I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body, and soul. For our family it means that we are making an effort to eat healthy every day. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice. 99% of everything we eat is Organic (some things are really tricky to find Organic.) I love growing our own food, that isn’t always possible, but we try to support local farmers as much as we can. Eating seasonal is also something I’m aiming for, (my wallet like that.) I cook our food from scratch, making sure that I know what we eat. Eating good is a priority. We like good food, that also makes us feel good. We live an active lifestyle.
My daughter is not used to eating a lot of sugar. Before the age of two she hadn’t even tasted candy, cookies, or pastries. I believe that sugar is an acquired taste. I have not encouraged sodas, or candy. I’m trying to be balanced about it. I don’t say no when she’s offered a treat now (at age 5,) from someone trying to be kind, but I rarely buy her sweets. When she was younger I did say no. On the other hand, my daughter can have any fruit or berries, fresh and dried that she wants when we go grocery shopping. She eats lots of strawberries and blueberries every day.
On special holidays she’s allowed to have anything she’s offered, while we’re visiting friends and family, and we often bring something sweet with us as well. There is no guilt associated with eating sugar (candy, sodas,pastries and desserts,) but she knows that if she’d eat it every day, she wouldn’t have enough energy to do all the fun things we like to do. For Valentine’s Day, I let her choose something that she wanted to bake. She thought about it for a couple days, before choosing heart shaped vanilla cookies, with strawberry topping. We found a recipe together, before going to the grocery store.
I encourage her to be as independent as possible. To think for herself. It makes me so proud when she has an idea, and make it happen by herself, from idea to finished product. From choosing the kind of cookies she wanted to make for Valentines Day, to finding the ingredients at the store, measuring the ingredients, mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, and decorate the cookies. I did help her read some words that she didn’t recognize in the recipe, the rest she did all by herself, and she was so proud of herself… and I am so proud of her! We bake together every week, but it’s usually bread. I love the fact that time in the kitchen together can include both math, chemistry, and reading. Sometimes even history, and geography, when we read about a place, or an historic event associated with a certain dish, that we try to make ourselves after reading about it. Making learning fun for my daughter is high on my priority list, and I’m constantly trying to become better at it.
This post is part of the weekly photo challenge Sweet. I’d love to see your take on the challenge! Feel free to leave a link to your post in a comment. I’m trying to look at all the entries, but just in case. I don’t want to miss yours!