The saying goes, You are what you eat. Good nutrition is no longer a mystery. We know what’s healthy and not… we just need the discipline to follow the guidelines.
So, it stands to reason that what your kids eat is reflective of you. Is your love for them healthy? Is it wholesome? Think about what you are providing for them in the mornings and throughout the day. Would you want your love for them to be judged by what they eat? Are YOU what THEY eat???
Let’s take two different scenarios:
Student A- is seen eating a lunch at the cafeteria that consists of a peanut butter and banana sandwich for carbs, protein and fat, some fresh veggies for crunch and a homemade brownie for some sweetness at the end. All washed down with a water bottle. Breakfast was either some oatmeal and fruit, some yogurt and granola, or a bean and cheese tortilla eaten in home room.
Student B- has an energy drink in homeroom and is seen putting a second one in his backpack… for his lunch.
I’ve seen both of these scenarios. I’ll leave you to make the inferences.
Which parent do you want to be? Which associations do you want to be held responsible for?
By and large, most students do not do the shopping for the household…
Make the 153Promise next time you are at the grocery store by selecting items that make for healthy lunches and breakfasts. That way, if you get in a rush and have to rely on a go-to faster, more convenient and less healthy alternative for dinner once and a while (I totally get that!), it’s not such a tragedy. Two out three sure is better than a goose egg.
Next time you have a free moment with your children, sit them down and ask them what types of food they want for their breakfasts and lunch. Explain that you are going to do an overhaul with their meal routines and you want them to have a say. Make a date to go shopping together with that list (to avoid impulse purchases) and stick to it.
Getting a good night’s sleep the night before and putting in healthy fuel all day can be a great way to get their daily 153. I’m willing to bet that after a few weeks of this adjustment, you’ll also be feeling their love from their better performance and attitudes.
BE what they eat. Have them taste your love!