Since my Baby Bites post yesterday, I have felt a little uneasy. I feel like I did not do a good job of relaying the message I was trying to send.
I don’t want to sound like a Nazi (for lack of a better term).
I’m really NOT!
I’m not sure why I decided to label my standards as “food rules” either. I truly do not believe in “food rules” and as many a reader pointed out, “rules” can be damaging in the long term, especially to young girls. I need to be careful with my words.
I suppose instead of calling them “food rules” I should just say they are a simple set of standards that myself and my husband try to live by. As Laury, my dear blogger friend pointed out, the only “rule” there should be is there aren’t many “rules.”
I’m not quite sure why I didn’t think of this myself because when I think about it…it’s kind of how I eat anyway. I don’t follow any “rules,” I just give myself standards. I want the BEST. I don’t always get the BEST, but I try to keep that my standard as much as my budget and time allows. I feel this is a recipe for a healthy and fit future.
I don’t even tell my clients, or family, or friends to follow “rules,” so why would I do that to my daughter?
I guess since the first year of life is SO crucial to proper growth and development, I am a little extra particular. I just want her to grow up healthy and I feel being a little extra anal in the first year of life is acceptable. The more she catches on to the world around her, the less I plan to continue being so strict and anal. It’s not my nature. I am not that anal. I eat burgers AND fries believe it or not. I cannot expect her not to!
Setting a good example and being a good influence is top priority too!
And even though I want her to have the BEST when it come to nutrition and fitness, I also want her to have memories of us making Christmas cookies together in the kitchen, watching movies with buttered popcorn on a Friday night, and having a girl’s night complete with junk food; M&Ms, pizza, soda, and the like! I don’t want to make a big deal about those unhealthier choices either. I just want her to know that she will feel better when she IS eating healthy most of the time, but I don’t plan to preach. I just want to give small nudges in the right direction. I hope that by eating at home, she will know what the best choices are.
I hope I did a better job of explaining myself and my standards. I hope if you have been following my blog long enough, you will know that I only have the best intentions and I am not trying to sound superior by any means! That is not my nature either!
QUESTION: What are your standards? Do you follow “food rules?”