Last Sunday I went on my normal grocery shopping trip. I made my usual rounds. I stopped at the produce area of the store. I was looking over the fruit and vegetables. I always grab whatever fruit and vegetables are on sale. Then I buy my kids a box of oatmeal pies. They are very close to each other. I headed to that area and looked at the box then I looked over my shoulder and noticed that they had some apples on sale. I had to make a decision. Either buy my kids this box of oatmeal pies or get a few extra pieces of fruit. I had already picked up some oranges and green beans. Now this was kind of a tough decision for me because my kids love their oatmeal pies. Not that they would throw a tantrum or anything. I just didn’t want them to be disappointed. I sat there and thought of how I have been wanting my family to be healthier so after a few seconds I decided to just put the oatmeal pies back.
Once I finished my shopping trip I headed home and told my kids of my decision. They didn’t even care. However I wondered how they would feel later in the week. On Tuesday I went to the store with my kids and picked up more fruit to make smoothies. Wednesday I was in the kitchen and noticed that we had two oatmeal pies from the week prior in the cabinet. While we were walking home from her school my daughter mentioned that she was hungry. I said that we had oatmeal pies in the cabinet. I actually hadn’t even thought of the fruit we had just bought. She said “Mommy, I don’t want an oatmeal pie I want fruit.” I immediately gave her a high five. I was so proud of her. My son has been asking for fruit as well. I’m writing all this to say that in that moment at the store I realized that I am the one who is control of what my family puts in their bodies. Since I am the one who does the grocery shopping I am the one who needs to make sure that we eat healthy. It also is telling me that while I complain about healthy foods being too expensive to buy that if I look for sales and cut out some of the unhealthy foods that we could probably have much healthier meals and snacks. Now I am not saying we will never have any sweets but they will definitely not be the first thing I pick up anymore. I am proud that I did it. What made you make the decision to go healthy with your family?