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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Now that I'm down a second pants size, it will require me to buy a new pair again. Fortunately I did think ahead and buy the smaller pair when I found the convertable pants/capris for $15 a piece when I bought the 1st size down. My bigger pants are still fitting and not falling off, but I see the inch difference between my waist and my pants.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's great that I'm shrinking. The issue I have with pants is that usually I can't find a pair for under $30. I haven't tried on the biggest Target size yet and I know I can always find every size on their clearance rack. I've gotten used to buying clothes at stores that only sell clothes. I've discovered my new clothes rack "Fashion Bug". Surprisingly it carries those plus sizes that I have been fitting into. I'm getting closer to being able to fit into the stuff on the other side of the store. For some reason there's a wall in the center that shields the "skinny" women from the "fat" ones.

I won't have a problem with shirts, they're always on clearance for really cheap and some of those xl's that I got recently are "athletic" formed, so I have plenty of time before I feel I look good in those. I'm still working on getting rid of the stomach that protrudes through that fit. I won't be a medium any time soon, so those fitted xl's will fit me until then.

Pants fall off much more easily. I don't own belts nor would I want that extra thing to get through when I have to run to the bathroom. I love clothes shopping, but I've always hated shopping for pants. I have to try them on every time, each style fits differently. Some brands fit so differently that you're buying a whole different size. Different times labeled clothes differently, the bigger we got the higher the number went in the smaller pants. Although my highest pants are labeled 22's, I know that has to be a 2 size difference from what they used to be labeled. Today's pants size on me that fits right are 18's. I will have to start looking for a great deal and buy both one more pair that fits now and the next size down. I've been shrinking so much that it seems that I'm in a new size every other month.

As much as I love new clothes, it's getting expensive. I'm running out of fun money for the year. I know how to find the deal, but I don't even have that kind of money anymore. Hopefully this next size lasts me long enough to find a new pair of pants for a reasonable price.

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MISSG180 6/8/2012 9:18AM

    Pants are notoriously bad at sizing. But good for you, losing pants sizes!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 6/6/2012 10:17PM

    Woo! You are doing an amazing job with the scale and non scale victories alike! I find that wearing elastic banded waist pants help and last longer as you lose weight. I have a lot of yoga pants. emoticon

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TANYA602 6/6/2012 9:56PM

    First and foremost - congratulations!!
I think it is so awesome that you are down two sizes! And were you ever smart to buy a second size when the price was right!
Just in the past month I've noticed that my clothes are all too big, but because it is almost the end of the school year and I rarely go out in the summer, I am saving up for new school clothes in the fall. That means that these last few weeks of school I look a bit baggy and unkempt. Oh well.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/6/2012 9:08PM

    This is a good problem to have I guess but I understand about the money. Maybe you can clothes swap with someone??? Just a thought. I find that jeans are the one thing that I really need to try and and make sure that I like them b/c if not i will not wear them and then I will have wasted the money. I say just keep looking for the clearance deals and hope you get lucky.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/6/2012 2:18PM

    I have shopped the local Goodwill and their jeans are priced as high as some of the things I can find on clearance. I've been shopping cheap for years so I know where the good deals are. Yes, I probably could find the occasional $5 pair of jeans there, but most of them are close to $20 a pair. I don't need brand names and find many good deals for new stuff on sale. I coupon and am on the mailing lists for the local stores, so I get stuff for pretty cheap.

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KJDOESLIFE 6/6/2012 2:01PM

    Have you tried second hand shops? It takes a little longer to sift through the sizes, but it's a much cheaper way to find "temporary" clothing. And you can always donate it back when you've outshrunk it!

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BEARGODDESS 6/6/2012 12:56PM

    It's great that you love clothes shopping. I hate it for just the reasons you put here in your blog. When I was young and thin, I always knew what size I was because all of the designers agreed on what a size was. Calvin Klein started the trend where designers decide for themselves what a size is back in the late 70's. Also the sizes changed completely. When I was 5' 9" and 130 pounds I wore a size 10 dress. Nowadays it would probably be a size 2 or 4.
What I'm doing is buying cheap jeans on Woman Within on line. (We DO have a Fashion Bug here in town though, hmmmm) Right now I'm straddling the line between size 20 and 18 but I have 16's and 14's waiting in the wings. (Good thing jeans don't go out of fashion very quickly! lol!) I DID find a couple of cute pairs in our Goodwill store though!

