“Do what I say, don’t do what I do.”
Is this the rule we set for our kids at home?
It seems that many parents, while being particular about providing a healthy diet for their kids, are actually neglecting their own, according to a report in the USA Today. Am I one of them?
Sadly, I may be guilty as charged. I make it a point to prepare something healthy when the kids have lunch at home – and that is 3 days a week. The rest of the week I lunch on my own – on leftovers and whatever fast thing I can cook. Just a few hours ago, I had a lunch of spaghetti and had to force my self to eat half a red capsicum. And yes – I would sneak and grab a chocolate or a gulp of coke when my kids are not looking.
Back to the report, this trend seems to be quite common among busy working parents, even among the most health-conscious.
According to David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children’s Hospital Boston:
“We use the metaphor from airlines: You put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others. We have to take care of ourselves as parents before helping our children. A mother who is overly stressed and malnourished herself will never be able to provide the best nutrition for her child.”
Indeed I am guilty as charged. My only consolation is the fact that I haven’t resorted to fast food or microwave food yet. And in exchange of cooking a real meal for myself, I go jogging
But definitely there is much room for improvement in my dietary habits when my children are not around. This is why I making this one of my New Year’s resolution.
In relation to this, the updated 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was recently released. According to a speech by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: