Friday, April 10, 2009

Health Nut

It's been a while since my last post. I've been finishing up some projects and trying to drum up new ones. Lest I bore you with my tales of networking madness, I'll just leave it at that.

In other news, I'm trying to get my kids to eat healthy. Until now, I haven't gotten on the healthy eating bandwagon. I mean, I've always had the boys eat apples and grapes as snacks, and fixed a vegetable with dinner (although, admittedly, it was often mashed potatoes.)

But I didn't take it to extremes because so many people already do. They'll make crazy statements such as: "When my kids come home from trick-or-treating, I throw their candy in the trash!"

And I'm like, "You're making some real memories there. (And don't think those memories won't bite 'ya in your skinny butt when your kids grow up.)"

But apparently America's children face a wee bit of an obesity epidemic. Actually, a really big one. So I'm trying to pass on some healthy eating habits to the whole family.

Richie is the easy one. They had a half day yesterday. I offered the boys a roast beef sandwich, and he said, "No thanks. Beef is bad for the world."

He must have learned that at school. I love beef, but I can't argue that it has its bad points.

"How about some white fish?" I asked.

So he ate a plate of baked fish for lunch.

Johnny, on the other hand, is a huge meat lover. I mean, we live in Barbeque Land. He has a vegetarian in his class, and it is such an anomaly to him that he brings it up at least once a week as dinner conversation.

"Olivia would not like this dinner!" he'll say as he chews a huge bite of pot roast.

For J.J., the whole health concept is rocking his world. I've been telling him things like, "You know what's good for your tummy? Apples, grapes, carrots, oatmeal..."

And he's like: "Do you know what's good for my tummy? Cookies!"

I'm like, "Um, not really."

And he's like. "Cookies are good for my neck."

We haven't given up cookies, by the way. I think if you grow up in America without cookies, you feel like a deprived child. Heart healthy...but deprived.

The key is to add, not take away. (Which might explain why my own diet isn't working.) So we're adding fruits and vegetables.

Here's a bad sign of how I didn't do this enough in the past. I put a pile of fresh spinich in a pan to cook it, and J.J. said, "No, you don't eat that. Those are leaves."

And then he said, "We don't eat carrots. Bunnies eat carrots."

But we actually do eat carrots. It's one of those veggies you always have on hand. I guess whenever I put it on his plate, he thinks I'm confused. "You're a bunny right? Oh, wait, no, you're a boy."

I've got a lot of work to do to impart health knowledge to my children. But I think I'm making some headway. J.J. just said, "That's enough time on the computer, mom." Maybe one day, they'll throw away my Halloween candy. (Hey, hands off, kids.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if you could get JJ on the health wagon...the HEOS are like those wild african animals you see on discovery channel and are just flaberghasted by how much they eat. The health nuts just don't understand their needs.

"Elephants eat 40 lbs of peanuts a day. And this animal, known simply as JJ in western Missouri eats four hamburgers, two hot dogs and a six pack of coke for breakfast. Michael Phelps, eat your heart out."

JJ would even eat those health nuts, but he doesnt like the taste. Tofu and soy milk are like poison to him. He would actually like a smoothie made of A-1, BBQ sauce, chocolate and beer.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just a big help! I thought those 12" chocolate bunnies and various other chocolates to fill a basket were standard. Thanks for the great Easter brunch! loved the spinach and crab egg caserole! love, mom

11:55 AM  
Blogger Tim Higgins said...


Having reach an age and stature (OK bulk) when eating healthy should be more than a guideline, I find that I am hopelessly lost.

I do however, try to eat from the four food groups every day: Chocolate, Carbonated water, Partially processed Corn Syrup, and Red Dye #3. Being in Hershey, PA last week right before Easter has presented a challenge this weekend, but I am doubling up on my dye intake to balance my diet.

I know that it's important for kids to eat vegetables, and I know that you will make your best efforts. Remember however that if eating greens are so good for you, why do cows get so big?

7:48 PM  

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