Facing Your Fears

Rest Day

Monday night I sat and watched Biggest Loser while eating my beloved Cadburry eggs. (I’m not sure how I always manage to eat the most unhealthy thing during BL). Anyway, the episode talked about the contestants facing their fears. The point that I took away from it was to show the contestants that they can do whatever they want in life, that they are strong, able people.

The Biggest Loser - Season 14                                                                            Source

One of the younger contestants, Bingo’s (about 12 years old?) fear was vegetables. He asked his mom if vegetables were made in a factory! He had no idea where vegetables came from. His mother told Bob (trainer) that when he was a toddler he never liked veggies so she stopped offering them to him. (FYI The mother later made some delicious dinners filled with vegetables and he ate and enjoyed them)

Bingo

Bingo

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I was shocked. I think one of my fears is that as the cook in the house I won’t create enough healthy opportunities for my family. I fear that some of the healthier food is too expensive.

Yesterday I went grocery shopping and decided to take my time and really scope out all the aisles for healthier options. I wanted to find things that as a family we already eat, and then find a better choice. I wasn’t able to find everything, but I found some great items.

Instead of the sugary granola bars that I normally buy( NutriGrain, chocolate chip chunk, etc.) I tried Lara Bars(BL talked about them, so they must be good;)) and Clif Kidz Z Bar. They have less sugar, more protein, fiber, and fewer ingredients. My bill was also $25 cheaper!

Light oatmeal for breakfast

Fiber Spaghetti Noodles

Almonds

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Josh didn’t even notice a difference with the Spaghetti noodles, J loved the Lara bar, and I’ve enjoyed snacking on almonds instead of Oreos=)

I hope to incorporate more healthy options for my family. I want J to grow up knowing that healthy food can be tasty. I have a lot to learn, but I’m willing.

I’ll end with this picture because I can’t remember the last time J fell asleep in my arms. This happened yesterday and I soaked up every last minute of that snuggle time=)

Josh thought he had a black eye in this pic, nope just sleepy ones

Josh thought he had a black eye in this pic, nope just sleepy ones

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

What are some of your fears?

Is this week going way fast for anyone else?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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22 Responses to Facing Your Fears

  1. Yeah I think if you start them out eating healthy they will get used to that as the norm. Growing up my mom always made ground turkey in all her dishes instead of beef so I honestly never knew the difference (and still prefer the taste of turkey in spaghetti, tacos etc over beef!).

  2. My favorite snacks are veggies with hummus, fiber one bars, fruit, peanut butter and crackers. I don’t have a fear related to food, but I do have an irrational fear of horses and I have a fear of hearing people eat/chew (I get unbelievably anxious).. I’m bizarre.

  3. ha – I do the same thing while watching BL – eat the most unhealthy things! Crazy how that happens. Good for you for making some healthier changes. one of the things I always tell parents is that kids taste buds change every day so if they don’t like something one day to keep offering it to them! A true thing to remember for us adults too. 🙂

  4. That is so awesome that you have been incorporating healthy meals and snack options for your family! 🙂

  5. jumpeatrun says:

    favorite healthy snacks = sliced bell peppers, carrots + hummus, grapes…any fruit at all really 🙂

  6. kendraalleen says:

    i think everyone eats unhealthy food watching biggest loser 😉
    we eat a lot of fruit and veggies. my kids love snap peas, carrots, mini sweet peppers, celery, broccoli (if there is ranch), radishes and cucumbers. my little man eats sweet potatoes and cooked veggies too (my daughter doesn’t like many cooked ones) but i always keep a nice big fruit bowl with apples, bananas and oranges and then whatever else is onsale.
    we also eat a lot of clif bars (my kids don’t like the kid ones) and odwalla protein bars (i find these at whole foods or even walmart produce section).
    and then of course whole grain goldfish.
    my biggest fear has always been getting fat and everything that would come with extra weight i.e. high blood pressure, diabetes, swelling, etc.
    as a mom my fears have grown to include my children and all the fears that go along with having them and raising them to be healthy, happy and loving adults.

  7. Favorite healthy snacks are fruit, string cheese, and cottage cheese with garlic pepper (sounds weird but I prefer savory over sweet) and it’s delicious! And I’m afraid of heights, yikes!

  8. beachsiderunner says:

    I’ve been trying to eat healthier too. I can get carried away sometimes with chocolate and cookies so I’ve been eating a lot more fruit and veggies for snacks instead of crackers and sugary granola bars. I’ve also hears Lara Bars are awesome. I have yet to try them but I’m planning on it.

  9. I can totally relate to this fear. We don’t have kids, but I can’t imagine being responsible for instilling the food values that are going to last them a life time. I really like regular Clif Bars and Luna Bars are great for women (both from the Clif company). They really sustain us on long hiking trips.

  10. My jaw dropped! I can’t believe he didn’t know where they came from. Wow, you don’t realize how sheltered some people are.

    You have to keep introducing these things to kids, this is actually heartbreaking.

    I hate snakes and interval training, lol.

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