Yesterday, as my nine year old son and I were driving home from a fun afternoon of swimming with the family we got into a pretty deep conversation. A conversation in which we discussed the fact that once you have children every decision you make in life has to be decided with your children in mind.
Although my son and I weren’t talking specifically about health related decisions our conversation could have easily included this topic.
Everyday I have at least one child in my lap happily eating off of my plate. They may have been served the very same meal but everything tastes better from Mommy’s plate and when eaten while sitting on Mommy’s lap.
I welcome my children onto my lap during meal time because I know these moments are fleeting and I want to absorb every last minute with my children while they are young while I am able.
I also welcome children on my lap while I eat because it encourages them to eat what I am eating. I have found that my children, especially the toddlers are more likely to eat vegetables when they see them on my plate and enjoy them from my lap. I want my children to learn to love a wide variety of foods from a very young age so I always allow them to sit on my lap while I eat.
Knowing that a child is more than likely going to wind up eating from my plate also gives me incentive to choose more wisely when I serve myself a meal. I aim to set a good example of foods to eat and others to avoid based on the choices I make throughout the day.
I eat healthy because I owe it to my children. They deserve to have their Mom around for as long as possible and my life expectancy is directly related to the foods I choose to eat each and everyday.
I owe it to my children to teach them healthy eating habits from the time they start solid foods.
I owe it to my children to exercise regularly so that I am healthy and live longer.
I owe it to my children to welcome them with open arms when they want to eat from my plate.
I owe it to my children to set a good example with the foods I eat.
Every decision I make, food related or not takes the well being and happiness of my children into account because I owe it to them. All 7 of them!
I live a healthy life because I owe it to my children!
Where is your motivation to live a healthy life?