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Do Your Parents Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet?

I definitely didn't learn my healthy eating habits from my parents, since I grew up eating my fair share of sugary cereals, candy, McDonald's, and soda. As I grew older, I realized the importance of nutritious foods, and now I try to teach my parents how to eat healthier. They're slowly getting it, but they still love their junk food. What about your parents?

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kh61582 kh61582 6 years
Yes in the sense that my parents have been on one diet or another since I was 14 and it annoys me to no end! Almost all of high school if it wasn't chicken for dinner then it was chicken. That actually caused me to think I was overweight in high school (I wasn't) and got me doing a ton of different diets-most memorably Slim Fast. The annoying part is that my parents are not overweight. My mom could stand to loose some but she's not heavy and my dad is thin. Annoying!
tarall10 tarall10 6 years
My parents have a huge garden filled will all sorts of good stuff, and I someday hope to have one of my own (when I actually have a yard). My parents cooked dinner every night, and it always included a protein, at least one vegetable, and some sort of carbohydrate (usually potatoes). We didn't eat everything whole wheat/whole grain, but when I was little, there wasn't a lot out there saying that you shouldn't. My parents weren't overzealous with it though, we almost always had cookies or some other sweet my mom made, but it was a treat (not to be overindulged on).
missxvicious missxvicious 6 years
No.I am trying to eat better but it's kind of hard when I'm still in high school with no job.I'm trying to get my mom to eat better but it isn't working.I also agree with kimsy.It was the same way with my mom.She grew up poor and there was 5 kids in the house...so yea.
green-socks green-socks 6 years
I grew up in a house where every night there was a meat, veggie and starch option, as well as dessert. Unfortunately, there wasn't a good balance of those things, and still continues not to be. I've learned healthier eating habits, and I know my mom knows them intellectually, but as we all know, following them can be more difficult than just knowing them!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
Both my parents eat healthier than I did. My mom is an excellent cook too. Unfortunately, I'm not all healthy-eater and I don't cook as well. Oh well :p
new new 6 years
pff my parents are such unhealthy eaters. everything is soaked in butter, all veggies come from cans or jars (and are way overcooked), they drink several beers a day, drink full fat milk and eat all kinds of full fat products. my grandmother is worse, she fed me kilos and kilos of sugar when I was little (leaving me with a bad sugar addiction).It's a miracle they are all still completely healthy I think my parents picked up the bad habits from their parents who had to do with very little after the war and indulged in everything they could when food was available. I myself try to eat more healthy and am trying to cut back on sugar intake. it's hard :P
new new 6 years
pff my parents are such unhealthy eaters. everything is soaked in butter, all veggies come from cans or jars (and are way overcooked), they drink several beers a day, drink full fat milk and eat all kinds of full fat products. my grandmother is worse, she fed me kilos and kilos of sugar when I was little (leaving me with a bad sugar addiction).It's a miracle they are all still completely healthy I think my parents picked up the bad habits from their parents who had to do with very little after the war and indulged in everything they could when food was available.I myself try to eat more healthy and am trying to cut back on sugar intake. it's hard :P
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 6 years
My mother eats way healthier than I do (she has an iron will) and works out 4-5 times a week. People call me a health food freak but I got it all from my mum :D
Spectra Spectra 6 years
There's no option for "one parent eats healthy, the other doesn't". My dad's a total health nut and he always plants a garden and eats lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains. My mom, on the other hand, eats things like white bread, lots of mayo, and lots of junk food. She does like those prepackaged frozen dinners a lot and whenever she does WW, she literally eats just those and FF Jello pudding cups. My sis and I took after my dad, though...we're both pretty healthy eaters.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
My mom has always eaten healthier than my dad. However, my dad had a stroke over 10 years ago (he was in his low-60s) and he changed his ways. Now they both eat well and exercise, thank goodness!
Tulipe Tulipe 6 years
@ Allytta : hahaha, I guess the country you were born and raised in is very influential to the way you eat ! I come from France, where - as you may all know - food is SACRED. It's gotta be the only country where food is both on the table and in conversations. Seriously, when we eat, we talk about food (the food we're eating and food in general). And politics. But that's another subject. So eating is a lengthy convivial process. It's all about pleasure. Which helps being healthy. Plus, my mom is a doctor, so there only was healthy food in our home. Lots of vegetables, fruits and fish. But that didn't prevent us from eating the occasional cheese fondue or beef Bourguignon... Like I said, all about pleasure... :-)
Tulipe Tulipe 6 years
@ Allytta : hahaha, I guess the country you were born and raised in is very influential to the way you eat ! I come from France, where - as you may all know - food is SACRED. It's gotta be the only country where food is both on the table and in conversations. Seriously, when we eat, we talk about food (the food we're eating and food in general). And politics. But that's another subject. So eating is a lengthy convivial process. It's all about pleasure. Which helps being healthy. Plus, my mom is a doctor, so there only was healthy food in our home. Lots of vegetables, fruits and fish. But that didn't prevent us from eating the occasional cheese fondue or beef Bourguignon... Like I said, all about pleasure... :-)
dubalicious dubalicious 6 years
I didn't even touch on my boyfriend's parents... awful eaters. The only veggies I have over there are from the can or frozen. They think an iceberg wedge with blue cheese on it is a veggie. I've stopped eating over there as much as I used to just because I don't feel like it is balanced. yuk.
