Words to Live By
Eat healthy. Maintain a heart healthy weight. Avoid junk food and empty calories.
Easier said than done, right? How are you supposed to avoid the chocolate bars calling to you from the kitchen cabinet or the ice cream crying your name from the freezer?
How am I supposed to avoid the bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs tempting me from beside the couch? They’re saying “Tara? Oh, Tara! You know we’re your favorite! We only come ’round once a yearrrrrr. You’d better eat some eggs before we’re all gone!”
Avoid empty calories? Come on. I could eat the bag until it’s empty. That’s the only empty I have the will power for.
But what if there was no junk food in the house?
Then I would really think about whether I was hungry before I got a snack. It would take some time and effort to actually make a snack, so I would have to really need it.
Think about what it would look like at your house. The kids would reach for carrot sticks or apple slices instead of chips or cookies. Or they wouldn’t snack at all.
You can (and should) set yourselves up for success. If there’s no junk in your house, there’s no junk to tempt you. Stop hiding the junk from your kids; it’s no better for you to eat than for them.
Just leave it at the store.
Instead, stock up on healthy snacks. Fresh fruits and vegetables, an assortment of healthy dips and spreads, low fat crackers and breads, and many other foods will make wonderful – and healthy – snacks for you and your children.
Stop back tomorrow for Grace’s Kitchen when I’ll talk about good meals and snacks to satisfy a toddler’s appetite.
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