So, I've been watching (or actually, just listening) to a bunch of TED talks online as I work today and one of them was very powerful. It's a talk by Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady, which portrays school lunches and the terrible state that they are in right now as a social justice problem. It's very interesting and if you happen to have an extra 20 minutes or so, you should definitely check it out: www.ted.com/talks/ann_co
It really got me thinking about the foods my kids eat. And it opened my eyes to how little GOOD food my children are ingesting regularly. I am pretty lucky, in that I have kids that like SOME vegetables. But, they have also grown accustomed to eating frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, nachos and a whole lot of junk food. My younger two kids are in good shape, even tiny. My oldest is doing OK but she has a built-in propensity for gaining weight. I would say she is at an average weight right now, but I do need to look into getting her more active because she gains weight quickly.
My husband and I have been a terrible example, activity-wise. Bluntly put, we are fat and lazy. It's just the truth. And it doesn't help that we live in the same house as my in-laws and I would estimate that literally a quarter of the groceries that they buy are cookies, cakes, and horrible junk foods like Pizza Rolls. They are aware that they are feeding the kids too much junk food, but no changes have been made at all. It's frustrating and frightening to know that the four of us (my husband and I and his parents) are literally all working together to kill our children. It sounds dramatic, but that is what it comes down to. I am done with brushing off the matter of health like it's no big deal. It is DEAD SERIOUS.
We have all the tools we need to change our family's eating habits...we have access to a great health food store and I am beginning to shop there regularly for healthy, whole ingredients. I intend to control my own eating and cook more for my family. And we are joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) this Spring/Summer, so there will be fresh vegetables from a local farm coming into our home weekly for 26 weeks. I have a man at our local farmer's market that sells me WONDERFUL, grass-fed, hormone-free meats that are absolutely delicious.
But, even with all these advantaghes, I don't know where to start to get my kids to eat my food. Most nights, I will cook something incredible and my kids won't touch it! They have been brought up with the picky, junk food, processed culture and I don't have any idea how to turn that around.
I need help. Big time, folks. HOW do I change their eating habits????