Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Picky Eaters Club

So as I've gotten better about my own eating habits, I've also become more conscience about the food I feed my daughter. The problem is, Grace is the president of The Picky Eaters Club. Example? How about HOWLING, near-tantrum level about how hungry she is the hour before dinner, while I'm cooking dinner, and then completely turning her nose up at dinner when it's served. It drives me cocoa-bananas.
So, with the help of a fellow mom friend, I decided to try new battle tactics. I eliminated her snacks, in place of trying to give her a healthy meal. I incorporated her snacks into the meal itself, and holy moly, she's actually sitting through dinner, and, most nights, eating it!
My goal for next year is to eat really clean, so I've been trying to get into the practice now. Grace is also benefitting from it. Today's lunch:

5 pieces of popcorn chicken (which she requested 5 more of after finishing her entire meal)
1/2 small bag of graham goldfish
1 go gurt
1 Minute Maid juice box
1 Mini cheddar Babybell

She had fruit this morning with breakfast, and she'll have veggies & some leftover cous cous at dinner with grilled tilapia. That covers all the food groups, right? Protein, dairy, grains, fruits, veggies. Oh, and we're still counting chocolate as a food group, in itself, so we've both had a serving of dark chocolate roasted almonds by Blue Diamond.

I'm trying to be a good mom. I NEVER want my kids to go through what I went through as a fat, little kid. I don't think I would have suffered that if my parents kept tighter control over what I ate.

I dunno if it will help other parents out there, but I'm thinking of posting our meal plans every so often.

Oh, and I finally got a pair of jeans to survive the winter. Size 8 Faded Glory-- a big step down from the 24s I was wearing last year ;)


Tara said...

woo-hoo, size 8!!! you go girl!! I'm hoping for a 10 for the winter, but we'll see. :) I'd love to see your meal plans. I'm trying to transform into a more healthy eating family as well. good idea about the snacks - I may find myself doing that, too someday!