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Trying to Teach My Kids Good Eating Habits

Monday, January 13, 2014

Growing up my mom cooked every meal we ate, one starch, one vegetable and one meat. This was a good foundation for me, but the downfall was that along with all those home cooked meals was any junk food you could imagine! With six kids there was a lot of junk food in my house, and unfortunately I was the oldest and always made sure I got the most.

Jump forward fourteen years and I have made it my mission to figure out good healthy food to feed my children. I never really thought about what was in our food before a few months ago. Buy a package of food to heat up and feed the kids dinner, in the fast pace life of work, kids and school I felt there was little time to cook an actual meal. I, like a lot of others, saw a few documentaries on Netflix and decided it was time to take a better look at our food.

Just some history, my youngest daughter is 5, she has had 9 surgeries, 4 in the last 6 months. Her \one kidney works at 20% now. She is allergic to most of the medicine you give to treat kidney infections and she has immune deficiency's so she gets sick very easily.

So with this said I decided it was time to change the way we eat. This is a start, I am no expert but I acknowledge that I have to learn more and feed them better for their sake. I would love any and all additional advice. Now, they have never eaten too terribly, they haven't had fast food in almost 2 years and I have always been strict on candy and junk (my older daughter is 11 and has never had soda) but I was feeding them garbage for dinner, never enough (if any) veggies and fruits .

I went through our cabinets and started searching for things with corn syrup, processed food, dyes, etc. I have replaced foods with more organic substitutes, like maple syrup instead of aunt jamima's, popcorn from a popcorn maker instead of the microwaveable ones, homemade ice cream. Fruits and veggies with all of our meals. I stopped letting them buy lunch and I pack their lunches with fruits and veggies and water.

This has not been an easy transition for my oldest daughter, slowly she is liking more and more things that I give her, but there are definitely days when she comes home from school and is like why can't we eat any chips and cookies etc for lunch like everyone else emoticon ! I get it, really I do, I was making them homemade cookies for a snack but I don't want to do that too often. ( so if any of you have any good healthy suggestions for school lunches I would love them!) It is hard when they can't warm up anything at school!

So I know right now I'm not winning the parent of the year award in their eyes, and I may not be doing this all right, but I am trying my best to teach them how important good eating habits are.

I do believe that this is working because my little one has not gotten sick yet and that is with us going to NY for 10 days for Christmas! We have not traveled yet without her getting sick and ending up in the hospital! This was a first, and I can only hope that we can continue to get healthy!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/14/2014 12:34AM

    They might not appreciate it now but they will one day and vote you that Parent of the Year award! It is amazing how much healthier we are when we start limiting or eliminating all the processed and artificial crap from our diets. And it is truly frightening just how much of it there is out there.

For snacks there are healthier cookies, full of fruits and natural sweeteners, so your children can "blend in" with their friends but still avoid the crap food. I've seen some of the recipes here on SP.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Stress has become a big part of my life recently. I know that I have to handle it better because it does not do me any benefits and really just causes more harm than good. Life is hard for everyone and the key is learning how to deal with it - without food!

So back in July my family and I moved from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale. We moved in with my In-laws which was only supposed to be for a month. Well it is now April and we are still here with my In-laws - don't get me wrong I am extremely grateful for all of their help, and believe me it is not from our lack of trying. We have put multiple offers on houses but we have lost all the bids so far! The current one we went $20k above asking and we are still waiting to hear- so much for a buyers market!

My oldest daughter is 10 and the move was harder on her than we had expected since she was so excited to move here. It has been beyond a challenge, she has had severe anxiety at school, failing her classes, not making friends. We are on her second therapist and there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Except she has learned to take her frustrations out on me and I cannot get a handle on the disrespectful attitude.

My other stressor is my job. To most it would seem that I may never be happy in my job (my husband). I like to feel challenged, I work for an amazing company (always on forbes top 100 to work for), I get to work from home, and it is in my field of compliance. The problem is I left my previous job where I was able to have my hands in everything, constantly learning and growing. Now I feel like I'm on an assembly line just adding a bolt to the final project, I am losing my relevance to my trade. I am considering a job that would be a 3 hour round trip daily commute for a much needed increase in responsibility.

Now for the main stressor that will make the last one seem like I'm being irresponsible. My four year old daughter got sick at the beginning of March, just all of a sudden I was getting her ready for school and she started screaming that her head hurt and she was cold and throwing up (my daughter has an extremely high tolerance for pain - she has had 5 surgeries and is a trooper). Long story short she had a kidney infection and thank God her Ped sent us to the hospital because her left kidney was blocked and severely enlarged. A week later and a surgery later to place a temporary stent in we went home. Last Monday was supposed to be our DR appt to schedule surgery on her kidneys when the day before she got another infection, back to the hospital with a bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics, they had to replace the existing stent and spend another week in the hospital. To say that my daughter is strong is a severe understatement. She is amazing, she doesn't cry to get blood taken, she gave herself the anesthesia into her IV emoticon ! Any ways she has major surgery scheduled for the 24th, she is handling it great and I am eating uncontrolably.

