Last week, we spoke about our food "deal breakers" the stuff that we absolutely cannot abide, when it comes to our kids. I loved reading your comments, as well! Since we're in such a sharing mood, I thought I would share a confession, as it relates to food. You see, while we try to stay balanced with regard to the food we have in our house, when I am at work, well, it's a different story.
Perhaps it's rationalization, perhaps it's the hectic workday pace, or some exciting combination of the two, but I find myself eating differently while I'm in the office. I mean, yes, I generally still have a reasonably healthy salad for lunch, but it's just that from around 10 AM onward, I turn into some sort of voracious snackmonster. Chips! These tiny delicious mints! A cookie the size of my head! AN ACTUAL, LITERAL BARREL OF (HONEY WHEAT) PRETZELS. They are all invited to the party on my desk! Oh, and let's not forget the assorted showers, parties, and birthdays that carry with them a whole host of baked goods, and the occasional ice cream cake. It's a wonder I don't keel over from some sort of sugar shock.
After all that, I then come home and hide my sordid little secret with roasted carrots, and Brussels sprouts, and baked chicken. All of which I really ENJOY, mind you,and absolutely love eating and making, but my guilty conscience kind of weighs on my mind. I don't really worry about my kids being sheltered from junk food, and not knowing how to handle themselves in the real world, or anything like that. (Like I mentioned, we do have some junk in the house.) I just feel this vague sense of remorse, since I tend to eat mayyyyybe on the...not so great side during the day, all the while striving for a real sense of balance at home.
I wonder if any other parents face this. Maybe it's more prevalent for parents like me, who work outside the home (all the easier to hide the guilty-making treats!), but I suppose pretty much any parent, despite the healthy food they put out for their kids, can have their own guilty snacks, when they're kids aren't looking.
What about you? Are you generally consistent in your eating habits, or do you occasionally sneak something you wouldn't keep in the house/give your kids?
by Wish2BeApril 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM
I totally eat differently at the office ! I think more healthy than at home.
At home on the weekends I usually skp a meal or I will get potatoe chips for breakfast because I am busy or lazy...its sad but true. At least my son eats well.....most of the time.
by millerbunchApril 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM
i may indulge in sweets when they are in bed or school when i know they won't bother me..lol
i do not really hide them.
by Rushn311April 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM
I am a junk food person and so is the hubby/kids. I am trying to get healthier foods/habits in the house, but it's not something that is easy for me to break since I've been doing it for so long.
by LancesMomApril 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM
I try not to buy the stuff in the first place, but somehow it does end up getting there. Like Easter... somehow we had jelly bellies and robins eggs. I had to send my kid to work with them so they could eat it and not me!
by elasmimiApril 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I definitely sneak. I stop by starbucks for a frappe and a cake pop (or two) a couple of times a week. Also have a plethora of yogurt shops where you add your own toppings, yummm.
April 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Really good white chocolate is my guilty pleasure, but I usually wait until the bar is almost gone, and then bring it out and let him have a pc anyway, lol. I dont mind if he has some, but instead of a pc, he wants the whole bar, lol.
by LOswald0314April 13, 2012 at 3:15 AM
I try to be consistent and I'm definitely more picky about what my kids eat than what eat!