Healthy Eating for the Whole Family

This post is part of the Attachment Parenting Month blog carnival, hosted by Attachment Parenting International. Learn more about how you can keep your children “Full of Love” by visiting API Speaks, the blog of Attachment Parenting International.

When it came time to announce the theme for Attachment Parenting Month 2010, I instantly knew I needed to be involved in the blog carnival. This year’s theme “Full of Love” is designed to help us all understand that challenges that come with raising children who know how to make healthy nutritional choices. For me, the challenge is a bit different as I’m the one with the problem and so I’m writing about how we’re focusing on healthy eating for the whole family.

From the very start I focused on my children’s nutrition. Organics, homemade baby food, trying new things, etc were just part of life. However, this was for the kiddos – I was hesitant to try new foods for years. Here’s a silly example – I’d buy organic 100% wheat bread for the kids and then good old white bread for myself. I grew up on white bread and I have had the most difficult time switching to wheat bread but I’m working on it! The kids, in this case, are the ones leading by example.

So this past week I decided to step into the more traditional parenting role and lead by example. I have been reading about green smoothies for years but haven’t gotten the nerve up to try them. All of that changed last Monday. I put spinach, strawberries, a banana and a little orange juice into a blender and made a green smoothie. I can honestly say that I was nervous about that first drink but with a big smile on my face I gulped it up. Guess what? It was delicious!

My son tried it and liked it so asked for his own cup full of it. Naturally little sister wanted in on the action and so we began a new tradition of green smoothies for breakfast.

At the time we started our new healthier habit, my husband was out of town. Imagine his surprise when he returns to hear that he gets a green smoothie for breakfast. The kids and I were encouraging him but he admitted he was afraid of the taste (just like I was!). I made him a mango/pineapple green smoothie and he loved it. He drank the entire smoothie.

This is just one example of how I am working to make healthier food choices for the entire family, not just the children. I am glad that my kids have a more expansive food palate than I do because when it comes time for them to make independent food choices, they’ll already be accustomed to healthier items. In the interim, we’ll continue with our goals of healthy eating choices for the whole family – in this case, the parents!

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abbie November 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

This is SO me. My girls both get organic yogurts, juices and the really healthy snacks. But I buy the cheap, non-organic stuff for my husband and we eat junk food for snacks.
Our meals are usually pretty healthy because am I parent that refuses to make a dozen different meals, we all eat the same thing (even the 10month old!), so I try to keep it as organic and healthy as I can.
Great post!!

Melissa November 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thanks abbie! It is good to know that I’m not the only one out there working on this “problem.” Like you, our main meals are pretty healthy as well. I think it is great that your youngin’ eats what you eat – definitely beneficial for her palate! :)

Maddy November 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Yes it’s tough when you get caught out like that – one rules for us parents and another for the children. But like you say, the most important thing of all is for them to have the knowledge base from which to make informed decisions – even if that does involve a little wicked indulgence every so often.

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