How not to eat like a toddler

There is something that happens to mothers as soon as their baby starts solids, somehow we find ourselves turned into human compost bins.  Reaching for the leftovers of the things our kids don’t want to eat, leaving us with unwanted extra pounds we just can’t shake.

Eating like a toddler is fun, and so delicious, who wouldn’t want to be double fisting a cookie in one hand and a fry in the other.  That’s the dream!  but eating like a toddler during every meal is just not healthy.  Sometimes you have to be the adult and make better food choices and believe me I know how hard it can be when you feel like you have no time to eat, because you are constantly keeping your toddler out of trouble.

Yeah, having a little cookie here, and a chicken nugget there all seems innocent, but believe me all these calories add up,  most of time we don’t even realize we are doing it, leaving us wondering why we are gaining those extra pounds.

To me it’s more than the calories, I want to be as healthy as I can to be around longer for my children, I want to be able to run around and play without getting tired and not let them worry.

Before you reach for those leftovers! Stop, and think about what you are doing.

TIPS FOR NOT EATING LIKE A TODDLER

  • Have snacks prepared for yourself.  If you are not hungry you will be less likely to snack on your child’s plate.  Meal prep and have a lunch ready for you.  Or have a healthier snack/ treat around for you when you just really want to nibble on that cookie.
  • When your toddler is done eating, put it away for another time or throw it away.  You DON’T have to eat the leftovers.
  • Feed your toddler healthier meals, snacking on leftover broccoli isn’t as bad as a muffin would be.
  • Hydrate! Sometimes you think your hungry when you’re actually just thirsty.  Drink that water.  Your skin will love you for it.
  • Eat the same meals as much as you can.  When you’re eating the same thing there is no need to feel guilty.

Do any of you find yourself reaching for your toddlers plate?

 

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