Friday, February 15, 2013
So my kids are not very happy that my healthy living plans mean we have a lot less processed snacks and deserts in the house.
Goodbye Coca Cola. So long candy bars. Farewell potato chips. Bon Voyage crackers. Adios ice cream. Hit the road Little Debbie.
I've welcomed some new friends instead. Hello fruit! Howdy cheese! Hi there Greek yogurt! Welcome water!
The kids are not enjoying our new buddies that have moved in for good. I keep hearing "We don't have anything to EAT." Yes we do. Have some strawberries. Have some bananas. Have some yogurt.
My daughter keeps begging me to take her for a Coke. She keeps telling me she is CRAVING a coke. She says that and I think, that's my fault. She shouldn't be dying to have 180 empty calories worth of sugar and flavoring. I have to keep that stuff out of here in order to teach them better habits, and also to avoid my triggers.
My mother used to always say "why don't you just have will power?" She never had a problem with her weight, she could have a box of candy in the house and it would stay for months. She started keeping the few sweets we had at home under lock and key because if I had access they would be gone in days. So she doesn't understand that I never had will power. When I got old enough to express myself better, I would say "I don't have will power or I wouldn't be overweight to begin with. I can't suddenly develop it. If you want me to lose weight, you have to keep these things out of the house." But she never would because she couldn't understand why I couldn't just decide I wasn't going to eat the bad stuff.
When we go to the grocery store, the kids are still asking me for the chips, the soda, the ice cream, the snack cakes. And I am getting used to saying "No, I am not buying that."