(ummm. that was for PUFFER FISH but OK.)
I’ve talked before about the fact we DON’T do food sneaks.
We all need to do what works best for our family and, for us, *sneaking* in the health means the
Husband Tornado isn’t *building* healthy habits.
We are big fans of the open sneak—but that’s not what we’re chatting about today.
Today we are focusing on the H-WORD.
The word which, thanks to peer’fluence, the Tornado suddenly associates with less-than-tasty and more-than-a-bit-vitamin’y.
Cue sad face.
It’s not that she’s refusing the healthy foods (yet).
Right now, I’m still offering up choices (ones where I’m OK with either option) and mostly letting her choose her foods.
Sometimes she chooses the trashtastic, yet I’m seeing how her eight year old body *knows* what it needs and is sending messages to tell her.
Recently, after a crazy Saturday filled with Running for a Better Oakland and softball, she was famished.
She eagerly said YES YES YES!!! to an offer of burger & fries yet later, as we lolled in bed chatting about her day, she moaned her belly didn’t feel so good.
Are hamburgers not healthy, Mama? Are french fries bad for me? Are they not healthy? Is that why my belly hurts?
It was in that moment of fly-by-the-seat-of-my-yoga-pants parenting an idea was born.
I’m not so much a fan of the word HEALTHY lately. I like F.W.B. Food with BENEFITS.
I can’t lie to you. Here’s where I also spontaneously broke it on down into singing WHO’S DOWN WIT’ F.W.B.?
And a game was born.
No longer did she ask the annoying Is this healthy? (<—-annoying to me. no faking the happy here. the constant barrage of that query became exhausting to this intuitive eater.) as the next morning it shifted to:
Is this a F.W.B.?
And a game was born.
Now the Tornado
examines foods with an eye to What are its benefits? versus a generalized Is it healthy?
Will this help me poop better? Are there vitamins for my eyes in here? Fats to make my hair shiny?
It’s a welcome change from the *sighed*, distrusting:
Is this healthy food, Mama?
Not surprisingly, the more she learns about the foods shes eating (Who’s down with F.W.B? Yeah you know me!) the more she chooses ones which *benefit her body* rather than sap her strength.
Lay it on me.