I have mentioned before that we have been on a mission for the last few months to clean up our eating habits. We have eliminated High Fructose Corn Syrup, hydrogenated oils, and food coloring from our household. We have also gone what we are calling "home vegetarian" in an effort to reduce our meat consumption and increase our reliance on veggies. It is going really well and while we are serious about it, we are also realistic that there are times when you have to cook meat for a family gathering, or when schedules dictate a trip to a fast, and unhealthy, food drive up. Under the theory that we eat SO clean at home that we can have some wiggle room when we are out, we allow ourselves to eat what we want when we go out - but we do try to limit how often we go out.
I have curbed my own fast food habit drastically in the last few months, and the truth is, it doesn't really taste that good to me anymore. But the mental desire for that kind of food hasn't completely left me yet. I am a work in progress!
As for Sage, we have managed to teach her wonderful eating habits since day one. She requests veggies over sweets, has never had more than an accidental sip of soda, and more recently...and here's the part where the student becomes the teacher...has started to monitor my eating habits and admonish me for my bad choices.
It is not that I try to lead by words and not example, I work very hard to eat as I want her to eat, but again, lifelong addictions to caffeine, and fast food are hard to break.
It all came to a head last night. Tired from working on a sewing project together all afternoon, I suggested we run up to the local drive-up restaurant for dinner. She quickly began telling me all the reasons we should not eat it. When I suggested that she could choose to eat the fruit and walnut salad or something else on the healthy end of the spectrum she began quizzing me on what I would make for my choices. When I answered I was in the mood for a burger and fries she about lost it. "Mom, how can you choose to eat that 'isgusting food? Why can't you eat fruit and walnut salad too? Why can't we just go somewhere healthy?" "Sage," I said, "we do not eat badly that often, it is ok to have it every once in a while." "But mom, that food is not good for your body and it can make you sick...you don't want that do you?"
Wow, what a punch to the gut! My four-year old just turned my words back on me and I had no escape without undoing all of my hard work at loving healthful, clean eating. Don't get me started on her opinion about my diet soda habit...
We made soup and sandwiches at home for dinner :-)