Watching my two-year-old eat this past weekend made me think – I should learn to eat like him!
The great thing about kids eating is this: they eat when they are hungry, and stop eating when the are full. Duh, why didn’t I ever think of that? My kid tells me when he’s hungry, and then puts his food back when he’s full, even if he still has food on his plate! It sometimes makes me wonder if he’s really my kid.
Another thing I noticed is how slowly he eats, which I’m sure has to do with the whole “getting full and not needing to eat my whole plate of food” thing. Friday night we both had a bowl of pasta (his sprayed with butter, mine with salad dressing). Of course, his bowl was about 1/3 the size of mine. And of course, I finished my whole bowl before he had taken maybe five bites. I’m constantly telling myself to slow down when I eat. What’s the theory, that it takes 20 minutes to start to feel full? In 20 minutes, I easily could eat a salad, full meal and dessert! Hey, me, slow it down!
I also noticed that I make sure he has fruits and veggies with every meal; something that I definitely don’t do for myself. It’s important to me that he eat balanced meals, but admittedly not important that I do the same. Yesterday he told me he wanted chips (after already eating some). I replied by asking him if he wanted an apple or a banana. He said chips. I said apple or banana. He said banana, and later ate the apple too. Later, I wanted a snack, and had some crackers.
So why am I so determined to keep him healthy, but not willing to keep myself healthy? I feel like I need to retrain myself on how to eat. I have plenty of fruits and veggies in the house; there’s no reason I also couldn’t have eaten an apple.
I’m not really into the whole psychology of things, but I think maybe it also has something to do with not wanting him to face the weight problems I have (not that I had them when I was two!). Hmm, so maybe then, I should add to that by setting a good example. I think I’ll start right now.