My sister said the kiddies could pick a snack before they went to bed, and after a lot of debating between creamies and popcorn, we decided on some popcorn. (Don't tell my sister that I actually just let them have both...) I served up a lil' bowl of popcorn for each kid and we talked and laughed. I LOVE the funny things that kids say. They are so honest. While we were snacking, the conversation with my niece went as follows.
Savy: "Meggie. When are you going to have a baby? You need to have a baby...I want more cousins to play with." (Don't worry this isn't the first time we've discussed this topic)
Me: "OK, who should the dad be?"
Savy: "It doesn't matter what his name is, he just needs to be a husband."
Me: "Well if you could pick his name, what would it be?"
Savy: "Ugh...it doesn't even matter. I just want cousins. Just find a husband."
From the mouth of babes? I guess so. She isn't kidding around. ;)
So, between talk of babies, bites of popcorn, and licks of creamies. I remembered how incredibly sad I'm going to be when my sis and her family move back to Austin this August. Reconsider Linds? I'll babysit all the time...promise!
I laughed as the kiddos ran away from their half eaten Creamies and partially eaten bowls of popcorn to find something better to do. Why can't we adults be like this? I want to eat like a kid again.
As a child I...
- Filled my plate but never finished it. (My mom always said my eyes were bigger than my stomach.)
- Ate until I was full and then was done.
- Was more intuitive
- Practiced moderation...for the most part (We all know kids have crazy candy binges every now and again.)
I feel like for the most part, I know there are some exceptions, kids are intuitive eaters. I think us adults are the ones that change that in them. While there are times when all kids want are sweets, and some kids are definite, "eaters," most kids eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full.
I feel like we could revert back to our childhood ways and help ourselves out in the eating department.
- Don't clean your plate just because you have a plate of food in front of you. Eat what you have if it's good and worth eating. If it isn't or if you are full, be finished with it. Far too often we just keep eating because food is there. Do you ever see kids doing that? Not usually...
- Maybe don't finish everything? Just saying. I have heard people say they have stopped overeating habits by trying to leave a few bites of everything on their plate.
- Ask yourself if you're really hungry? Are you eating because you think it's a scheduled time you should be eating, or are you really hungry?
- Try the bite method. A lot of times when kids eat, even with sweets, they are happy to just have a bite. Then it's off to find something better to do.
- Find something better to do? Instead of snacking like it's your job...find something better to do.
- Get excited. You know how kids are ecstatic over having a treat? Are you that excited when you have a treat? Or have little sweets lost their umph because you have so many? Maybe cut back on your sweets/indulgences so when you actually do have them you enjoy them! Moderation baby.
Do you eat like a kid? or have you turned into a plate cleaning, second portion devouring adult like most of America? Are there some kid like eating habits you could adopt back into your lifestyle?