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Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Can Keep Up With The Kardashians But Not Laundry Post

Well, I really thought SPRING was here.  Instead, I have this overcast business outside.
I didn't even feel like bothering to step outside in this late March snow spritz.  Mother Nature, you are a mean lady.  Until then I will be obsessing over The Royal Wedding and my growing concerns in regards to childhood obesity.

When did we stop taking time for dinner?  Fifty years ago mom might have been staying at home and started supper in the afternoon so by the time little Johnny and dad came home the three sat and had a meal together. This was the idyllic, almost Norman Rockwell-esque picture that encompasses Americana.  

Why is childhood obesity a shared problem?  The LA Times reports.  
The meals served at school don't help, but we as parents need to set the example and be held accountable.  In our over-scheduled lives, how do we find the time and skills to make nutritious meals while following a budget?  Plan my friend, plan, involve your family into what the upcoming week's schedule looks like, what days you need take out and what days you can have a meal at home.  

Here are some more tips:

  • Limit fries to 1-2 times per week  or bake your own.
  • Cut the bacon, cheese, and added mayo to take out sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
  • Download Fast-Food menus and stash in the car, keep entr√©es to <500 Calories per person.
  • Limit pop/soda, juice, Kool-Aid, etc to no more than 3-4 times per week. 
Don't do this all at once, pick a few goals, save a little money and some extra room in your jeans.