Ah the problems of losing weight!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/6/2012 11:53AM

    Great job on the weight loss!

Fortunately I have clothes in three sizes in my closet, so that helps cut down on the expense of buying new clothes as I lose weight. I've packed up the largest size, so now I have my current size and one smaller size left before I'll have to start buying new clothes. That will be fun, but for now I'm glad I can shop in my closet for free. :-)

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NINJA_SMOO 6/6/2012 11:52AM

  The downside of losing weight: all those expensive new clothes!

I know some people are averse to using them, but have you consdered purchasing interim clothing at second-hand shops? Once you make it to a certain milestone or goal then have new-new clothes as your treat, perhaps? Then you're not running around with your pants around your ankles until you reach your goal, but can still be a bit more thrifty.

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Another 2 pounds bites the dust!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This bring me to 35 pounds lost.

What has changed in 35 pounds?

I'm down 2 pants sizes.

I can walk farther without losing my breath.

I've gotten into a swimsuit! (And taken my picture in it for the world to see.)

I am able to eat a proper serving size instead of an American serving size.

I have proper running shoes (barefoot is my favorite way to go).

I've tried new foods and liked some of them.

I don't crave pastries and chocolate like I used to.

I've tried new exercises in new places I never thought I would. I have been doing group yoga and I did some pool running.

I feel more energized.

I actually get upset when I don't go out and move around, even if it's because I'm exhausted from illness.

What hasn't changed?

I'm still the same internal person with the same beliefs about humanity and same love for my family. I still love myself and am simply showing myself that more than I was 35 pounds ago.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/5/2012 9:50PM

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WVAWACKADOO 6/5/2012 8:54PM

    Congrats on the 2 lb. weight loss...every little bit counts & you are moving in the right direction. Take care...

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WERNERETTE 6/5/2012 8:31PM

    Congratulations Cakermom! It's so nice to see not just the pounds you've lost but all the other accomplishments and benefits that you've achieved as a side effect! Not too shabby!!


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TANYA602 6/5/2012 4:14PM

    Two pants sizes?! Congratulations! It is truly cool to follow you on this journey and see such success! I'm really proud of you for staying true to yourself and for all of your hard work towards a healthy lifestyle!

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MOMMY445 6/5/2012 2:54PM

    congratulations! that's wonderful news!

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MNNICE 6/5/2012 1:37PM

    Congratulations! You have the right attitude and know how to reach your goals!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/5/2012 11:56AM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on the 35 pounds lost and all the positive changes in your life. emoticon

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BEARGODDESS 6/5/2012 11:51AM

    I'm delighted for you!! You're a hard worker at this weight loss journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NINJA_SMOO 6/5/2012 11:33AM

  Congrats on all your hard work so far! It's paying off!

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JACKIE542 6/5/2012 11:00AM

    Good work. Keep going. emoticon

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KRYSTL719 6/5/2012 10:42AM

    awesome awesome awesome! Glad to have watched your journey this far! Your doing great. Glad to be your sparkfriend emoticon

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Planning ahead to lunch and fitting into smaller pants!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Today I get to go to the Como Zoo with the kindergartners. This requires forethought. What to eat for lunch, what to wear so I don't get too hot or too chilly. It's supposed to get into the 80's today, but right now it's chilly. I decided on pants that I can turn into capris at the end of the day. I also choose to try on the smaller pair (size 18) I purchased a little while ago when I bought 2 pairs in different colors in 2 different sizes because it was such a great deal for those pants. Today the smaller pair fit! Sure they're slightly tight, but they're not so tight that circulation is being cut off or that the muffin top is being exaggerated anymore. The darker green goes better with the barefoot shoes I plan on wearing. These pants did not fit 5 pounds ago, they were still too tight. I'm actually surprised that they fit so well this morning, it usually takes 30 pounds for my body to change sizes!

Last night I also had to plan my lunch. I already logged it last night and even decided to log breakfast so I had less to do this morning. It works out better for me to log that stuff the night before so I can see if I can have certain things in my lunch, if I have too much or if I need to add more. I decided to have two different fruits with my peanut butter sandwich. I looked at snack cakes when I was at the store, but I'm not putting that little into my mouth for that many calories, the banana cakes I looked at had 300 something calories in one cake! I love the ability to look at what I want to eat before I put it into my mouth. It makes things much easier and makes it easier to make proper choices.

