Sunday, July 31, 2011
My daughter is really amazing. She prefers to eat her vegetables and fruits, and the stronger the flavors, the better. She is so happy in her body. Her body allows her to walk, to run, to play, to eat. Every time she learns how to do something new, she is so very proud of herself. Every time she eats a new food (recently black olives and red onions), she takes such pleasure in the flavors of food. But she does not eat beyond her hunger. When she is satisfied, she stopped eating.
Most of all, she hasn't learned to judge herself based on how she looks, how she dresses, and how she compared to other people. She knows what she likes, and she follows through with it. I want her to keep that confidence. I want her to grow up with this positive self-image and healthy body-image.
I am going to follow her lead: I am going to eat my vegetables and fruits. I am going to be active and take pleasure in what my body can do. It can walk, run, dance, and play. I am going to do this for her and for myself. I know the best way I can keep her from having a negative body image and keeping her healthy, is to model these behaviors for her. I want to take pride in myself, and I want show that through eating well and exercising and being active. I want to reset my relationship with food and exercise and to follow her lead.