Thursday, February 16, 2012

Today's Eats, and Pictures Coming

I am feeling really good lately! Remember those pictures I took of myself a month or so ago when I was feeling awful about my pants not fitting? Well, now they fit. And soon, I am going to take new pictures in those pants and post them with the 'before' shots. It makes me feel good :)

Today my little one is home sick from school. She had a high fever and has been resting all day, which means I, too, was forced to take a day of rest. It's been very nice! I do wish she felt better though.

Today's lunch was a delicious omelet filled with turkey sausage, fresh steamed asparagus, baby portabella mushrooms, and low fat cheese. That with a cup of iced green tea really hit the spot! I also enjoyed some Greek yogurt later to round out my protein choices, and just finished a snack of heart-healthy pistachios. Eating well is very satisfying!

Not much else going on today; I had a phone interview with a writer from CNN for this article yesterday. I will have to do a post on that topic later, as I have much to say about it. That's all for now!

12 comments:

birchgirl said...

I read the article on CNN ... very valid points.

skinnyhollie said...

Someone on FB posted this article, and I wondered if it was you! Awesome!

Karen said...

Glad that you are speaking up, Lyn.

Diabetes and obesity cause life long , threatening diseases. We can be part of the problem, do nothing, or be part of the solution.

So glad you are speaking up on a national level. Bravo!

MizFit said...

YOU
ROCK.

Anonymous said...

Actually my child's school is pretty healthy. Those things that you speak of...are they everyday? Nope. I still think parents are ultimately responsible when their kids are overweight. Kids are home waaay more than they are at school. Your argument is not valid.

Mina said...

I really like this new mindset of yours! I have a good feeling about it, you are going to rock! I love reading about the new meals you are discovering, it’s helping me find new things as well :)

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

Of course parents are ultimately responsible, but teachers and coaches do have influence that matters. For example, I taught my children not to eat sweets before lunch. I taught them about having a SMALL sugar portion as a special treat sometimes, but only after a meal. When they go to school and are given huge frosted sugar cookies AND red licorice ropes at 9:00 in the morning for a class party, that isundermining what I have taught. At 6 years old, a child should not have their teacher offering foods that contradict basic healthy eating habits. Kids admire and love their teachers and coaches and this makes them wonder about what their parents taught them.

It doesn't have to be every day. But at least once a week this is an issue if a child is in sports or classes that do this, and it happens at least several times a month in school (candy as rewards, birthday cupcakes, class parties, etc). A child won't become obese on one cupcake a week, but they WILL have a change in attitude about sugary foods that can lead to wanting more and thinking it is "okay" to eat them at times and frequencies that are really NOT okay.

Human In Progress said...

I was a fat kid and find all the theories swirling around out there (in public policy circles, in blogland) confusing to this day because of my own experience.

I have one fat parent and one effortlessly skinny parent. I have four siblings. We all ate the same stuff at home and attended the same schools, ate the same school lunches, etc. Much of our food at home was processed and the school food was not ideal, but also not as bad as many children apparently get at public schools today. We all played outdoors a lot because we lived in a rural area.

Yet only my older brother and I were overweight as kids. He and I are now obese adults; the other three siblings are not as skinny as our skinny parent, but they maintain an average build without much effort.

Where does the "blame" lie for me and my brother? On our parents? Maybe so--they could have fed all of us better, or perhaps they should have made separate meals for my brother and I. (I'm glad they didn't do the latter; I'd probably have even more mental baggage about food today if they had.) The funny thing is, to an outside observer, my parents could be blamed for the problems of my brother and I and simultaneously applauded for keeping three of their children slim. They must be doing something right to produce three slim kids/three slim adults, right? Or is it: they must be doing something wrong to produce two fat kids/two fat adults, right?

Blame the school? The school environment seems totally irrelevant to my case. I think back to stuff like Valentine's Day, when we received candy from class parties. My brother and I would eat it all as soon as we got home from school; our younger brother, older sister, and younger sister could keep their candy for weeks. Is the problem, then, school parties that involve candy?

Clearly there was something about my brother and I that made us react to food differently than our siblings and most of our peers did. We wanted more than the others, we ate more than the others, we couldn't be satisfied with a normal portion of something like cake or pizza. This was true from a young age for the two of us, so I attribute it to the hand we were dealt genetically.

What he and I needed--and what we didn't receive--was information about how we could operate intelligently with a body wired like ours (with its particular challenges), in a world where sugary kid's cereal and Valentine's Day candy and birthday parties exist. We needed to be taught without being made to feel inferior or freakish.

This means more than a presentation of the food pyramid in health class. And it means more than parents saying "no ice cream for you; here's some celery to snack on." It means individualized, patient, sensitive coaching from someone, anyone: a parent, school professional, medical professional, whatever works.

Unfortunately, most adults are too busy trying to figure out which other adults are to blame for rising child obesity rates to do much good for the kids that need help. Now. Today.

I'm not saying school and home environments don't matter at all, that role models don't matter at all. But tell me, what would you have prescribed for my brother and me, when other kids seemed to thrive in the same environments and with the same role models as we had?

Lyn said...

Human In Progress~

Thank you for sharing your story. It's so true that this whole issue is not about blame, is not entirely about any one thing (like parents or schools or education). I think you are spot on that what you needed was someone to teach you and help you understand the way you were. How to function. I was a thin child, but I wish I had that, too. Maybe then I wouldn't have grown up with this insane love for junk food.

Despite my own struggles with obesity, all of my kids are thin or healthy weights. I don't take all the credit for that; surely genetics from Dad played a big role. I think it is essential to teach kids how to eat well, and I just wish the teachers and coaches in my childrens' lives had the same views on that as I do.

Human In Progress said...

There's so much to think about here...that you were a thin child, but developed a love for the junk food you were fed as a kid and subsequently struggled with those foods and your weight as an adult is interesting, because it's not the typical "fat kid, fat adult" kind of scenario that my brother and I are in. I can see why you would be concerned with adults giving your (currently thin and healthy) children the kinds of foods that caused you problems later in life, in portions and frequencies that you find excessive.

It would be interesting to hear what the teachers and coaches themselves have to say on the subject. Have you ever asked them? (This is not meant to sound snarky and confrontational --I know you are involved at your daughter's school, so I am wondering if you might have already done so at some point.)

Since the teacher who gives out cupcakes on Wednesday doesn't talk to the soccer coach that gives out candy on Thursday, and neither one talks to your kid's friend's mom throwing the ice cream-themed birthday party on Friday afternoon...each adult probably thinks of the treat they are offering in isolation and wonders "what's the big deal?"

Lyn said...

Human In Progress~

You're correct, they all think of their treats in a bubble. Once a week is no big deal. And I can see that, in the case of a sport where the kids were just out running for an hour and they get a cookie afterwards. I do think the 9-10am school candy/cookies/cupcakes has GOT to stop, and am currently talking to folks at the school to try and find a compromise.

Human In Progress said...

I wish you well with that. Our classroom birthday and holiday parties were always in the afternoon, midway between lunch and the end of the school day. 9 a.m. is kinda scary.