dubalicious dubalicious 6 years
My mom is a dietitian, so she cooks and eats very healthy. My parents always had a HUGE garden while I was growing up, so there were tons of veggies especially in the summer. My dad, on the other hand, grew up in TX and Nebraska, so he loves his fried foods and butter and snacks and chips. Meals are pretty healthy, but my dad could use a lesson in portion control and snacking, not to mention exercising. He has always said, the day I see someone jogging and smiling at the same time, I'll start exercising. (stubborn) My grandparents eat VERY healthy because my Grandfather is diabetic... there are always so many veggies at their house. My parents never had "forbidden" foods - I had frozen waffles and pop tarts etc growing up, but I think it helped me make healthy decisions that I still use today. This was a LOT longer than I had planned. :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
My mom doesn't eat nearly enough, despite some heavy pestering from me, but my Dad eats pretty well, mostly due to my stepmom's influence.
fashionlovr fashionlovr 6 years
My parents never ate well when I was growing up. Sadly when they were in their late 40's they both started to develop health problems due to their diets, but this was exactly the motivation they needed to get my family on the right track. I was a teenager when this change happened and I'm so glad now that I have the healthy eating habits I do. Now, if only I could convince my in-laws to take care of themselves too.
fashionlovr fashionlovr 6 years
My parents never ate well when I was growing up. Sadly when they were in their late 40's they both started to develop health problems due to their diets, but this was exactly the motivation they needed to get my family on the right track. I was a teenager when this change happened and I'm so glad now that I have the healthy eating habits I do. Now, if only I could convince my in-laws to take care of themselves too.
traciepwns traciepwns 6 years
My parents are the same way. Growing up, we always had meals that, in retrospect, weren't the healthiest. Servings sizes? What were those? Over the past year, I've done a 180 on my eating habits and while I still occasionally graze on 'snacky' things, 98% of my diet is healthful. My parents have been eating a bit healthier also (I bring them fresh fruits and veggies home every week) but they still haven't gotten the portion control thing down and still love their snacks.At least they're making a little progress though!
traciepwns traciepwns 6 years
My parents are the same way. Growing up, we always had meals that, in retrospect, weren't the healthiest. Servings sizes? What were those? Over the past year, I've done a 180 on my eating habits and while I still occasionally graze on 'snacky' things, 98% of my diet is healthful. My parents have been eating a bit healthier also (I bring them fresh fruits and veggies home every week) but they still haven't gotten the portion control thing down and still love their snacks. At least they're making a little progress though!
soapbox soapbox 6 years
My mom does. She's been hitting the gym and eating veggies with every meal since I was little. My dad's a cyclist, so he works out, but he's a sucker for fatty foods. And, like the other parents mentioned on the comments above me, figures that since 2 girl scout cookies have like 3 grams of fat, a whole box would only have 3 grams also. And don't get me started on a box of "no trans fat" caramel corn.
syako syako 6 years
Allyta, my husband's the same way. He <b> never </b> had junk food available (in Ukraine), therefore never ate it and still doesn't. My parents are very well balanced. My mom does weight watchers but she just uses it as a yard stick to make sure she eats the right amount of food not because she's hard core dieting. My dad eats whatever my mom is having. :) They are very active too.Growing up we did have processed foods. But we also ate a variety of whole foods. Another thing that we always had was a jar of candy on the counter. Surprisingly, having that jar around all the time, made me actually eat less (I think) because I was never worried about it going away. :PI think my mom and dad taught me really good and balanced habits. Sure we had fast food some nights, but I think that can happen when you have three kids, in 3-4 different sports, both parents working full time, and just other craziness going on. :)
syako syako 6 years
Allyta, my husband's the same way. He never had junk food available (in Ukraine), therefore never ate it and still doesn't. My parents are very well balanced. My mom does weight watchers but she just uses it as a yard stick to make sure she eats the right amount of food not because she's hard core dieting. My dad eats whatever my mom is having. :) They are very active too. Growing up we did have processed foods. But we also ate a variety of whole foods. Another thing that we always had was a jar of candy on the counter. Surprisingly, having that jar around all the time, made me actually eat less (I think) because I was never worried about it going away. :P I think my mom and dad taught me really good and balanced habits. Sure we had fast food some nights, but I think that can happen when you have three kids, in 3-4 different sports, both parents working full time, and just other craziness going on. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Unfortunately, no. They're both overweight, and have health issues bought on by extra weight. The rest of my family fares no better. I'm the oddball in my family. I'm a health and exercise geek. Health (and appearance-wise), it shows. I'm the only one in my immediate family with an excellent bill of health, with no medical conditions, nor had major surgeries.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Unfortunately, no. They're both overweight, and have health issues bought on by extra weight. The rest of my family fares no better.I'm the oddball in my family. I'm a health and exercise geek. Health (and appearance-wise), it shows. I'm the only one in my immediate family with an excellent bill of health, with no medical conditions, nor had major surgeries.
Deidre Deidre 6 years
They totally do. My mama is an incredible cook and loves to try new stuff. She's always finding ways to dress up healthy meals (chicken/fresh veggies, salmon/lentils) to get my dad to like them. Since he eats whatever she makes, he's pretty healthy by default. They keep going the rate they are, they'll outlive me!
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