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    Talking to teens: Healthy bodies

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    Consistency and example

    I am a Latino mother of 3 children, 2 teenagers and one 7years old. What makes it work in my house is consistency and example. You cannot ask your kids to do something you wouldn’t do. I don’t back down when it comes to (bad) food, and if you ever want to know why you should not eat something, I will be unapologetic. Bad food is a treat in my house. I bring my examples of diseases in our conversations; some of them are related to their eating habits, such as diabetes, which it runs in the family. I want them to see food different, and unless they are “starving”- greens, protein, and some carbs should be on your plate, and portions should be balanced (teenager boys eat a lot). My teenagers feel the difference in their bodies when they eat out, and too much food. My 7 year old asked the other day: what is a Twinkie? I turned around and looked at my husband and yes, I felt proud as a mother. … And I am going to tell you why I think the Twinkie line was a shocker for me. We were living in AL for about 3 years, I have a tendency to ask my children what was for lunch at school, my oldest one who was in middle school then said that particular day, "I had a fried Twinkie," among other things he mentioned. I about lost it and I told him not to EVER do that again. My oldest one loves flours and breads. He is in college now, and I have to tell you planting that little seed of self-consciousness has paid off, and I hope he stays that way, so when my little one asked that question, I felt redeemed. :)

    Gabriela Gilner
    Virginia Beach, VA
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