Before we started eating clean I felt like such a crappy mom. I gave in to my children's requests for crappy food because they never wanted the carrot sticks or apples I offered. They wanted chips, Cheetos, fishies, cereal, fruit snacks, Fruit by the Foot, pretzels, wheat thins, cookies, graham crackers. Why did I give in? Because I didn't want them to starve. And I didn't know what else to put in their lunches. I knew it wasn't good but I didn't know what else to do. But I'll admit it, the bad-mom-guilt really, really got to me. It was always bringing me down and had me hating on myself.
I'm so glad I don't have to feel that way anymore. Actually now I feel rather pleased with myself. The satisfaction when my kids ask for healthy snacks and foods is amazing. I love, love, love it when my kids say, "Mom, can I have an apple? Mom, can I have oatmeal for breakfast? Mom, can I have some more carrot sticks? Yay, we're having (insert name of healthy dinner here) tonight!" Who knew that feeding your kids this way could make a mom so happy.
Tonight I walked into the house after a trip to the grocery store and my son said, "Yay, Mom bought bananas." A year ago he would have said, "Where's the chips? Did you buy chips?"