So to start with the end in mind I have to ask, how should we measure success for healthy family eating? Is it the amount of nutrients we get the kids to eat, the extent that we avoid the bad stuff, the amount of local organic produce we consume, the speed with which dinner flies onto the table, or reduced levels of whining? Those are all good things, especially the last. But if I had to pick one goal, it’s establishing positive food habits. This is because of math.
Key point: I expect my kids will live outside my home for 2-4 times longer than they live with me, and if we can teach them to appreciate food, make good choices, love vegetables…those habits will carry over into all those years, and even beyond as they influence their own families and friends.
Does my math make sense? Are my numbers right? Or is math part of the Axis of Evil, as Will Ferrell once claimed (in character of course)? What goals matter to you, either for your own kids’ health, or for your own? Please let me know in the comments below.
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