When our girls were infants transitioning to solid foods, I pureed homemade baby food and was so diligent about more veggies and less fruit sugar to ensure a healthy palate and nutritional foundation for our children. But they grew up (surprise!) and now make a lot of food choices outside our home, on their own terms.
This made me feel so out of control, I’d end up in a pile of tears feeling defeated that my hard efforts were all for naught.
In the midst of one of these painful moments, my hubby put his hand in mine and declared a truth:
What’s most important is that our children know what’s healthy and what’s not.
As he continued to explain his point-of-view, I could feel myself relaxing. I can control the knowledge I share with my children; I cannot control their actions.
I moved from baby food purees to blending morning smoothies. Unfortunately, my smoothies became fruit sugar carb-heavy in order for my kiddos to not taste the greens.
It feels amazing to fill them up with all that goodness in a balanced way. Two of our three girls choose to drink it almost every morning (see below for their favorite flavors). And the other will occasionally ask for one.
Now when I get triggered with that out of control feeling, I focus on what I can control and lean on the knowledge we’ve shared with our children over the years.
Even when they make unhealthy choices our hard work for a healthy nutritional foundation is still worth it! Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are leading causes of death in the United States(1).
Keep going. Focus on what you can control and bask in your progress over perfection.
P.S. Dairy-Free Favorite: Blend 4 oz water, 1 ice cube, ¼ frozen banana, 1/2 packet DF Chocolate Shake, and 2 Tbs PB Fit protein with 1 opened capsule of probiotics, 1 scoop immune booster, and a ¼ scoop of greens. Dairy Favorite: Blend 4 oz water, 2 ice cubes, and 1 scoop Chocolate Mint Shake with 1 opened capsule of probiotics, 1 scoop immune booster, and a ¼ scoop of greens. The flavor combinations are endless. For a fruity shake, add a scoop of fruits without the sugar to a vanilla or chocolate shake base and enjoy. You can even make DF Ice Cream!
1. Center for Science in the Public Interest. Why Good Nutrition is Important. Accessed here on May 22, 2019.
About the Author: Dr. Sue McCreadie
Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue) is a board-certified pediatric physician and mom of three, with two decades of experience helping thousands of families achieve vibrant health naturally. In her pediatric practice, she helps children achieve health naturally by adapting their diet and lifestyle to optimize their genetics. Since transforming her health through a science-backed nutritional system, she helps moms enjoy vibrant health by customizing the nutritional system to fit their needs and busy lifestyle. www.DrSueMcCreadie.com