I recently started working 1:1 with a nutrition coach. I’ve always been a healthy eater. Recently, I’ve cut out sugar and focused more on healthy foods and timing of nutrition. When I felt I had done all I could on my own I hired a coach for a few months.
Now I’ve weighed some foods before and eyeballed even more. Let me tell you the first time you weigh or measure peanut butter or almond butter you question everything you ever thought you knew. And then you cry just a little inside and out.
I look at the portion sizes people take in and scream and die on the inside. People literally have no idea what they are eating. In turn, their kids also are not learning what they are eating.
One of the women on the facebook page for the nutrition program I follow (Working Against Gravity) posed a question if other Moms in the group worried about what their kids though about them weighing and measuring their food.
At first I was like eeehhh good point. Then I thought a bit deeper. I thought to myself “This is a great teaching opportunity!”
Kids take in so much from their parents. Food, eating habits, nutrition and wellness are no different. I figure it this way, parents who weigh and measure their food can potentially cause the same harm or good as the parents who quadruple the dosing for their children. It is all about the perspective.
The way I look at it is for parents who are healthy and weigh and measure food, they can teach their children about what is necessary in order to properly fuel their bodies and grow up healthy. Teach them what veggies, healthy protein and carbohydrates are and what they do for their bodies and mind.
Not teaching children about healthy portion sizes and food can have just as much if not more a detriment than showing them that it matter. It results in kids growing up not being able to identify what broccoli or cauliflower is, or eating 16oz of pasta when a serving is 1/2 to one cup, eating 10oz of steak or chicken when 2oz gives you 15 grams of protein. 10oz of meat= 75g protein. CRAZY! My daily requirement on any day whether it is a rest day or I’m in the gym being active for 2-3 hours is 120g.
Like I said, people have NO idea what they are eating. As long as we as adults have no idea what we are eating– we pass that same message on to the next generation. I guess my final statement is that we shouldn’t shy away from teaching kids about healthy eating. If they don’t learn to form healthy habits, it will likely result in unhealthy habits and behaviors.