Today, however, there just seem to be SOOOO many opportunities to fill mine and my kids bellies with empty, nutrition-less calories at every corner. During Easter alone there are dozens of opportunities for egg hunts, and what do you think fills most of those eggs? Sugar! I'm guilty, too, ashamedly so. But for the record, I'm filling the kids Easter eggs with:
- Annie's Bunny Crackers (get it?)
- yogurt covered raisins
- temporary tattoos
And when they get candy from other sources (which is fine), I'm just going to put it in their candy jar and only give them a piece as a treat every now and then.
And then there's tee-ball. Do the kids really need a snack after being away from home for an hour and a half. I mean, seriously. They're not really burning many calories out there. I'm not being heartless; it's just a fact. So it's my turn to bring the snacks and drinks after the game this Saturday, and I'm boycotting the sugary mess that is usually served. No offense to you if you've participated in said mess; I certainly have, too. And it's not as if I don't allow my kids to partake; I do. I'm just tired of it. You know what I'm serving at Saturday's game? Fruit, muffins, and 100% juice boxes (not thrilled about that, but it's better than HFCS drinks). I mean, it's a sport! Sports are supposed to promote a healthy lifestyle, right?
And for the record, I'm not being unloving or too strict or mean if I do not allow my kids to eat junk food all of the time. I try to limit their junk food intake because I LOVE them and I take childhood obesity very seriously. When this generation of kids is predicted to live shorter lives than their parents, that makes me very sad, especially because it's our fault. And I know from experience that we as parents don't intentionally give our kids crap; we do feel bad about it. But it's just default. A default diet for an American kid is full of sugar and fat and lacking in nutrition. It takes a bit of effort to get out of default.
OK, I think I got it all out of my system now. Whew! I needed that. Stepping down now. Sorry about that. ;)