniel and Mommy and Daddy had a 30-hour battle over mixed vegetables. (Too bad it didn't happen during the 30-hour Famine sponsored by World Vision. That would have been a much more honorable cause.)
My kids favorite foods are: pizza, cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, fruit snacks, ice cream, and candy. Their favorite beverage is pop. Yes, I acknowledge that my kids are normal American (strong emphasis on American) children.
I must start with a confession. A big part of the problem is that I love all these foods too. I don't like mixed vegetables. I don't like soups loaded with veggies. I hate the smell of broccoli. I vividly remember the night at the dinner table that my husband forced me to eat all of my stuffed zucchini. Gross. I remember feeling very angry. I won't go into how stuffed zucchini ended up on our dinner table. I didn't make it. I'll leave it at that.
The problem: Our eating habits need to change.
The challenge: The change will need to be incremental. The trick is to slowly make changes to their diet.
The goal: Make at least one small, but significant change each week. Discover new recipes. Discover new favorites. Discover new ways to mix healthy foods into favorite foods undetected.
Join us. Read our stories and laugh. Try our recipe discoveries. If you find you and your family in a similarly embarrassing spot, get a little healthier with us. I'd love it if you leave a comment. I'd love ideas and tips. Recommend recipes. Tell me how you encourage healthy eating at your house. We need help!
I'll be posting about our progress (and probably sometimes set-backs) each Monday.