My resolution: Eat as well as my kids

February 3, 2011 by  
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“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:

“It represents concrete steps that families can incorporate into their everyday lives to improve their overall health and well-being.

Steps like controlling your calorie intake.

Increasing the calories you burn by moving more and sitting less.

Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

And eating less sodium, sugar, and saturated fats.

If we want to become a healthier, stronger, more competitiive country, we need to give the American people the tools to make healthy choices.”

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