Anyone who knows me knows I have a sweet tooth, especially chocolate.
I grew up eating what I wanted when I wanted. Chocolate, sweets, crisps, fizzy drinks, chips. I ate before dinner, after dinner, snacks etc. I was over weight as a child and a teenager. I had a really unhealthy diet. My mum never thought I had a problem bless her. I was 12 years old and a size 16.
Aged 13 I started horse riding and volunteering at a riding stables. I soon found myself losing weight, not on purpose but because I wasn’t snacking and I was exercising. I started learning myself to have a healthier respect for food.
When I had children I was determined to bring them up with a healthier respect for food too. I have never stopped them from eating anything but what I have taught them is to eat certain foods occasionally, not be part of their daily diet. Sure if Miss M comes home with a small pack of haribos or a cupcake because it’s someone’s birthday at school I’m not going to stop her from eating it. I am sure my teen eats unhealthy foods at school with her friends, again I can’t stop that, what I want is for my kids to have a healthy respect for high fat sugary foods.
Friday has become our ‘treat day’. The day we will purposely go to the sweet shop and choose whatever we want to eat. A bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps or sweets is fine with me. I always buy myself a bar of chocolate too. It’s a celebration of getting through another school week.
Half terms we still do it. Just because we can lol!
- The dental surgery are happy with my kids teeth
- I don’t want my kids going through the stage of being over weight and being bullied or becoming unhealthy
- My kids don’t miss out on treats, it’s just limiting what they have but they choose what they want each week
- To have a healthy respect for high fat sugary food will hopefully help my kids when they grow up to still eat those foods occasionally.
- It gives us something to look forward too at the end of each week
Do you have a treat day too?