Trying to keep our families healthy can be so frustrating for us mamas. Having to be responsible for these little people that we bring into the world is so much weight on our shoulders, and equal amounts joy in our hearts. We want to do everything that we can possibly do in order to keep our families healthy, but most days we don’t know where to start.
There is so much information out there that tells us what to do, but it’s all different. Every piece of advice has a counterclaim that goes against it just as strongly, and it leaves us feeling confused. All we want is to do what’s best for our families; is it really that difficult?
I’m going to let you in on a secret here; the best way to help your kids to focus on health is to lead by example.
We can tell them to eat vegetables until we are blue in the face, but if they see us turning around and shoving chips in our mouths with the next breath, then they won’t trust us. They won’t see a reason behind our advice. They notice what we do a whole lot more than they notice what we say. And if you’ve ever had to repeat yourself 5,345 times to a four-year-old before leaving the house, you know that’s the truth.
We have to show them with our actions, so they know that it’s important to eat a healthy breakfast. That chips and cookies won’t satisfy our bodies, and that sugar will cause diseases and decay. They don’t realize that popsicles aren’t a food group unless we show them. They aren’t born knowing how to eat well-rounded meals that consist of healthy proteins, good fats, and green vegetables; they learn from watching us.
I know how hard it is to be the one to make these changes, and still have to fight the kids through them; but it’s so worth it. Our kids trust us to provide for them, and that includes giving them foods that will nourish their cells and help them to grow. The Standard American Diet is harming our families, and it’s obvious with the epidemics of autoimmune disease, diabetes, and behavior problems in our kids.
We are raising the first generation of kids that are not expected to outlive their parents, because we aren’t feeding our kids nutrients; we are feeding them calories. We aren’t modeling the behavior we want them to follow. But together, we can change their health and their future. We want to do what’s best for our children, and I promise you that fighting with them over food is a fight that’s worth the effort.
It’s a slow path to wellness, especially when you’re dragging screaming kids with you. But it’s possible. And I can guarantee you that if you start taking steps toward health now, you will be able to set your family up with good habits for life.
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What do you think would be the hardest part of modeling healthy living for your family?