While it has never been a real problem in my life (other than the fact it’s not good for my body), I am without a doubt, a comfort eater. When I’m stressed out, I reach for junk food. I aspire to one day think of food as simply fuel. Not to say that I won’t still enjoy food, but let’s face it…old habits die hard. I grew up on a diet of home cooked meals and plenty of sugar. As far back as I can remember, I had frosted flakes every single morning of my life. They are grrrreat and all, but not for my body, nor my teeth. Bologna and mayo sandwiches on white bread with potato chips and a little debbie swiss cake roll was a very common packed lunch at school. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame my parents, because honestly I don’t’ think we all knew any better back then. But those habits and that way of eating has stuck with me, so needless to say I’m incredibly lucky to be blessed with the metabolism I have. That and I obviously don’t sit around on the couch all day, but still.
The main reasons I want to get a hold of our eating habits are 1) the boys and 2) training. Of course healthier eating will help to fuel longer, better, faster runs. But more importantly are the kids. I want the boys to grow up making healthy decisions. Of course we don’t “deprive” them of some not good for you stuff every now and then. (although I am proud to say the *one* sip my almost 3 year old son had of soda in his lifetime…sprite…he spit it out and said “YUCK”. ) I want them to know that food fuels your body and it is very important what you put in there. Up until very recently, it’s been easy to make the boys eat healthy. With Kain being a baby, obviously we have no problems yet, but Rowen is another story. He once had fantastic eating habits, despite the fact he eats like a bird. But currently, he has a mind of his own. I can’t tell you the last time he ate a vegetable, or chicken that wasn’t in the “nugget” form. I know toddlers are inherently picky, but *NOW* is the time to start the healthy eating habits.
Yesterday, Christine let me borrow the book “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld, and “Super Baby Food” by Ruth Yaron. Deceptively Delicious is full of recipes that show you how to unsuspectingly mix vegetable puree’s into everyday foods, such as brownies and scrambled eggs. Jessica claims your picky toddler won’t know the difference, and all the recipes are made with the most wholesome of ingredients. Betty Crocker I am not, but I’m willing to give this a shot. And since I was also planning on starting to make Kain’s baby food, which is really just vegetable puree anyway, might as well kill two birds with one stone, right? So that is my plan for the weekend, puree the day away. Force feed my family veggies until they grow to love them 🙂 (I can hear Sabrina clapping as she reads this, haha)
OH and I forgot to pick the winner in the Eco-Store USA gift card giveaway! I used a random number generator from http://www.random.org/, and since there were only 7 people that entered, your chances were pretty good! The random number generator picked “1” which is…ANNE! I’ll email you to get your information, congrats Anne!