” The food you eat can either be the safest most powerful form of medicine OR the slowest form of poison.” ~ Ann Wigmore
Hey all you wonderful people! How have y’all been? Things have been good here. Busy, off our normal routine, but good. Kids spent time with cousins at the grandparents. They came back and we spent time with different cousins. We had a 4th of July party, have had friends in town and then cousins in town. We have other cousins in town this week as well… So, lots of play. After this week things will be settling down a bit so I will be getting back to my blogging on a regular basis.
One thing I have been struggling with lately is what my kids are eating. Here at home they are 99% Vegan. My husband is vegetarian. Most of the week he eats vegan as well, but once a week he wants pizza and so the kids want it too. T actually asks for the vegan pizza, but B wants the “meat chesse pizza”(no meat actually on it, but she means the animal cheese). We will be working at finding a vegan cheese that they will both be happy with on pizza. Anyway! Back to my struggle. Since they have a little here still I have not requested that others outside the home feed them vegan, and well when they came back from spending time with other family or friends, the struggle is REAL! They are not wanting their normal healthy stuff. They want more JUNK! Now a lot of you parents out there can relate. We want our kids to eat their veggies, and they want the packaged, processed garbage, or in my case animal products as well. I am grateful to be on this lifestyle so they learn the healthiest way to eat and that they are not having it that often, but at the same time it is so hard knowing what I know about the health issues with animal products and still know my kids have it. So much of me wishes I knew about this lifestyle pre kids because if they would of never been introduced to the bad stuff then it would be a lot easier to keep them from it, but that is not my/our journey.
I try to not let it bother me too much because that will not do anyone any good. I fill them with as many fruits, veggies and plant foods as possible and do my best to educate them about the benefits of a plant based diet.
Here are a few tips when trying get as much healthy food into their bodies, and less unwanted stuff:
- Buy as much of their favorite fruit as possible so they will be excited to have it.
- Take only fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds on outings so when they are hungry they have only healthy options
- If you are going to be in social situations where food that you don’t want them to have is going to be then feed them before you go and have healthy food options(their favorite) with you for them to snack on.
- Have them help you make meals and snacks. They will usually want to eat what they help make.
- Make it fun!
- Take is one step at a time.
- Don’t buy JUNK, buy whole plant food(REAL FOOD)
- Be an example.
The more their body has the healthy foods in it and less of the animal products and junk, the more they crave the good stuff!
I hope you all are enjoying your summer.
Here is to health, happiness, and fun times!