I'm all prepared to go walking around the zoo with a couple of kids (or 3 if not enough parents show up). It'll be great exercise for me since I haven't been doing much the last couple of weeks after all the sickness that went through the house. I did manage some pool walking yesterday and that was really hard. I wish the trackers had something for that because I swear I burned more calories than the tracker allows when simply tracking for mileage. It takes a lot longer to walk in the pool than I can go on the treadmill. The water force alone makes you have to work harder to get there. Hopefully I will be able to track my zoo walking more accurately today.

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MISSG180 6/5/2012 8:50AM

    working out changes your shape! I have experienced that quite a bit. Go you!

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FRAN0426 6/4/2012 10:02PM

    Great job now able to wear some of the new clothes you bought. Nice job with figuring out what your counts will be. Hoping you had a great time at the Como Zoo today. The temp was 97 in the Lake of the Ozark area we are at this week---wAIted until evening to go out, but had plenty of ironing to keep me busy this afternoon.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/4/2012 8:41PM

    I have not been able to go down a size but the pants I wear do feel loose. Every step counts. Hope you have fun at the zoo today. That is always a great field trip.

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VLKSHA 6/4/2012 12:01PM

    I just had to attend a preschool graduation function and found I had to find smaller pants in the back of the closet. I haven't been losing much since February but evidently I am in a reshaping phase again. Hope is reborn.

Your continued planning and activity is fabulous, you are doing this!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 6/4/2012 11:03AM

    Have fun at the zoo! I bet the kids get a kick out of your shoes. Do you track your exercises as water jogging? I bet that's pretty accurate.

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Government control over our pop?

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The news has been saying lately that the obesity epidemic is because restaurants serve pop in too big of cups. New York is trying to pass a bill that stops restaurants from serving regular pop in cups bigger than 16 ounces.

I agree with it in only one point. Pop cups have gotten too big. Small pops in a few restaurants are the 21 ounce size. I prefer having the 16 ounce cup. I have to remember where I am so I know what size my "small" is. I remember the days where small was an 8 ounce cup. You'd think that makes me really old, but I'm just a little bit old.

I do not agree with it only limiting the regular pop, diet you will still be able to drink by the gallon. Juice can still come in a huge cup, and you know most sit down places give you a 21 oz or bigger cup of juice when you sit down. It seems like trying to put a bandage on an artery burst.

Pop is not the reason for the obesity epidemic. Just because some people drink a 2-gallon bottle a day does not mean the restaurants are the pop culprit. Gas stations will still be able to sell the "big gulp" size. We fully know that there are empty calories in that pop when we decide to drink it, but it should be our choice which size to drink. I do wish that there was a consistency through the different restaurants, small should be 16 oz at each place instead of labeling the 16 oz "child size" or "value size", I mean, really, what child needs 16 oz of pop?

If the government feels the need to butt their noses into our health, they should be regulating the sizes of the pop (making them consistent throughout) and then looking into small farms to see what really works when it comes to raising food because those corporate farms just don't seem to have gotten it right. Stop giving subsidies to the corn crops and the problem will take care of itself.

Yes, portion sizes are crazy, I had dinner served to me on a serving platter last month. No way could I eat it all. I do agree with putting the calorie counts right on the menus so I can make the better choice, but I still want the choice given to me.

I don't think giving us less control over which size pop we can choose will stop the epidemic. We choose what we want, we choose to not drink it all and we choose whether we want pop that day or not. Let me keep my choice!

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CCASKEY37 6/6/2012 4:20PM

    We think we're getting a deal when you add 64 ounces for forth cents. Joke's on us.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/5/2012 2:05PM

    As much as I advocate healthy eating and such I don't feel the government has the right to tell us what or how much soda we can drink or how much junk food we eat. That is a personal choice. Our freedoms are disappearing one by one.

And I too remember when the smalls were 8 oz and that was usually enough to satisfy. Does that make me really old or just a little old? I remember when the big gulp came out I couldn't believe anyone could drink the whole thing. Now I see supersized drinks everywhere. We are a super-size me nation!

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CCASKEY37 6/5/2012 1:40PM

    I should know better but I have been trained to stop eating/drinking when there is nothing left to eat/drink. Lately I have been able to just order the smaller size when going out. I think regulating the size of drinks is a huge waste of time and resources by the government though. It should be the person's choice.

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KRYSTL719 6/5/2012 10:46AM

    its very truethe comment about the kids growing up. their views on what is normal compared to thinking freely is outrageous because they are so distracted with fashion, media, gadgets you name it.

