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7/5/11 8:34 A

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Article for Discussion: The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

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I have to tell you how much I love this. I think I'm going to copy and paste it everywhere I go, it makes me laugh that hard. ..... probably because its just so obvious, yet we miss so much of this so often.

I have to think, though, that so much of this is how we relate to each other as adults as well. How do you contend with the grown-ups in your life that are picky eaters?

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7/4/11 12:49 A

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Article for Discussion: 9 Meal Makeovers that Will Please Parents and Kids

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I read this article and the first thought that came to me was, "I am soooo tired of "kids menus". They stink. They are the same thing over and over. And over. (and over, srsly)

I'm lucky, my kids eat just about everything. They love veggies, they love foods from all over the world, they eat all kinds of everything, and never shy away from trying something new. It started with me not accepting "ew". I cook a wide variety, and started when they were just starting to eat. I expanded their palates as quickly as I could. The only fight we've finally given up on is my 11yo who doesn't like "fake salads" - like egg, ham, potato, etc. He loves greens and fresh veggies - those are "real" salads lol

A lot of the foods listed in here, we already do homemade instead of processed. Or we already add veggies to. Except chicken nuggets. Look, I'll be honest. I homeschool, right? That means I have to do lunches when most of my friends don't. Sandwiches only go so far. So, lots of times, they'll throw some nuggets, pizza rolls, or something in because its quick and easy. And as much as I love cooking, I have my limits. ;)

But a thought occurred to me today when I really got to thinking about when we order out. Our budget doesn't allow for a lot of meals out, but we try to get out once a month or so. The next time we go out, instead of relying on the chicken nuggets / mac-n-cheese / grilled cheese / burger options every restaurant has. What if, we ordered something off of the adult menu and let the kids split it? We'd be spending the same amount of money (or less) and they'd be getting a much healthier option!

What healthy options would you consider for eating out or those "quickie" meals? Also, don't forget to collect your points for reading the article!!!


Edited by: YCAMOMMY at: 7/4/2011 (00:51)
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I have to admit that I've been a horrible failure at reducing screen time this past week. And its all Casey Anthony's fault. I've gotten horribly addicted to the trial. I admit it. But with closing arguments today, the end is in sight of us returning back to a "normal" tv schedule (news in the morning, off all day, family tv time in the evening .... then me watching reruns all night until I finally crash - lol).

The family meeting was a non-issue. My kids LOVE their veggies, they love eating weird foods, and healthy foods. They even love helping in the kitchen. and I've always planned out my days, but with a 2yo in the house, things don't always go as planned. But the older he gets, the better he gets.

How are you doing with your goals this week?

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7/1/11 8:47 A

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Great plan...it usually works better when its planned so well. I need to take notes and do the same thing.
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Week 1 Action Plan

1. Reduce screen time. The more time your family members spend in front of a TV, computer or game console, the less time you'll have to cook, eat as a family, and get active. Assess your family's screen habits and place strict limits on how much you'll participate in screen media each day. Try to free up at least one hour per person per day. Find out how TV affects your family's health.

2. Hold a family meeting. Sit down and talk about the perks of healthy habits and why your family is going to be making changes—together—for everyone's benefit. You can be overt or subtle as you start making changes at home, but let everyone know that change is coming and that you want them to be part of it.

3. Set yourself up for success. Spend a few minutes each day getting organized: Assign some age-appropriate household chores to each child; keep a family activity calendar, ongoing grocery list and weekly meal plan on the fridge; and prepare for the day ahead on the night before. All of these tasks will keep things running smoothly as you incorporate new habits in the coming weeks.

4. Learn how to earn your trophy. By completing this challenge and tracking your goals in the Healthy Family Makeover Challenge SparkTeam, you'll be eligible or a special SparkTrophy at the end of the month.



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So, let's discuss how you plan on meeting some of these goals. What do you have in mind?

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