While I was running today, I was thinking back to a conversation I had with someone a few years ago. (I do not know who it was with, so if it is you who are reading this, I am not mad at you :).)
They had asked whether I will let my children eat any type of fast food. This was before my son was born, so of course I thought I knew all of the answers and I replied with a definitive “Yuck! No way will my kid ever eat fast food.”
Well, being a mom certainly changes the way you do things. However, my pre-mommy answer was not 100% false. I am not naive and I know that when my son gets older he will go out with his friends and they will probably get some type of fast food. I do not believe there is anything wrong with it. I did with my friends (I definitely had my fair share of fast food as a teenager and in my early 20s).
Now being a mommy, this is the way I look at it. As long as my son is in my house, I will cook as clean and healthy as possible. As a family, we go out to a restaurant maybe once a month. I usually cook dinner Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are either at my mother or my mother-in-law’s house. (They don’t always cook clean. They do know how I am about certain things, so they will go out of their way to tell me if something is organic or natural. It is funny. But, I did get them to think about their food, so it was a success! Love you both!) By cooking clean, I feel that I am giving my son a foundation to go on when it comes to making food choices. So, I hope by giving my son this foundation, he will hopefully make the wise choice. Will it always be easy? No. But nothing in life that is worth grasping is rarely ever easy.
I enjoy watching The Biggest Loser and LOVE Dolvett! One of the things he says with his team is “Hard Work! Dedication!”. When I was in the classroom, I used that slogan with my kids all of the time. Now, I use it to help define my eating and exercising habits. Teaching my son (and husband for that matter) will definitely be hard work. But the dedication I put towards it will hopefully grant me large rewards. So, remember: Hard Work! Dedication!
In looking back on that conversation, I want to thank that person. I’m glad the recesses of my brain brought that up and got me thinking about it. So, thank you!
What are your feelings on eating clean? Comment below. Please be kind