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Several months ago, I received an email from Cai Dixon, a very friendly mother who came up with the idea of Copy Kids, asking if I would be interesting in reviewing their ”Copy Kids Eats Fruits and Vegetables“ DVD once it was released. This sounded very interesting to me and I have been waiting with anticipation for the release (read about Copy Kids in the media). Well, it came in the mail last week and I have been playing it for Anneliese almost every day since then.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical as to how well it would work on my baby because she can be pretty stubborn. The concept is pretty simple though- monkey see, monkey do. I am shameless to the fact that I like to brainwash my child, so this is right up my alley. But, is it really so easy to just show your baby that other children are enjoying their vegetables, and your child will enjoy them too? Well, Anneliese answered that question for me.
I was surprised to see the excitement she had about eating a raw bell pepper just because she saw the children on Copy Kids having a grand time eating them. We went to the grocery store the other day and I let her pick out her own bell pepper, then when we got home she went over to her television. I played the Copy Kids DVD and she immediately started munching her bell pepper along with the children on the DVD.
I started to laugh because I was so amazed that she took to it so quickly. As you may remember, I have a goal to get my family eating more fruits and vegetables, so this was a big encouragement to me. I love the ”Copy Kids Eats Fruits and Vegetables” DVD and think every parent needs to show it to their children.
Where to buy it: You can get the DVD right now at Copy-Kids.com with free shipping in the U.S. By the way, this DVD would also make a great gift for a friend or family member. (In the meantime you can check out their YouTube videos and see how well your children enjoy watching other kids eat fruits and veggies.)
As I mentioned in the New Year’s resolutions post, I plan to incorporate healthy changes in my life and that includes some tweaks to my family’s diet. We eat pretty healthy most of the time but there are some areas that need improving. I would like to encourage you to jump on this healthy eating bandwagon with me, if you are up to it.
Healthy Diet Goals:
1. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our meals. I have been buying more fresh fruits and vegetables because when I buy them fresh, I feel the need to eat them before they go bad. I want my baby to love fruits and vegetables, so I am trying to introduce a good variety of them into her diet.
2. Consume more protein and less simple sugar. One of the best ways for me to get more protein is by eating cottage cheese with pineapple as a snack during the day,since a half cup of cottage cheese has 11grams of protein. I am also trying to drink a glass of milk a day for protein and calcium, and eating more eggs (the best kind are free range).
*According to recent scientific studies, most Americans do not get enough protein from our high carbohydrate diets. Eating plenty of protein helps build lean muscle which can help burn off fat. Also, it makes you feel better. Type 2 Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S., and one of the ways to prevent it from getting worse is by cutting down on simple sugars while increasing our protein intake.*
3. DRINK WATER! If I forget to drink enough water and I get dehydrated, I develop horrible headaches which occasionally turn into migraines. Dehydration can also cause poor memory function, irritability, and various aches and pains. I am trying to drink water more regularly throughout the day and encouraging my family to drink water too.
4. Cut down on processed foods and excess preservatives. I am tired of preparing packaged box meals with unknown ingredients and a slew of preservatives in them. I have also stopped buying snack cakes and “questionable” hot dogs. I have been encouraging my husband to cut down his soda intake too.
It is not easy to change bad eating habits, especially when they taste so good. I have never loved to cook and prefer to take shortcuts whenever possible. So, I am trying to stop buying prepared meals with little nutritional value and make wholesome, well-rounded meals for my family instead. If you want more tips on how to make the transition toward healthier eating habits, then I highly recommend reading Fit Moms for Life, which also includes some great recipes and meal plans.
Now it’s time for me to prepare some lunch: baked chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots, all made from scratch. Do you have any goals for eating healthier this year? What do you think of my family’s new diet plan? I would lover to hear your advice or suggestions.