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Do you find yourself sabotaged by the wonderful little people we created? Or maybe you don’t even realize that they sabotage us?
If you are trying to lose weight, and have younger children, chances are you don’t even realize all the little bits, bites and licks that we take each and every day while feeding and caring for them. They all add up, a lot faster than we realize!
When my kids were little, I could not for the life of me figure out how I couldn’t be losing weight with what I was eating in a day! Until I started writing down everything that went into my mouth! WOW was I in for a surprise.
The little people would have a cookie, someone would leave half that cookie laying on the counter so YEP, I ate it.
They would have a pudding, I’d take a small “taste” of that oh so wonderful chocolate as I handed it to them.
That quarter of a grilled cheese sandwich they didn’t touch? Why wouldn’t you eat it? Or a few of those Cheese crackers as you put them in a bowl for them? Or that last fruit snack in the package (you do realize these have virtually no real fruit? Just a whole lot of sugar?)
Ever made cupcakes for one of their functions, and as you decorate your perfect project from Pinterest that is sure to be the envy of all the other Mom’s, your licking the excess off your fingers, or the spoon? Been there, done that too! Raw cookie dough would be my downfall.
All the while you are eating SO healthy, chewing on celery and carrot sticks and can’t figure out why that scale isn’t moving like you think it should be.
As parents, we tend to set a goal to eat healthier, lose weight etc. We fill the fridge with fresh veggies, salads, low fat/sugar dressings for ourselves. But we usually don’t include our children and or spouses in this. This is where we sabotage ourselves.
Children learn to live a healthy lifestyle from US, their main caregivers and mentors. They watch what we’re doing, what we’re eating, how were behaving, and they mimic all that we show them.
If we give them a choice between a cookie and carrot sticks for a snack, I can bet what the majority of them will choose. So, we need to give them better choices such as an apple or carrot sticks for that snack. Instead of chocolate pudding in a cup, make some great tasting Avocado Chocolate pudding. Our kids are now older teens/young adults and they even love this recipe. We have put the recipe for our Avocado Chocolate pudding at the bottom of this post.
Change out that high sugar Ice Cream for dessert, and instead make your own with plain Greek yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit and a little bit of Stevia to sweeten it up.
That way they are not only eating much healthier, but when you are dipping into all those extra bits, bites and licks, they will also be healthier for you!
I can hear some of you already, “Oh yeah lady, are you going to come deal with little Susie’s meltdown when she doesn’t get her favorite cookie” Nope, I’m not. After having 7 kids, I’ve already dealt with all the meltdown’s I care to deal with in this lifetime.
Our children can also benefit from the 80/20 rule! So maybe that favorite cookie can be a special snack once a week?
Change causes crisis, and crisis causes change.
So yes, you may have to deal with a few tantrums or some grumbling by changing the way that they eat also, but the big question here is:
Do you want your children to be the healthiest that they can be? Do you want them to learn to make healthy choices now? Or would you rather they struggle like our generation with being overweight? Unhealthy? Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes? Or other diseases that can be eliminated by living a Healthy Lifestyle? I’m betting not.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Calories: Approx. 275 per serving
1 Avocado ripe
3 Tablespoons of unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 Tablespoons of Honey or Maple Syrup
5 Tablespoons of Almond or non-dairy Milk
Nuts (your choice for topping)
In your blender put:
Cut Avocado into smaller chunks and add.
Add Cocoa powder, Honey or Maple Syrup and Almond Milk.
Start on low speed and increase to high speed until smooth.
Refrigerate and serve cold.
You can add a banana into the recipe. You may need to add a bit more Almond Milk.
Add 50 calories per serving if you add a banana.
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