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TANYA602 6/4/2012 12:53PM

    I have to say I was surprised when I heard this, as well. Why are they not regulating the number of packs of cigarettes a person can buy each day? The size of candy bars? Oh don't get me started.....The fact that choice, our choice, how we live our lives has to be regulated in this way is indeed rather silly. argh!

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PRAYING4THIN 6/3/2012 9:59PM

    At first this aggravated me. I mean come on we all know soda is bad. We all know that a larger size cup is more calories which means more weight on our backsides. We are not that stupid.... HOWEVER, the more I think about it the kids growing up today think this is normal. They don't remember the days of 8 ou. cups, they don't know anything but super size, biggie size and XL. A little scary that perhaps they are going to have the wrong idea of portion size simply because its what they are becoming accustomed too. I don't think its would help much, I really don't but it does make me stop to think of what todays young generation is viewing as normal.

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VTSKIER805 6/3/2012 5:41PM

    I spent some time in Denmark where they regulate things added to foods like sugar, color, flavor, preservatives, etc. I think that is more proactive than saying "HA! Let's try and inconvenience you enough to either drink less or buy two sodas."

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OPTIMIST1948 6/3/2012 2:05PM

    I'm a dither over this. Yes I think the govt has a role. But I hate the "You Cant Serve That" title. I agree that cup sizes have gotten too large and there should be more access to healthy food. But if you look at the sugar, its just the same in juice as it is in soda.

And Diet is not covered under the regulation. Now that's just silly.

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MISSG180 6/3/2012 1:43PM

    I personally think that such regulations are just the government's way of saying, "See! We're doing SOMETHING!!"

Even when that something is silly and pointless. Which this is.

Better access to healthy food, that's something that is worthwhile.

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Who eats Pop Tarts for lunch?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

I'm not sure if there needs to be some kind of nutrition guide handed out and explained after giving birth to a child so that parents know how to feed all the vitamins through food to their children. I know that many poor people on food support are given plenty of nutritional help through government sanctioned pamphlets. I've seen many, especially when we were on the WIC program, they even handed out cookbooks one year that helped stretch a budget while still providing nutrition to the family. I wish that every parent was handed the same guides, no matter how rich they were or what area of the country they are from. I do have to admit that the lunch ladies did get some information printed on the back of the hot lunch calendars, but I really doubt many people read them, I know I'm not one to read the back, I glance to see if it's interesting, but I rarely ever read them.

I had lunch with both my kids at school yesterday, they had the Mr. Rib and I had a salad, all through the school program. I'm not a fan of what the school serves, most of the entrees are breaded, but there is always the option of pbj, a small sub or a salad as every day options. My kids take hot lunch every day because it's cheaper for me (we qualify for free lunches and I take advantage of that cost saving program). As much as I'm not a fan of the hot lunch, it could be worse. They always take and eat at least one serving of veggies or fruit, at least my kids do. I noticed that most of the kids took some kind of fruit or veggie, yesterday there were some really yummy pears!

It wasn't the hot lunch I had a problem with though. I was watching some of the cold lunch kids and what parents pack was horrifying! Yes, I admit to the occasional Lunchable when we're out and about, and that's what I see packed for field trips. This is not what I would pack on a daily basis. So many ingredients.... Always a dessert with them...

One small child, who was clearly overweight, was complaining that her Pop Tart had been smushed during transportation. I saw this same little girl (probably a first grader) later, tossing her bag away, holding the pudding she didn't eat. It makes me wonder what else was in her bag that she did eat? I understand the occasional treat, but Pop Tarts for lunch? I could clearly see why this particular child was overweight (not yet obese, but clearly overweight).

There also was a bigger kid (probably 5th grade, not overweight) that had Subway for lunch. I suppose had I looked around the room more, I would have seen more improper lunch choices, although Subway, depending on the sandwich, is better than a Pop Tart.

I'm not sure if it's just that these are the things these kids have been exposed to and are used to eating (I do like the occasional Pop Tart, especially the frosted Raspberry one, but they come to us once in a blue moon), but to see so few veggies and so much processing in a child's lunch bag makes me wonder how people think that that's the healthier way to feed these children? I suppose it's the "it's cheaper" mentality going again rather than the "It's healthy for them" mentality.

