So the end of our homeschooling year is upon us. Although some parents hate this time of year I love it! Our summer adventures are about to begin.
All the stress from the school year is already starting to fade away. The kids have started making their requests for specific nature trails for our hikes. They want to map out the parks that we will run around and play at. And let’s not forget camping adventures.
Can you tell I am already in vacation mode?
There are literally two times in the year when I seem to enter this magical, almost child like stare. In the fall when the air is crisp and you hear the crunch beneath your feet as you walk. And summer when you feel the warm air on your skin and get to enjoy all of our surrounds and kids laughing and playing.
Are you in vacation mode yet? What do you plan on doing this summer?
I have been on my weight loss journey for many many years. Ever since I can remember I was trying to figure out what was healthy, how I could lose weight etc
Now let’s fast forward to today. I have had weight loss surgery and I am just a few pounds from goal weight. Although I am extremely happy with my current weight, I am still fearful that one day I will wake up and I will have gained all of my weight back. I need to work at my healthy lifestyle each and every day. My meals plans have to be in check, my activity level needs to be on par. Otherwise the reality is I will gain my weight back.
Last week I was convinced I had stretched my stomach out and that I could eat way, way more then I should be able to. So I decided that I would follow my meal plan to a T today just to check and see what was going on. If I was now in the free fall zone and that all my work would soon begin to unravel. But guess what? I ate the meals in my correct portions and I was full after every meal. Not stuffed but that point just before your stuffed. I’m sure some of you are wondering hey lady why did you stop following the meal plan in the first place? Well to be clear I was still eating healthy and nutritious foods but I was also trying to clear out my freezer.
I am hoping that although I sometimes wake in the middle of the night startled by a dream that I have gained all the weight back, that as long as my fear doesn’t take over my day to day life it’s somewhat of a healthy fear.
I haven’t blogged in a while and I apologize for that. But tonight I actually have something to say and hope you enjoy reading the post.
Today as snack time approached my daughter asked me a question about calories in a drink she got as a treat. My daughter is only 8 so I proceeded to tell her that she need not worry about calories or anything else that mom and dad will help by having healthy food in the house. There was a lot more to the conversation but that was the bottom line.
But when did it become the norm for little kids to worry about calories and fat and healthy versus unhealthy foods? And when did it become the norm to throw a granola bar at kids instead of a piece of fruit? Not just the norm but for it to be common and normal for them to worry about food, when they should be worrying about which park we are going to go play at.
I think it’s sad that marketing use tactics to get kids to eat unhealthy foods. I think there should be restrictions. Most kids know the Big Arches of McDonalds before they can speak.
At our house we are in the process of getting rid of processed foods for the kids. But you know what, we have been so programmed to give our kids convenience snacks that coming up with snack ideas isn’t easy. But it will get easier the more we do it. We are finding alternatives that both the kids love and that we feel comfortable giving them. Let me tell you thou at the moment they are eating us out of house and home…I’ve done some research and talked to other parents and this is normal and will regulate itself once their bodies have rid themselves of certain ingredients in convenience foods.
What types of snacks do you feed yourself and your children?