This weekend I had two boys in my house all weekend. Steven is 10 and Hunter is 4. They are my great nephews. We watched movies – both on Netflix and in the movie theatre. We played in the park in Stanhope, where I got to swing on the swings. We visited a friend and counted the elfs in his store. We went to Ames and played on the jungle gym outside of a store (actually a railing) while our friend was inside, we ate at Culvers. We played video games. We read books, we made up stories. We were kids.
We cooked food at home. I made spaghetti with vegetable spaghetti – they didn’t know the difference and I liked it. The jello was sugar free. The water was ice cold (no soda pop in my house). At Culvers I ate my sandwich without the bun, and they didn’t care.
Do you see where I’m going? There’s no need to make excuses for your food choices. You get to decide how you want to eat. It’s just another choice. Most people don’t care. As long as you are not imposing your choices onto them, they could give a rat’s patootie. In fact, they really don’t want to hear how important it is to cut out sugar, and why white bread is so bad for you, and how this will change your life. They are way more interested in hearing about what you think about what happened in France. Or how your grandchildren are doing.
So try this. If someone does ask “why are you eating like that?” say “oh, it just makes me feel better.” Either they’ll have more questions or they’ll say ok. My bet is on the ok. Which is just fine!
And trying hanging out with kids more … the movement is fun!