Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Tomorrow is a big day in our house... the day that we say NO MORE SCHOOL LUNCHES.

I can't consciously do it anymore. If HEALTH is going to be the new focus for me and our family, and if I am going to start making healthy changes... my kids need to be on board, too!

When I approached them yesterday about packing HEALTHY lunches instead of eating school lunch, my two youngest children were thrilled! My oldest was indifferent, probably because she tends to eat (and like) more junk than the other two. But she is also my child with a weight problem, so she really has no choice in the matter. This is what is best for her.

So this morning they all wanted to take their lunch, but I realized I didn't really have anything that was "lunch-box ready". This afternoon we went to the grocery, and I made it a family affair.

We went up and down the aisles, and I asked the kids to give me ideas of healthy food they would like to have. We bought:

baby carrots
natural peanut butter
string cheese

There was a few other things that I forget, plus some staples like whole wheat bread. I already had stuff like sliced turkey. And I figure I can start making more meat at dinner so we can all have leftovers some nights, too. (Any lunchbox suggestions are welcome!)

My kids were so excited to dig out their lunch boxes. The younger ones kept coming in to check on me while I was packing their lunches so they could see what they were getting. It really made me excited, too!

So, right now, in the 'fridge, there are four lunch bags packed and ready to go!

I realized while I was doing this that now that I have committed to preparing my kids lunches for school, I have NO EXCUSE not to fix mine, too! By helping my kids, I am also helping myself! And I can also start practicing what I preach to my oldest daughter, and hopefully help her get on track. She is only 12, and I will not give up on her. I don't think it's too late to start helping her make good decisions about food. Look at me... I am 33 and I have done a 180 degree turn-a-round in just the past year!

When I was on Weight Watchers, I LIVED OFF processed food. One year ago, I started to learn more about clean eating and have totally transformed. I no longer eat processed food. Ever. I had also given up sugar and caffeine... but I let that creep back in. But even during my "off periods", you can't find frozen dinners, FiberOne bars, and other "low calorie" stuff in my cupboards. I still stick to my "shop the perimeter of the store" rule. Sadly, the only time I buy stuff that is processed is for my kids to eat! I am so guilty of buying them chicken nuggets and frozen pizzas for quick meals. NO MORE!

And I am also vowing to stop the fast food. What good does it do to not bring sh*t into the house to eat if I am driving through McDonald's and buying pizza all the time? I can't very well brag about not buying junk for groceries when I am smuggling in the bad stuff in other ways.

One other thing... the binging has to STOP. My children know I am a binge-eater, and I have to stop allowing them to watch that happen. Would I allow my children to watch me smoke dope? NO. But when I come home with a dozen donuts and a bag full of chocolate - they know it's on! My little one calls it "treat time". That is the only time junk like that comes in the house. I don't want them to expect that pattern. Healthy eating... binge... healthy eating... binge... I want my kids to start expecting treats that have NOTHING to do with food.

I can feel some REAL CHANGES happening for us, and for me. It will take time, I know. But the time is NOW.


  1. Way to go on such a healthy plan for your children! I wish someone had done this for me when i was young.

  2. This is great!

    Have you heard about Laptop lunches? I bought one of these for myself and love it! For kids, they inspire cute and healthy lunches and for dieting adults, it keeps portions small and makes lunch fun! Google it, I'm obsessed with them!

  3. Sounds like an awesome family plan!

  4. Making real home-cooked meals is wonderful. It can be tiresome at time, I know. A really inexpensive and easy dinner is baked chicken. I buy a whole chicken, rub some Brummel and Brown (made from yogurt), salt, pepper, and lemon on the inside and outside and bake for 1.5 hours at 350 degrees. We have more than enough for dinner, and it makes yummy chicken salad sandwiches for lunch the next day!

  5. I'm also a fan of laptop lunches... its so cool that you can really take salad and leftovers... and all in the same thing instead of having several containers.

    I say way to go on bringing the whole family on board! When I have kids I intend on teaching them the right way to eat.

    Also.... taking lunches is not only healthier... but it teaches you a pattern that will help to stop so much eating out.... and end up with more cash in your pocket!!!

