Thanks so much to all of you who submitted recipes! Not only are they healthy, but we have an awesome variety to choose from...dinner, breakfast, treats, appetizers, etc. We received nearly 40 recipes!!! Can't wait to try 'em out! Our families thank you in advance (as long as we don't screw 'em up)! Once we've tried them out, we'll announce the winners of the $20 Visa Giftcard and the Custom Vinyl Lettering. Don't cross your fingers yet...this could take a while!
But for now, the random number generator has spoken. ALYSON (the beautiful cake maker) is the FIRST WINNER!!!!!! Woo hoo!
And the prize is...still a surprise! I've had my eyes on The Something Store for a while. Interesting concept...you pay $10 and await your random gift. So Aly, check your mailbox...one something is on it's way! And please let us know what it is...I'm dying to know if it's worth the $10!
Now for more on FOOD! I was checking this blog on Monday, where Miz Fit talked about a diet that was all the rage years ago. The abundance diet. Have any of you heard of this? I guess the idea is that you stock your cupboards chock full of all the stuff you *can't* have. If oreo's are your weakness, you fill your cupboards with them. Slowly, your brain will begin to process the fact that you don't need to eat *all* of them right now (probably after eating *all* of them the first few times you stock your pantry.) They aren't a scarcity, so you eat less...there'll be more tomorrow. I kind of get this, but I'm not sure it would work for me. But maybe it would. Any thoughts?
The REAL reason I'm questioning this, is because I've never been quite sure how to handle sweets in my house. Honestly, we rarely have "treats" in our house. We have a definite abundance of snacks, just not sweets. Whenever we do have treats, however, my toddler is ALL OVER THEM! Which I'm sort of OK with, since it's not all the time. But the abundance idea made me think that maybe it IS OK to have them available all the time, so that they're not such a novelty.
We try not to use food as a reward. We don't say, "If you do such and such, you'll get a treat." We use toys, stickers, stories, playdates, etc. as rewards. But occasionally we don't allow the "dessert" unless dinner is eaten first. So then food is a reward. I sort of feel like it's a good thing to teach my kids that treats are something we eat on special occasions. But now I'm wondering whether it's better for them to view them as everyday specialties.
Are you confused yet?
So here's my question to you, my more-experienced-fitalicious-family. How have you handled treats with your kids? Are they rewards? Are they readily available in your house in full abundance? Or are treats only for special occasions?