“Eat Like a Kid”

Come on, confess; you love candy. You want to eat chocolate. Cookies, Ice cream. And then there is the way you dialogue in your own head, that either allows you to do it some of the time, all of the time, none of the time. Everyone has their own inner dialogue; I call it ‘tape loops’ that they hear that get ingrained. Mine, after spending years dieting when I was a dancer were: “I shouldn’t eat that”. Of course, there was the rebellion from that by eating as much of it after a show was over, and I didn’t have an audition! I figured out a way to solve this rut and stop dieting, by learning how to eat every single food I loved. I got back to my stomach. I call it “Eating Like a Kid”. A particularly young kid, because kids early on, can stop eating from their belly, and eat to please mommy, or rebel from mommy or any such thing. As early as 2, kids can eat for reasons other than what their bodies tell them. I consult with so many moms who fret when they have very picky, small eaters. (Usually this is in toddlerhood, early childhood.) I encourage all these moms that in fact, they are doing the best thing as a Mom, to let their kids’ bodies guide them, that in fact when they are toddlers, they are as close to eating from their tummies as they will be and to give your kid good eating habits, is to help them to preserve that connection. To in fact, ‘eat like a kid’.

5 Responses to ““Eat Like a Kid””

  1. Karen Anderson on 12 Oct 2007 at 10:35 am

    Sadly my son had to take steriods a few years ago for a medical condition. As a result of the steroids he gained thrity-five pounds in six months. He would be planning his next meal when he was still eating his current one. It was devastating to witness this rapid weight gain. He was nine years old at the time and his friends made fun of him. But it was uncontrollable on his part. I worked long hours and his grandmother was caring for him after school and into mealtime. She fed him anything and everything he wanted. Which was mostly pepperoni pizza and coke and chips and salsa. I had no control over any of his meals. It got to the point that his health was going to suffer if this pattern continued. Then I had to take control. He finished the course of steroid treatment but he was left with his overweight body.

    I made a decison that the only way he was going to lose the weight was to get him away from his grandmother and her out of control indulgence of his every whim.

    I found new after school care for him and implemented a no flour, no sugar zone for six months. In that time he lost all of the weight he had gained and more. He is healhty and his weight is now in the normal range.

    We were not able to allow little treats because it set off the craving for more junk food during the detox phase.

    Now he can eat an occaisional treat: a cookie or piece of pizza. But mostly he eats very healthy foods and actually craves healthy food over junk!

    We had to make extreme lifestyle changes. His diet became the most improtant goal of our lives. After six months we were all changed for the better and now eating healthy is just second nature.

  2. holly on 13 Oct 2007 at 8:47 am

    hey I’m a kid i loooooooooooooove chocolate I’m obsessed with chocolate then my mother told me about your book i still loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove chocolate but i also like vegtibals and tea well thats because of my sister nicky

  3. Deborah Jane on 16 Oct 2007 at 3:04 pm

    I have absolutely NO problem eating like a kid! I eat healthy 5 days a week..and then I enjoy on weekends with my friends…

  4. lab munkey on 06 Apr 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Wow what a beautiful story. I have read your blog for a long time and have never posted a comment…It is no wonder that you often don’t open up comments with all the wack jobs out in this world.

  5. Atlantis on 09 Apr 2008 at 5:52 am

    Your blog make me chuckle from beginning to end^_^!! It sounds absolutely great to me. Your blog is my favorite one!

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