  6. Good for you. Our town has "healthy" school food (all whole grains, no french fries, fruit, etc) so I don't pack lunch, but you're doing the right thing for your kids.

    Also,I took the no fast food pledge for my whole family years ago. We're all much better off without it.

  7. Your plan is such a great one. It makes me feel bad.. But thats good!! It makes me accountable! I too am guilty of the shop healthy for mommy but buy junk for everyone else in the house. I LOVE reading your blog, because you your insights give me insight, I'm so glad i came across this blog.

    I wish you much success as always and look foreward to your ideas for incorporating this so i can steal them!!!


  8. Great move ! Sadly the lunch move would not work here- children are not allowed to bring lunches from outside sources ( in a move to cut down on violence, drugs and school hour drinking). While I totally understand and applaud your policy to only shop the perimeter of the store , I want to share with you what one comedian said . " I was told to shop the perimeter of the store , and I was all about that ! That is where the Bakery and liquor departments are !!" . I think that rule needs a bit of refinement for a lot of people !

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  10. I don't have small children at home anymore, but I do pack myself a healthy lunch everyday if I can. If I have to eat out I try and choose healthy. I think it is great that you are trying to get your kids to learn healthy habits.

  11. Hooray for fresh healthy and whole food for you all! You will notice a difference, for sure! Good job!!!

    My only son who insists on still eating a school lunch (the middle school has a lot more choices, at least) is my uber-athletic skinny-muscly-not an ounce of fat son. LOL Go figure. I pack one for everyone else.

  12. I love that you are involving your whole family in eating healthy - how cute that the little ones were so excited about their lunchboxes! It is a big change, to always pack your lunch, but you really have control over what you eat that way. I've been doing it for nearly two years now and it takes me almost no time to prepare everything.

    Good luck and keep plugging along - you are moving in the right direction, Hollie!

  13. Good for you!! I have twins who will be starting school this fall and I too want to pack their lunches. I bought thermoses to heat leftovers in pack for their lunches. We are going to "practice" over the summer, packing hot or cold, leaving on the kitchen counter and then eating at lunch to see how warm lunch stays. I figure the more leftovers I can pack the more interesting lunch will be. Better than cold meat sandwiches every day.

    I'm looking forward to hearing how your big change is coming along!

  14. I like weight watchers for teaching me about portion control, but I hate it at the same time, because when I was on it I thought, "I can eat whatever I want as long as I stick to my points." I didn't just want to LOSE weight, I wanted to be healthy and I couldn't do that eating 'whatever I wanted'.

    This is so great! I love that your children are so excited by the change. I think planning ahead and having most food prepared the day before is KEY in successful weight loss. You are an inspiration!

  15. Hollie! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog! Now I am one of you followers as well!

  16. you are doing amazing things. Keep it up. remember that bingeing is emotions--normally. so just try to sit with those emotions. that's what I have been telling myself. you're getting there. make sure to keep involving your kids in their healthy food choices and you'll be amazed at their turn arounds :)

  17. I think it's great that you're teaching your kids some healthy habbits. Especially if you have a child struggling with weight. She will love you so much more later for helping her.

  18. Hi~ Just stumbled across your blog. Really good! And good info. Congrats on deciding to feed your kids home lunches! So much better for them!

  19. Thank you. I just came across your blog, and this post really spoke to me. My kids aren't school aged yet, but I still see the connections. I started out this journey focused on myself, but I'm seeing the connection to what I feed my kids more and more.

    I am also guilty of buying processed food for my kids. They're picky eaters, and sometimes it's just easier to give them something I know they will eat.

  20. Awesome Hollie! It's looks as though Jamie Oliver is rubbing off on you! lol

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  22. What a great blog! I came online looking for some motivation (I've lost and kept off 25 lbs for 2 years, but lately have been slacking and see the numbers creeping back up!). I found your blog, and LOVE it! I think your idea about keeping the entire family incorporated into the healthy lifestyle is SO important! And keep encouraging your oldest- she will see you making great choices, and will be sure to follow! I'm so pumped to have found such a great blog to motivate me!!!

  23. I've got one that will eat salad so I bought this special salad thermos container and the other one likes hot stuff so she got a thermos for that. Perfect for lunches.


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