Welcome to Clean Eating with Kids!
Before we get to know one another a little better, I need to be clear about what you are going to find here.
Yes, we eat Real food in our family, but ….
I like to keep recipes real simple. If it takes more than 30 minutes to prep, chances are you won’t find me cooking it. I’m a busy Mom and spending my time cooking isn’t #1 on my to do list. I do like eating though. So you can count on some tasty family friendly dishes made from Real food ingredients.
We don’t eat Vegan, Paleo, Vegetarian, Low Carb or Sugar Free. Hey, some days our meals will totally fit into any one or three of these groups, but not intentionally. Our family eats REAL FOOD made from quality, traditional ingredients. What this means is that we get to enjoy a wide range of delicious recipes without counting calories, feeling like we’re missing out or wondering what’s in our food.
There are many ways to eat a healthy diet. It’s easy to be confused about what we should be eating to be healthy. Google any of your favourite foods and somewhere there will be an article about how it’s making you sick. Seriously. Search Carrots and Sugar.
There is no One way of eating that works for everyone. Despite what anyone tells you (and they will tell you), or however scientifically convincing the latest food trend may sound. If you feel deprived or like ‘you are on a diet’, then I can tell you now it’s not working for you.
If you are looking for a new diet, or a long list of Do’s and Don’ts, then this isn’t the place. I’ve been down that path many times. Fad diets, crazy food restrictions and unhealthy relationships with food. I’m not doing it again and I’m hoping to teach my children that there is a better way.
Food is important. We know that what we put into our bodies does matter. As parents we are responsible for the food that our children eat. Not the government, not the supermarkets, not the media. Us. Parents. At least 3 times a day we need to decide what to eat, 365 days a year. It starts to add up. And it starts to matter.
I don’t believe you need to be a nutritionist to know how to eat. And on that note, I’m not a nutritionist.
Yay! I feel like we are friends already.
Let me introduce myself properly.
My name is Carey. I’m a Mom to four gorgeous children (they take after their Mom ). Like you, I raise my kids in the real world. One day they will leave home and they’ll be free to make their own choices without me looking over their shoulder. My hope is that I’ve given them enough tools and knowledge to make it all a little easier.
I started Clean Eating with kids in 2014. I say ‘I’ because not everyone in my family was on board with it. We had reached the point where I couldn’t pretend that what we were eating was good for us. The only person who could start that change was me.
Over the past three years, we have continuously made small changes in the way we eat and see our food. It’s been a work in progress. When we started, my youngest child was already 6 years old. We had a lot of bad eating habits. My children had to learn to eat real food. Eat their vegetables. Drink Water. Know when they’d had enough. Eat their Vegetables (Did I already mention that?).
I had to learn how to say No when it mattered. And Yes as well.
What Clean Eating means to us.
- Clean Eating is about eating food made from real ingredients. It means choosing to eat food made from whole food ingredients like fruit, Vegetables, Whole grains and Free Range Meats. And yes, this includes sugar.
- We eat Real Food. Most of the time. There are times when we go out to dinner and I have no idea what’s in the BBQ sauce my kids are drowning their French fries in.
- There’s no calorie counting in our home.
- We don’t count nutrients. Kids eat food not nutrients. They don’t care how much protein, Omega 3 or iron is on their plate . Just Eat a range of fresh, whole good foods, and the nutrients will take care of themselves.
- We Eat fruit and vegetables every day.
- We Eat Happy meat. (Read this if you are wondering What on Earth is Happy Meat)
- Moderation is important. Treats are not everyday foods.
- Cook as much as you can. This means that you are controlling what goes into your food and into your body.
Making changes when you have children is never easy. They naturally dislike any change to their routine and changing their diet, especially one they are pretty happy with, may WILL be met with some resistance.
Hundreds of parents, myself included, have been where you are. Tossing up whether it’s worth the fuss or effort. You can put the decision off, but eventually, you reach that place where you know enough is enough. It’s time to make some changes.
Whether you’ve had enough of watching your child eat boxed chicken nuggets for the fourth night in a row, or if you are worried about their weight or tired making excuses to strangers or yourself as to why they don’t eat their vegetables, or maybe you just know you should be doing better. I’ve been there.
If you are still a little worried about making the change to real food, don’t panic. It took me a little while to get the hang of it. Take a little look around the website and read these posts first:
Here are some Articles to help you on your journey.
- What Clean Eating Means to Our Family
- Clean Eating With Kids Printable Shopping Guide
- 7 Tips for Clean Eating With Kids
- How I Get My Children to Eat New Vegetables
- Shopping Tips and Tricks for busy Clean Eating Moms
- 5 Things we found really tough when we started eating Clean with Kids