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    Posted January 7, 2014 by
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    Talking to teens: Healthy bodies

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    Everything in moderation

    Here's what I tell my kids when it comes to eating healthy:

    Everything in moderation. There's some parents that won't allow junk food at all-in the house, or otherwise. This is crazy town. As soon as a kid hits 18 they are going to be shoving chocolate cake down the windpipe faster than you and I can say marshmellow.

    Look, my son is a Type 1 Diabetic. We count every carb that boy consumes so that we can give him the correct amount of insulin, that his pancreas decided to just up and stop producing one sunny afternoon...

    We know what it's like to watch every meal, count the carbs, even the calories sometimes, but what's most important is letting them live a life that doesn't demean food, make it the enemy, or make it the motivator either.

    Food is there to sustain us. To give us life, so give us energy. Sure, I make a mean batch of double fudge ding dongs, but I'll give them a hefty helping of green beans with their baked chicken before hand...

    Kimberly Summer Denitz
    Santa Barbara, CA
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