Welcome to the official AP Month 2010 “Full of Love” Blog Carnival. Please browse through the submissions below. Each post includes an excerpt as well as a link to the full post. Please note that the links will open in a new window. Enjoy the posts!
This year’s theme is “Full of Love: parenting to meet emotional and physical needs for children.” The focus is on raising healthy kids and childhood obesity prevention. It is no secret this country has seen a rise in childhood obesity but I really had no idea how bad it was until I looked at some of the statistics available on the AP month site.
Not only will you be shocked by the facts and statistics but the articles on obesity and attachment will surely open your eyes. Studies have shown links between insecurity and obesity, early trauma and obesity, and even how attachment styles can affect eating behaviors.
In our family we believe that fresh, nutritious food is the basis for healthy living. Good food gives you energy and keeps you feeling well. When my first son was born, we lived in San Diego, where fresh, seasonal, and local organic food was abundant and easy to find in almost every grocery store. We recently moved deep into the Mojave Desert, and the food landscape is very different. We live in a town that exists solely for the military base here, and there is no agriculture, no manufacturing, and no farming. Everything we eat or otherwise consume has to be trucked in from at least one-hundred miles away. Thankfully, there is an organic farming co-op that services our region, and we get the bulk of our groceries from there. Every week we pick up a box a fresh fruits and vegetables, and as well as purchased add-ons like meat, dairy, nuts, and herbs. It requires more planning because I have to order our food in advance. But it’s good quality, fairly priced, and we can taste the difference in every item we receive.
As parents, we want to do our best to ensure our kids are “filled up”, both emotionally with lots of hugs and responsive care, and also physically with a balanced diet of healthy foods. It is easy to have good intentions, but the reality of actually getting those needs filled can be more complicated than we bargained for, especially when it’s so easy for children and adults to prefer ice cream to broccoli.
Lose weight. Exercise. Eat better. Well, sure, those are great ways to take care of yourself physically, but when you’re barely taking care of yourself at all because, say, you’re a parent to a young child or an older child with school and homework and music class and soccer, when are you going to fit in at least three workouts at the gym and how are you going to cut fat,cholesterol, carbs, processed foods, and sugar out of your diet?
First, I began taking an omega 3 supplement because of the link to improved mood. Then, I started to take walks with Jax after work because of the link between sunlight and activity to improved mood, not to mention increased vitamin D production for both me and Jax.
When it came time to announce the theme for Attachment Parenting Month 2010, I instantly knew I needed to be involved in the blog carnival. This year’s theme “Full of Love” is designed to help us all understand that challenges that come with raising children who know how to make healthy nutritional choices. For me, the challenge is a bit different as I’m the one with the problem and so I’m writing about how we’re focusing on healthy eating for the whole family.