I post my kids’ lunches on Facebook and always get the question……………”Do your kids really eat that stuff?” I also get comments……..”My kids would never eat that.” I am certainly not saying that all kids are the same. In fact, I am saying that at my house, my 4 kids are all different.. I do encourage you to allow your children to try new foods………..they certainly may surprise you. I know mine have. I also encourage you to not let your food phobias get in the way of what you feed your children. Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean they won’t like it. Real Food is simple food and it is really perfect for picky children. If they will only eat one or two things, don’t you want those foods to be healthy?
I am starting this series to introduce you to my kids in hopes that you will see that they are “Real” children who were raised with junk food and fast food and who had to make the change to Real Food. They all had to detox their systems and give up some of their favorite foods. They also deal with peer pressure on a daily basis about their Real Food diet.
The first child I would like to introduce is my one and only daughter, Lil M. She just finished second grade and is 8 years old. She keeps me hopping by being involved in lots of activities. She takes dance class once a week. She is a Brownie Girl Scout and loves to go camping. She plays softball in the summer and cheers in the fall. She is also going to take a gymnastics class starting this fall. Whew! I’m tired…….and that’s just one of them.
I interviewed Lil M last night at dinner. Here are her honest answers.
Q: What do you like the most about switching to Real Food?
A: I’m getting healthier and I think I lost a few pounds. (I told you…… honest answers. I was surprised to find out that at 8 years old, she even thought about weight.)
Q: What do you like the least about switching to Real Food?
A: I miss mac and and cheese and ice cream. (I then reminded her she still eats these things and then she couldn’t think of anything else she misses.)
Q: Favorite Fruit?
A: Strawberries ( I could have picked that one.)
Q: Favorite Vegetable?
A: Celery (What? I better buy celery more often, I though she would say cucumbers.)
Q: Favorite dinner that I make?
A: Whole wheat pasta……………… and tacos!
Q: Least favorite dinner that I make?
A: “Chicken in a hurry.” (I don’t know why they don’t like this. It’s a crock pot recipe for barbecued chicken legs in the crock pot. I don’t like chicken legs and love this recipe. None of the kids like it. Very strange.)
Q: What do you like about going to the farmers’ market?
A: I get to buy healthy cookies. (Amish made without any icky ingredients) I also like to pick out my food and see the people.
Q: What is your favorite beverage to drink when you are really thirsty?
Q: Is there anything else you want to tell the Juggling readers about eating a Real Food diet?
A: I love the food!
I hope you have enjoyed Part 1 of Honest Answers From Kids. I really think it’s important to talk about food with our kids. As parents, it is not only our responsibility to feed our children, but also to teach our children to make healthy food decisions for themselves. They have their moments of weakness, but don’t we all? What do you do to teach your children about food? It is never to late to start the change to Real Food or the education about food. What kinds of things are you teaching your kids about food. What are the messages you would like to be sending?
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