ODC and I, along with Inner Strength Fitness, have been working with Triple 7 Dance Company on a 6 week program to encourage healthy eating and exercise. Our oldest daughter is participating and as part of the program, she has been keeping a food journal. Last week I was responsible for reviewing the girls’ food journals and giving them feedback. Imagine my surprise when I opened MY daughter’s journal and found this:
Needless to say, I was a bit embarrassed. I wrote a note in her book, “Please have your mother see me”.
My daughter is very self-sufficient for a 9 year old. My nine months of pregnancy and the 6 months that followed have allowed her to experiment a little in the kitchen, while being a huge help to me and her sisters. It is obvious that I have taken for granted her ability to select balanced meals for herself. Viewing her food journal, illuminated some of my own diet deficiencies.
We went to the farmer’s market and loaded up on produce; apples, grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, pears, squash, and greens. Now, this is nothing new. ODC said that the problem is that he puts away the food and when it’s not easily visible to me, I forget about it, and the food ends up in the trash because it’s rotten :-(.
Today I took steps to avoid the usual. I cooked!!! I made the greens and salmon cakes and I am soaking the navy beans for the soup I will make tomorrow. The fruit is not an issue for the girls, they will eat apples all day. I am going to focus on making sure we all are increasing our servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
I encourage anyone who is a parent to have their children keep a food log for 1 week. I think you may be surprised by what you find. Are your children too little to write? It still may be worth the time to log their foods for a week. In my journey to a healthier lifestyle, I am reminded that my family is along for the ride too!
I am still training for the 1/2 marathon so I am running about 4x per week. I am doing strength training 3 days per week and still teaching my cycle class 2 days. I tried a new class last week, boxing. I enjoyed it and I have decided to add it to my schedule. I lost 1lb, which is good since I am still exclusively nursing.
I will focus on water this week and of course increasing the produce 😉
BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by SUBWAY. SUBWAY is giving away a $50 gift card to Lulu Lemon, a green Gaiam gym bag and yoga mat. The Commit to Fit Campaign and Jared are keeping me motivated!
Make it count this week!
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