I knew I needed to go there with my family but I’ve been avoiding it. I’ve affectionately called it, ‘The Final Frontier.’
I don’t ever want to arbitrarily restrict any food in my home. From time to time, Kraft dinner, hot dogs and Doritos show up in my kitchen. It isn’t because someone snuck them into my house either. I buy them. No one has threatened or bribed me to do so. I buy them because they taste good every once in a while and my family likes them. I want my children learning before leave my house, how to eat less than ideal foods. If I censor, ‘unhealthy,’ foods in our home, I suspect I will have created children who crave these flavours not only because of taste but also because they were forbidden. They will jump at the first chance they get to try every drive through, buy mac & cheese by the case and guzzle soda. We have chosen to build the foundation of our diet on veggies, fruit, whole grains, lean protein & healthy fats. Eating this way does allow for less nutritious food choices from time to time. We try and eat the foods we know we should 80% of the time and leave 20% for other things.
Usually this works really well for us, but lately, I’ve been taking a hard look at sugar and habits that are forming around it. This is our, ‘Final Frontier!’
The biggie for me is sweet treats and dessert after supper. This has become the norm rather than the exception…especially with the children.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I went out for date night. My husband, he is a good guy – a really good guy. He heard my struggles with the family habit – which we ironically discussed over dessert – and agreed to challenge the kids. We decided that as a family, we will avoid sweet treats or dessert after supper. I’m not saying it is going to be easy. I believe it is important though. This is our family challenge for the month of February. So far the kids haven’t protested the idea although, they have been looking for loopholes. We decided that if we are invited to a birthday party or someone else’s house for supper, we would allow an interruption to the challenge. If nothing more, we are creating awareness and interrupting our habits. It is my goal to re-set our expectations around sweet treats and see them as a, ‘sometimes food,’ once again, instead of a daily expectation.
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