Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Healthy Role Model

Amber is hosting EM:ME again this week and her question is....

How are you being a healthy role model for your children?

(I am also linking this up to Works for me Wednesday over at We are that family because the tip at the end does work for me)

Within the last year I just started watching what I ate and looking at calories.....before I was "That Girl" that could eat whatever she wants. (no that's not why I picked my name) In the beginning I really tried to not talk about weight or dieting in front of M. She is an impressionable little 8 yr old that does not need to worry about that kind of stuff. Since she loves to be right by my side at all times she did see me looking at calories and was intrigued by the new scale. I had never owned a scale in my life but for some reason I just needed to know how much I weighed. I do regret buying it and see it going in the yard sale pile. I can weigh myself on Wii Fit, if needed.

So I slowly began to be more careful until she realized I wasn't worried about it anymore. Or so she thought. I do still look at calories but only when I know she isn't looking.

Over the summer I started a new thing to try to get M to eat healthier. She doesn't like fruits or veggies. (I don't do cooked veggies....mush factor) I cant say that she doesn't like the stuff its more that she isn't willing to try it. I began eating more things like squash and just trying new things to set an example for her. I told her that when we went grocery shopping she could pick a fruit or veggie to try and that she had to eat it before she could get a snack in the evening. She didn't really enjoy it but now she knows what squash, watermelon, and cucumber taste like. She also ate her regulars of apples and bananas. She didn't have to eat alot, just enough for me to see she actually tried it. Like 1 cucumber slice each night for a whole week. Oh yeah each new item lasted for a whole week. In the past few weeks I have been kinda lax on this with school and cheer starting.....this is a reminder to get back into it.

I want her to grow up and be a healthy young lady!

10 comments:

Jennifer said...

I really like the idea of her getting to pick it out at the grocery store. I'll have to try that out with my kids :)

Sharon said...

We try to do the same things for our boys....like running and swimming. We talk about eating healthy and exercise a lot in our family. Thanks for visiting my blog!!

Overwhelmed Mom said...

I like this idea...I am going to try this with my next trip to the grocery store . . thanks!

Emily said...

Good idea letting her pick out the fruit/veggies. I'm such a picky eater, but have gotten better as an adult.

My parents encouraged me to try new food, but didn't make a battle of it. I think that's the best way to go!

Sara said...

You have great idea! I love how you let your girl pick,that is such a neat way for her to get to try new fruits and veggies
Have a great week

Life is Good said...

Yeah, treats or snacks around our house are for brave kids. Kids who are willing to try something new. It is so much better than trying to get kids to eat all their food. What kind of a message is that. So even super picky eater daddy gets brave points every once in a while.
Way to go mom.

jennykate77 said...

I think allowing kiddos to have a choice is HUGE! I like the idea of letting them pick out a new fruit or veggie to try...I'll have to do that the next time we go grocery shopping! You're doing a great job of setting a good example!

Hope you guys are having a great week!♥

~~Mel~~ said...

Great idea!

So in M's trying of new things has she found something she loves that she didn't even know existed?

Riley loves cucumbers with vinegar on them...he says they taste just like pickles lol. I also let him dip his veggies...I figure he's eating them why not make it fun.

That Girl said...

Mel, she hasnt found anything she loves but she has been a good sport about all of them. Cucumbers were better than she thought they would be.

Staci said...

Great tip!!! Cucumbers are one of my FAVES!!! I agonize over my body (ALWAYS have) My mom always has!!! I need to STOP because I do not want my M to be like that!!! I just want her to be healthy and confident in what she has!!! Great post!