Have you changed your children's eating habits too? My son (11) has always eaten more healthy than most kids, but unfortunately I did teach him some bad habits along the way. When I started all this I had to learn about servings and such, so I've been teaching him too. When I was growing up a 'serving' of chips was until the bag was gone or until my mouth hurt so bad I could no longer eat.
People have asked me if I feel like I am depriving him because I don't keep junk food in the house. My answer to that is: Depriving him of what exactly??? Is it the heart disease, obesity, diabetes that you are worried about me 'depriving' him off??? Or maybe the bad self esteem, being made fun of, not being able to play with the other kids or other issues that potentially go along with obesity???
When he was 7 his s-i-l gave him a chocolate milk & he immediately turned it around to check for HFCS. She told him he didn't need to worry about that.(I told her that was not true!) He said yes I do because it's important to my mom. How dare her say that to him. She said he was too young to be worried about such things & I gently explained to her that if my 7 y/o son was willing to turn down a chocolate milk with HFCS in it offered to him by an adult that it gave me great hope that he will be able to say no to the rest of the garbage he's likely to be offered in his lifetime!!! She has NEVER corrected him again if she sees him checking ingredients!!!
My way of dealing with junk food is just to keep it out of the house. I still buy an occasional 'bad' food, but not as a 'treat'....Just because we are having it that one time. I rarely go for fast food either.
I did not diet off my weight. I had to change my lifetime of bad choices. I would be fat again(still) if I went back to eating the way I did. My weight issues stemmed from other factors like meds, pregnancy, alcoholism & bad health that I allowed to turn into a sedentary lifestyle, but the junk food definitely played a big part.
What are your thoughts? Sorry this is kinda rambling....
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