My kids have been fighting over the freshly picked off the plant on the balcony pea pods. I've been exposing them to healthy options since they first learned to chew. Yes, they've also been exposed to cupcakes and ice cream, but they understand, to the degree that early elementary schooled kids can understand, that those are treats and they need to eat a variety of things to get everything their body needs. I've been telling them that for years, not just since I started to lose weight.

I'd bet money that the parents, or at least the mother of that little Pop Tart girl are also overweight. As parents, we model to the children what a diet (the noun, not the verb) looks like. We show by example what should be eaten and we provide the items by bringing them into the house that the children have the ability to eat. If we shop for Pop Tarts and pudding, then that is what the child has access to, but if we shop for veggies and fruit, then that is what they will want. Grapes are like candy around kids, they just can't get enough grapes.

I hope that many people will be the example to their children of a healthy diet and not give in to the whining that always occurs when the child does not get their sugary treat every time. There are so many good foods out there that children will cling to when it's provided over the unhealthy things that are basically just flour and sugar.

What kind of example are you to today's youth of the world?

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PRAYING4THIN 6/3/2012 10:04PM

    I can't get my kids to eat many healthy things. They like cooked brocolli. My oldest daughter will eat green beans and corn. My youngest who only eats the brocolli likes several fruits but my oldest will only eat strawberries and grapes. I throw my hands up because I can't force it down their throats.

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TANYA602 6/2/2012 9:39PM

    I hate to say it, but when I read the title to the blog, I was kind of wishing I could have a pop tart! It's been YEARS but I could see myself trying one of the frosted brown sugar ones. oh that's terrible!!!
On Mondays I help with the hot lunch duty at our school. I am on the salad part of the line and since being on SP I've been more aware of how the students choose salad or not, eat a plate of starches, or add some cut fruits and veggies to the side. It has really started to bother me if there is no "color" on their plate. But you're so right - these habits start at home.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/2/2012 7:41PM

    My kids eat very well and I am proud of them. In fact on more than one occasion my sons tell me "Mom that is not healthy." Annoying but good for them.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/2/2012 2:57PM

    I love this blog because it shows what abysmal shape we are in as far as nutrition education in this country.

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MISSG180 6/2/2012 2:42PM

    My kids were awful about veggies as kids, but I hid them in soups and casseroles. I also let them eat Ramen noodles. These days, they are both strong freggie eaters.

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2BEABETTERME 6/2/2012 1:54PM

    The girl might have packed her own lunch. I saw that a lot when I was subbing and volunteering. I agree that parents need to teach and practice better eating habits. They also need to have more healthy choices available for their kids. I don't have all healthy choices in our house. But, I do monitor choices and moderation. I also make sure their are fruits and veggies with every meal. I also make them try lots of foods, though my oldest decides he won't like it before the first bite. My youngest loves to try new foods and loves to eat anything!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/2/2012 11:34AM

    I grew up eating no fruits or veggies except a banana once a week and the occasional 3-bite salad that I had to force down (I still hate iceberg lettuce to this day). In my adulthood, I've worked very hard to learn how to eat freggies, but even when I didn't do that well, I always made sure my boys ate them. My mom says that's a double standard, but when my kids ask why they have to eat this stuff when I don't, I tell them it's so they don't become like me when they grow up. I didn't LIKE being the person who was so picky she couldn't go to friends' houses to eat! I didn't like how horrible my body felt, even when I was thin, because I only touched a veggie three times a year, you know?

We used to qualify for reduced lunch, and let our kids get it, but our middle child, who was born with sensory integration disorder and a tendency toward autistic behaviors at times, started getting much more autistic-like at school. After we switched over to home-packed foods, filled with more fresh freggies, the behaviors stopped instantly. One day, that's all it took. And now he's learned that if he's having a hard time concentrating or focusing or listening, he needs to eat a few more veggies and he'll feel better. It's amazing the power of real food.

Now that we've switched to a 90% whole foods diet over the last year, the kids hardly ever get sick, even when classmates do. Beyond that, they're starting to influence the things their classmates bring from home. My oldest used to be embarrassed about his lunch because kids would laugh and say, "Who likes brussel sprouts/broccoli/etc?" But near the beginning of this school year, he brought in slices of raw yellow summer squash with some hummus to dip them in, and the next day, one of his classmates brought in some as well. She had specifically asked her parents to get her some because she wanted to try it. By the end of the week, half the class was eating raw summer squash dipped in everything from hummus to ranch dressing. It was a fantastic lesson for my oldest to learn! :)

Sorry to go all crazy in your comments - I just love this topic because of personal experience. :)

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