I had an apple cider donut today, so that must mean it’s pretty much FALL! We have big plans for some apple picking and pumpkin carving over the next month or so. As much as I adore summer, this is a fun time of year! Here’s what I dug up this week:
As much as I love the convenience of buying pre-made cold brew coffee, this guide to making it myself just might win me over.
I did something so scary and liberating this week: I THREW AWAY OUR SCALE! Yep. It’s gone, and so is my preoccupation with an arbitrary number that has no bearing on my health or my worth! 💪
On a similar note, I will be writing an email to my son’s Kindergarten teachers about the language they use at school lunch. When I pick him up from school, he hops into the car, and we have a little chat about how his day went. Most of the time, I get very little information. But on Tuesday, he shared how his lunch went. He said that he didn’t have time to finish everything in his lunch box (normal and expected) but that the teachers told him to “eat his good foods first” and save the “treats” for later. Why is this problematic enough that I feel the need to send an email? Because when we start labeling foods as “good” or “bad” or “treats” or “rewards”, ESPECIALLY around our kids, we’re setting them up to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Foods are not “good” or “bad”. I understand why the teachers do this, though. They have a limited amount of time for these little kids to eat lunch, and they want the kids to eat the most filling, satisfying, energy-giving foods first in case they run out of time. They’re saying this with the best of intentions. I just think a shift in language is important here. Instead of telling the kids, “Okay, eat your good foods first!”, maybe talk about the foods that are the “main course” or the “snacks” and help them figure out what in their lunchbox could fit into those categories. Or talk about “growing” foods instead of “good” foods: the foods that will help them grow or that grew from the earth. And then if they have time, they can have those snacks. Most of the time, my son won’t finish his lunch in the time he’s given, and he’ll eat the rest in the car on the way home (we have a good 25 minute journey, so plenty of time to munch). Anyway, this turned into a long bullet point - but just wanted to share this experience in the hopes that it resonates with any of you who are also navigating school/daycare lunches with your kids. 💕