Right now I'm just in a funk, wishing we never moved from my perfect house, but yet so grateful that I had family here to help us. Wishing I could read my daughters mind and get a respectful relationship back before teen years. Knowing I should stay with this job, but hating every minute of it. Worrying about my little one and not being able to do anything to help her.

This was my pity party and now I have to stop and look at the circumstances and take the bad with the good. You can't change what you are dealt but the way you handle it is what defines your life and I need to redefine my life because no one can do that but me.

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ERINLOEWY 4/4/2013 4:18PM

    Thank you! You are right! It's therapeutic just to write it down so that I can see what I am dealing with and then I am able to figure out the best approach. Just got back from a walk/run and have decided that I better start tracking what I'm eating! Hope you have a great day!

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I'm Back!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I have been back on the wagon again for 4 weeks. I didn't want to get back on Spark unless i felt like I could stick with it ( I know that that sounds silly but I wanted to be in the right mindframe again).

So a lot has changed we have moved from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale and I am working from home (which has not been so good for me on the scale). It has been hard I miss my friends who were like my family, since we didn't have any family near us, I miss my kids school and I miss my home. The good part is that we moved to be close to my in laws because my kids need some extra family support. The other positive is that my FIL wants to lose weight too so we joined a gym together and got a trainer!

So I am feeling great, I've taken most processed foods out of my diet and eating 5 times a day small meals with high protein and veggies. I have been going to the gym 6 days a week for an hour a day and since I work from home and the gym is 1.5 miles away I have no excuses.

I'm running again, I ran 3.1 miles the other day and would love to start training for a 10k. I don't have the running bug again yet (when you are frustrated with something and all you want to do is go run right then) but I'm hoping it will come back soon.

I feel more in control of my life and less like I'm running around just trying to stay a float and eating whatever was easiest. It may be because my kids are getting a little older or that we have babysitters now that allow me to go grocery shopping without the kids, or go to the gym, either way I feel good.

So that's it, just wanted to say it to myself that I'm back and I have no excuses, because I feel best when I take care of myself.

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WONDERWOMAN 12/12/2012 11:39PM

    Welcome back!

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1FEISTYMAMA 12/12/2012 1:15PM

    Welcome back! I'm back again as well. Moving is hard but I'm glad you're exploring new exercise options and support. Good luck!!

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CHUM48 12/12/2012 12:49PM

    Being in control is a good feeling! Be good to yourself! Be good to you!

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ending of a vacation gone wrong!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Our family vacation to NY to visit family was cursed from the start! We never do anything easy because my husband is crazy!!

We drove from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale on Friday 7/1 , arrived around 8pm and met up with his parents for dinner. The next morning we decided to visit some of his family members from NY visiting disney world so we drove the 2 hours to get there stayed there until 12am got home at 2am to have to get up by 4:30 to get a flight to NY. We got there and my 2 year old was exhausted!! Bad weather add an hour to our flight because they took a different route to bypass the weather ( I am all for safety! Do what you gotta do to get me there alive!!)

So we arrive at JFK luggage machine not working, get into the car and the traffic was horrible, we were in the care for 3.5 hours so we could make it to my uncles 60 birthday party. Rained all day, fireworks cancelled. 4th of July had no fireworks either :-(

So then it gets bad ( I know I'm just complaining above but everything added up has me ready for a mental breakdown) on Wednesday my mother was making my husband all of his favorite foods (awesome mom) and my daughters were in the pool. Well the little one( my 2yr old) came running in up to my mom at the same time she was removing a huge pot of boiling potatoes, and she spilled it on my daughters head. My poor baby! it was a horrible experience and I kept it together putting water on her head and rushing her to the emergency room. She is such a trooper and so brave (probably from her 5 other surgeries) she just whimpered a little and let them do what they had to do. I told them that it fell on her scalp too but they said it was fine just her left forehead and cheek. Really bad burn, it hurts to look at her. So no sun, no water, and a visit to the plastic surgeon as soon as we get home.

well the next day I gave her a shower ( not allowed to get her face wet) and was washing her hair and she said ouch! so I felt a lump, her scalp is all blistered!!! and I just got it wet!!! so we put medicine on that too. This is when I didn't stay calm anymore...this is the start of my breakdown. Why didn't they look!! why didn't they clear away the hair from the forehead that now has it stuck on!! why did they not clean the wound!! sick to my stomach!! my parents said that we needed to get out of the house so after Kenzie went to bed we went a mile from the house for dinner while my brothers listened for her at home.

