We had a great workshop this past Wednesday by my own grading system. But I have ways to improve it in the future, I need to put some moms up on stage that have failed to get their kids to eat healthy, and uncover the reasons, and the solutions. Ultimately, and I know I am going to get flak for this, the problem started because of you (parent) but before you knew the importance. Or perhaps, one or both of you still don’t know the importance today, and that makes it all too hard.
The moms – Wyndi LaBrecque, Patty Cheek and Laura Richards discussed the efforts they have gone through for their children, but interestingly enough, all gave reference to the effort that they have gone through for themselves. A “PALEO” mom, a “Healing Diet” mom and a “Straight 60” mom…. all following diets that we teach and lead for our patients and clients.
So what does it all mean? You better get yourself educated and committed if you want your kids to follow. Let them see the efforts you put forth, and let them understand the reasons. I have some friends, where the dads obey no rules on an ongoing basis. Those kids are going to trust that rules are meant to be broken in respect to food. Simple.
One point that I made, is that food as a reward, creates an emotional tie to food. Then of course, Wyndi knocked it out of the park with a comment on food that mirrored a Facebook post I made earlier in the week. Food IS emotional, and Traditions are Emotional and Traditions are often Food. So figure out how to win that battle when the value of Thanksgiving is somehow measured by the quality of the pumpkin pie. I mean seriously… do you expect to gain control and confidence over healthy eating with that mentality?
Or – “well, its a birthday, of course we eat cake”. If you eat cake at every persons birthday this year, you will eat enough trans fat to kill off a colony of mice in a year. Is this tradition worth it? Every year it seems I am strict on the Straight 60 during the Fall now… every season I don’t eat pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, and pumpkin bread through Fall. But you know what? This year I decided that if pumpkin grains were something I wanted, I would make them myself over Christmas in lieu of cookies. Boom! New tradition started.
The reality is that I am an incredible alternative grain baker. Yeah, pretty darn incredible. Ha. I mean, if you give me some eggs, some aluminum free baking soda, a package of coconut oil and coconut flour. Toss in some stevia or xylitol (caution the total use of this), with a can of organic pumpkin… I am going to bake you a winner. A little raw heavy whipping cream on top and you’ll sing my praises… but not because I am good. Rather because it is easy.
So, look for this video to be uploaded soon… coming very soon. If you follow the Facebook pages of HealthSprout or 60 Day Turnaround, you will see the announcement, and you can watch this workshop on video. Til then…
Be blessed and Be well! - Dr. E