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"But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me."

Your kids see what and how you eat

 

By Heleen Woest

How do we teach our children that beauty is not skin deep if we don’t even believe it ourselves? How does our kids learn to eat healthy if they see us eat junk food or starve ourselves? How do we change our lives so that our walk follows our talk?

Face it not many of us belong to the elite club called “the beautiful people.” Most of us just rank somewhere in between. We’re not monsters, but we are not model material either. So why do most of us still strive desperately to be beautiful? I’m not talking about a beautiful spirit that is gentle and kind. I’m also not talking about a beautiful heart for the weak and poor, or a beautiful mind that invents and creates breathtaking objects. No, in our society, if you mention beauty it mainly entails physical appearance as portrayed in the media and enforced by the masses.

Now I know a lot of people have written about this subject, and we have all heard the “horror stories” that make us feel a little better: The average mannequin would never be able to bear children, and fashion designers cater for size 2 to 12 while the average woman is a size 14 (I’m talking real women).

So we are pretty well informed about the need to change this superficial outlook on what is “beautiful” by now. Everywhere around us we see the efforts of people trying to stop the rise in obesity and eating disorders. We as parents do our part to impress upon our children the importance of healthy rather than skinny, getting physically active rather than going on a diet, and eating for wellness rather than outward appearance.

However, if you as a parent still find yourself stuck in a rut of overeating, binging and starvation, your well meant words to change your kids’ eating habits might have no effect. Unfortunately we teach mainly by example. Children are little observers and they will follow your example long after your words have fade away. If they see mom skipping meals, binging on sweets, and not making a real effort to exercise, they will probably follow suit.

Please hear my heart. I have been in that boat for many years and I know the horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach, realizing that your food addiction is rubbing off on your kids. We never want our children to suffer, we would rather take it all on ourselves. However, taking care of your addiction, getting out of your bad eating habits and learning to love exercise is the biggest gift you can ever give your children. It will make you a better, happier parent, because you will not be so preoccupied with food and the struggle surrounding it. But more important is the fact that you will have a heritage of a healthy lifestyle to pass on to your kids. And for those of them who already struggle with food, you will be an example that there is freedom and one can overcome this painful and humiliating way of living.

If you are a parent who struggles with weight issues and food addiction then get some help today. Please don’t put it off, it affects you and steals your life, but it also cripples generations to come. Come have a look at my program for women struggling with food addiction and eating disorders.

I am a mom and nothing gives me more joy than to know that I am no longer leading my kids along the road of self destruction that I walked for way too long. I know now that my kids see what and how I eat, so I should set a good example by taking care of my own health every day.

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You can get help for yourself or a loved one through my 12 Week Online Study Course. I’ve compiled this course from my own experience with food struggles, insight and understanding I’ve gained through counseling ladies in my support groups, Biblical principals, as well as material I’ve gathered by well-known Christian authors, counselors, and doctors. This study is jam-packed with information, practical guide lines and honest testimonies.

 

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You can get help for yourself or a loved one through my 12 Week Online Study Course. I’ve compiled this course from my own experience with food struggles, insight and understanding I’ve gained through counseling ladies in my support groups, Biblical principals, as well as material I’ve gathered by well-known Christian authors, counselors, and doctors. This study is jam-packed with information, practical guide lines and honest testimonies.

 

Click on the image below to learn more about the 12 Week Online Program

Read my story. Click on the image below to download my ebook for free