Well on the mile that it took to get to the restaurant my parents in the car in front and my husband driving their other car behind them we hit a deer! REALLY!! So after the police came and a bumper and headlights are picked up we eat dinner at 10pm and get home.

So finally time to get our flight back to florida and we left four hours before the flight and still hit traffic and bad weather (again) rushing because we are now cutting it extremely close!! We get there (btw we have our 8yr, 2yr, and their 7yr cousin) and the flight is delayed! First for 45min, ok I can handle that (in all reality I would rather be delayed than fly in weather that we shouldn't be flying in) so 6 is now 6:45, than 7:45, 8pm, 8:30, 9pm 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 and finally midnight. The kids are crazy all over the airport, and its packed because all the other flights were cancelled. We were waiting for our plane from Pennsylvania, our pilot from Virginia and crew from somewhere else! My daughter is probably getting every germ imaginable because they told us not to cover the burns because that could cause more infection. we got to the inlaws by 3am ( I am not even going to talk about the turbulence, the worst, I prayed the whole 3 hours)

Now my daughter wants to go to the beach and she isn't allowed in the sun or in the water. Tomorrow we will drive home to Atlanta and to the doctors Monday morning.

Sorry had to vent, I know it sounds like I'm complaining but I'm about to explode!! My child is so active that I have ran after her all day long to make sure she doesn't hit herself (which she did on the plane and bled but there was nothing we could do!)

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CBSWEETS76 7/9/2011 3:59PM

    Hang in there!!! Sometimes it's easier to vent to strangers than to family. Sounds like it's been very rough... But at least you can only go "up" from here.

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I want a change in career!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I currently have a great job at a fortune 250 company, career wise. It is definitely a career that I will continue to climb the corporate ladder, and I have advanced significantly in the four years that I have been with the company.

There are two problems

1 - with each advancement that I take I have increased my stress level significantly! The legal ramifications of any errors that occur increase ten fold each step higher I go, and being in compliance that means that my team bares the burden of everyones mistakes. Stress=not happy me :-( (btw my emoticons aren't working at the moment)

2 - I realize that I would be so much happier if I had an active career. I don't want to be stuck behind a desk all day! I want to be forced to be more active everyday and then be able to work out later for my own happiness. I feel like sitting at a desk all day is going to drive me crazy!!!!! BUT I don't know of any active careers that I would be able to make at least the same amount that I do now with most likely no experience :-(

I don't know what to do!!

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SMILINGTREE 5/5/2011 5:27PM

    I sit all day too - or did. I work from home, so maybe have a little more flexibility, but I put a shelf next to my desk that I can put my computer on and stand while working. Now I have two desks - my "sitting desk" and my "standing desk." I keep a mini stair stepper under the standing desk and use it when I'm trying to figure something out or when I'm just bored and want to move. I also find myself doing squats and calf raises all day. It really helps!

If you are really interested in changing careers, I read tons of blogs that help with that, and know of lots of people who successfully transitioned from very comfortable corporate gigs into other things and continued earning a significant income. Sonia Simone and Brian Clark, both of have interesting work histories that included corporate jobs.

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ERINLOEWY 5/5/2011 1:55PM

    Kimbyut that is exactly my predicament!!!!

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KIMBYUT 5/5/2011 12:48PM

    I'm in the exact same boat that you are in. Oh how I wish I had an active job abc more human contact! Realistically (and this is what people don't seem to get that are like "there's plenty of active jobs out there") being a business analyst has provided me with a level of financial...ah screw the political way of saying it - I make a very comfortable income. To change careers would require more education (more debt, when I'm still paying student loans) to earn less (much much less) money. So then, I'd have to alter my lifestyle, and not be able to do the things I am now able to do because of my current career. So...what's a girl to do!?

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ALLISONSMOM918 5/5/2011 12:19PM

    I'm in the same boat. I just realized this week that my job is killing me and is probably the biggest reason I fit into the obese category. I wonder what your company does. Where I work, I know that working in the field would be much more active than my current finance job. Sure, I would still sit behind a desk a lot, but at least it wouldn't be 10-12 hours a day. I just put in some resumes to get me into more field work.

Maybe you can just rotate somewhere else in your company that has a bit more physical action. For example, a sales rep is always on the go or even administrative assistants/secretaries do more activity than you might think. Since you have been with the company for a few years, you could pitch it as a way to become a more well-rounded employee and you want to be trained in other areas. OR You could try to fit more activity in your day like taking the stairs or exercising before work or during your lunch. That way you get a break from the stress and you are active. Just some thoughts and good luck to you!

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SKYWATCHERRS 5/5/2011 11:51AM

    How much research have you done? There are a lot of jobs out there that don't have much desk time, but it depends on what field or industry you might want to go into. Medical workers like EMTs, physical therapists, and nurses spend a lot of time on their feet; telephone technicians do, too. So maybe start looking at an industry you are interested in and start there.

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