New South Wales
There are many approaches to the family diet. Personal Trainer Erin Wait, who is pregnant with her first baby, explains why she’s focussing on a healthy diet while her baby is still in her tummy!
I’m 7 months pregnant with our first baby and what an experience it has been so far! A lot of people like to offer advice and opinions to pregnant women, and to be honest I’m grateful for the advice that I have been given because some of it is has been wonderful and I can take as much or as little of it as I like. The one thing that does grind my gears is when people go against my personal philosophies, especially when it comes to nutrition. It’s so important to my husband and I that our kids eat healthy, nutritious food from the very beginning.
My husband is a nutritionist and we are both personal trainers. I believe we have pretty high standards when it comes to our nutrition and how we treat our bodies.
My husband and I both eat diet based around protein, good fats, carbs from veggies & fruit. We avoid processed food and eat as naturally as possible so why would I want my child to eat any other way? But when I explain my plans to raise my child the same way, I always get the same reactions.
When I hear things like this, I cringe because I know many mothers that give their kids extremely nutritious foods and have no problems at all.
Why would I want to give my kids unhealthy processed foods when my husband and I don’t eat them? Why would I reward my children with unhealthy processed foods? Why would I let them have something like that as a ‘treat?’. Don’t get me wrong Dan and I am NOT perfect and yes we sometimes will eat gelato or enjoy chocolate (dark 70-85% ha-ha) but we do try and buy the best quality with minimal ingredients. I believe that if you give your child something unhealthy they will have the ‘taste’ for it and then you’ll never hear the end of it. I believe that if I don’t start off right, my kids will never learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
You’re probably thinking ‘Oh c’mon, life’s short, aren’t you EVER going to give your kids something unhealthy?’ Well YES, of course that will happen, kid’s birthday parties are inevitable, where parents still buy pizzas, soft drinks, chips and lollies for the kids. But providing healthy meals on a regular basis is easier than you might think. I have family members and friends who give their kids amazing and nutritious meals.
So why would I go and buy shapes, muesli bars, cereal, flavoured milks and soft drinks? Why would I give my kids McDonalds as a special ‘treat?’
All these foods contain added sugar, preservatives, thickeners, emulsifiers, additives, trans fats and who knows what else. Most of these foods are made from chemicals and are usually on special at the supermarket! I’d rather spend an hour in the kitchen preparing food that’s nutritious, delicious and healthy! Yep, we will be a household without bread, milk or cereal!
Everyone has a choice and this is ours. No judgement, please.