My husband and I both measure our food in front of our 4 year old son. We've simply told him that there is a healthy way to eat (explaining portion size and such) and that we are trying to be a bit better about our portion size. He's not old enough to see this as an issue (really he just wants to use the scale), but we try to have healthy eating be a general discussion that isn't just about the scale. We often talk to him about healthy food vs. non healthy food because I think that is something he needs to know. If he were older and could understand better I would simply tell him that his father and I lost our way with what we were eating, we gained a lot of weight and are now trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle. and measuring food is helping us do it. Don't be afraid to show them what you're doing, just make sure they understand that you're trying to be healthy not just skinny. Good Luck!
10/14/11 4:35 P
I usually solve this by explaining healthful eating, because I would hope that you aren't dieting, you are trying to forge a healthy lifestyle.
Fitness Minutes: (4,401)
6,912 10/12/11 8:25 P
I would say that preparing snacks and meals together would teach them healthy eating habits. They should know what an actual portion size is, unfortunately most of us adults are not sure of that. They can see this as a good thing, so rather than hide...share!
Best of luck on your journey, Sherrie
10/12/11 4:03 P
Hi i have 2 step daughters ages 6 and 7 and i dont want them to know i am dieting. i dont want them to develop a negative self image. Any thoughts or suggestions? I try to not measure my food or figure my calories in front of them. This is a huge struggle. I pack my breakfast and lunch in the mornings while getting them ready for school i wait til after i've dropped them off to eat my breakfast since they eat at school and there is no way i can eat in front of them withput feeding them. Any advice would be appreciated.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.