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Ok, so I made a colossal slip and inserted my foot right into my mouth. Those of you who know me, know this is not the first time, and most likely not my last. But I am so upset about it, mostly because it is something I try really hard to be intentional about doing well. I was in the middle of a â€œdiscussionâ€ with my eight year old sugar bug when right then and there I saidâ€¦ Ok, first I think I need to give you a little background so you know what was really going on in my head at the time of the before said slip up.
My eight year old daughter A looooooooves all things sugar and carby (yes, â€œcarbyâ€ is a real word. Donâ€™t bother looking it up). It is a difficult battle to get her to eat a balanced diet with enough protein and veggies to go along with the carboliciousness she so desires. Anyway, every week she goes to an event that requires the kids to bring a snack and drinks to share with the group. So, every week I watch as parents bring sugary processed crap food and a couple of bottles of death by chemicals pop to share with the group. Did I mention that this is a group for 3rd-5th grade children that meet right after school? Anyway, EVERY week just like clockwork my child is given a sugary snack and a salty snack. We have come to a compromise in which she is allowed these snacks but must always drink water. No caffeinated cancer pop, ever.
Now here is my disclaimer: I am by no means a complete nazi food police when it comes to fun snacks. I enjoy and indulge in a sweet dessert or salty treat, especially on special occasions, celebrations, and occasionally just for fun. I do, however want to make sure that the majority of food that my family eats is good for them. I am crazy intentional about making sure that we understand that those are treats and that we donâ€™t fall into bad habits. Been there. Done that. Threw out the T-shirt.
Ok, so this coming week is Aâ€™s turn to bring a snack. We pour over the cookbooks searching for just the right â€œsweet and saltyâ€ mix that is our guideline. I am bound and determined to be able to bring something that fits that description while being somewhat good for you. A is as stubborn as her mother set on bringing the epitome of sugar heaven. Iâ€™m trying to redirect her without hurting her feelings. My husband walks in as weâ€™ve been â€œdiscussingâ€ and asks what is going on. Fire and smoke coming from my ears, I explain that A and I have completely different ideas of what a good snack is and then I saidâ€¦ Oh, man I really said itâ€¦ Did I mention that Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago (CDC.gov)? I turned to my husband and said â€œweâ€™re just trying to find something to make that doesnâ€™t make youâ€¦ (ugh) fat. WHAT!!!???? I NEVER say the F-word! I try really hard to always talk about eating healthy food and being strong and healthy girls. I donâ€™t want to use the F-word because our culture is super saturated with it and the lengths that girls go to avoid it is scary. I try to always talk about getting healthier or stronger not losing weight. I even talked about it in a post earlier on this blog. Ugh, the instant I said those words I wanted to reach out and gobble them up!
So, what did we learn today? First, A and I came to an agreement of what to bring that includes a little sweet and salty without pushing them into carb comas. Second, make sure to always pick your words intentionally. Then, if you have to eat them they will be sweet!