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Teaching food consequences

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Everything we put into our bodies produces an outcome. Not just weight gain, weight loss, and I am not talking about what happens in the bathroom. I am talking about the physical reactions that occur. Certain foods make us feel full. Some foods make us feel sick. Frequently eating foods that make us feel sick, often results in us not noticing how sick we feel. We become desensitized to that feeling of BLECK! We can't see it for what it is.

My family has embarked on a mostly organic eating lifestyle. This has had a dramatic effect on me, but even more so on my sweet driven son. The other day he brought in a small chocolate bar and asked if he could have it. He had gotten it for Easter, which was before the big diet change. I told him that he could have half of it, BUT that if he ate it, he and mommy would probably end up fighting within 30 minutes. I told him that when that happened, mommy would tell him, "Remember what I said when you ate the chocolate."

Sure enough, about 20 minutes later, he was having a fit because I asked him to pick up some clothes he had left on the floor. I gently said, (not in the I told you so voice) "Remember what I said when you ate the chocolate." He looked up at me with great surprise, wiped away the tears and said, "Wow Mommy. You were right." Lesson learned? NOPE.

Two days later when he wanted to finish the chocolate bar, which I had kept for just this reason, we went through the same drill. He swore off chocolate. Well, at least for the moment. I told him I would buy him some healthier dark chocolate and he agreed to wait for that.

Under most circumstances, High Fructose Corn Syrup is the culprit in our family. Today at church, the boys managed to grab some of the "juice" that was offered at fellowship. I looked at the bottle to find that I was going to be in a world of hurt soon. I told them what they had to drink had the HFCS in it and reminded my aforementioned son about the chocolate. Sure enough, 35 minutes later he was having a fit. I reminded him and not only did he 'get it' but he also stopped having the fit. I told him to really see how he felt at that very moment. He said he felt "jumpy but not the happy kind of jumpy."

I don't know how many more lessons there will be. But if nothing else, he knows how the food is affecting him.
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  • BERRY4
    I will put myself in the same category as your son...I DON'T get it the first time around (nor even the 2nd). emoticon

    The good news is that you are guiding your son through this process at a young age--before habits get established over years.
    -- Sometime in the past 20 years, I moved toward using food as COMFORT and I chose JUNK. I wish those 2 weren't synonymous in my vocabulary. I wish I had been paying attention when I made that shift...And that is weight when became an issue.

    Way to go to do the work to guide your child "in the way he should go"! emoticon
    2199 days ago
    Good for you for letting him see the results of his own choices. He will learn from this like he never would from denial of the candy and a lecture from mom. You must have a lot of patience to deal with repeat performances of that scenario to make sure the lesson is learned. Your son will thank you for it someday, I'm sure! Thank you for being an inspiration!

    2199 days ago
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