This month marks the first ever Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. With over 23 million kids ages 2 to 19 being obese or overweight, this truly is an epidemic that we all need to be aware of. As a mom of two small children, my perspective on this issue has shifted as I actively seek to teach my kids about what healthy eating looks like. Let me share with you a little of what I have learned in the past three years that a classroom could never teach me.
I underestimated the ability of children to have a wide palate. I almost did it. I almost gave into the “Mommy and Daddy will eat this adult meal while the kids have their choice of chicken nuggets, pizza or hot dogs” mentality. That was until my son at two years old asked for a bite of my salmon one night at dinner. He ended up eating almost the entire filet. My 17-month-old daughter can’t get enough edamame or any other beans for that matter, the more flavorful the better. I can’t believe I almost fell into the trap of limiting my kids to such a narrow concept of food. I’m so glad I didn’t!