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What Healthy Habits Have You Learned From Your Parents?

Healthy Habits We Learn From Our Parents

My mom is a nurse, so my sister and I were quick to learn plenty of healthy habits as kids. Even as a toddler, I was tricked into thinking that corn flakes were potato chips, yogurt was ice cream, and wheat germ was "special sugar." Bread only came in whole-wheat, and sugary cereal was for dessert, not breakfast. It wasn't until I started school and learned about white bread, E.L. Fudge cookies, and Thousand Island dressing. When I was old enough, my mom sat me down and explained why she chose the foods she did, and why she restricted others. Not only did it make sense to me, but I actually preferred the healthy foods she chose.

As I got older (excepting a rebellious phase at age 10 and then once again in college) that was the lesson that stuck with me the longest; I still hear my mom's voice in my head when I'm picking things up at the grocery store. I can't stand white bread, and I still love the taste of wheat germ.

Have you picked up any similar strong habits from your parents?

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michirururu michirururu 6 years
Eating an apple a day :)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
For me, it was half and half--my dad was a health nut and my mom's idea of lunch was Chef Boyardee ravioli. Luckily, my dad did all the grocery shopping, so I picked up a lot of healthy habits from him: -never buy white bread; it's nothing but air and sugar -sugary cereals are not for breakfast -oatmeal is a great start to your day -fill up on veggies -go for complex carbs over simple carbs every time -if you want dessert, make it yourself--with homemade cookies and puddings and such, you know exactly what is and isn't in them.
1apple 1apple 6 years
My parents didn't (and still don't) know what eating healthy was. They tried...serving coleslaw or canned vegetables with meals (any vegetable is healthy, right? Even when covered in mayo or limp?) but meals were often ground beef with cream of mushroom soup ("stroganoff"), porkchops and rice (no veggies) or hotdogs (enough said). Portions were reasonable but they have no concept of what is healthy. :0(
TiVo TiVo 6 years
I am still learning that cleaning my plate does not justify a sweet reward. I came from a family that rarely ate fast food, but we did have a lot of hamburger helper and things like that. It didn't help that I watched my mom constantly go for the low-fat diets that were so popular during my youth. On a positive note, at least I grew to love and truly appreciate the family meal.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I wish! Nope, I come from sedentary folk whose idea of healthy is having a small side of canned veggies alongside Shake N Bake or boxed mac n' cheese.
kclulu kclulu 6 years
Not so much for me. My parents although active and not sedentary, did not have the healthiest of eating habits. My mom had and still has emotional eating issues so mindless snacking, desserts with every meal and reward eating were my examples. It took me years to unlearn the bad habits and then learn and adopt healthy eating habits. Now some of my habits are rubbing off on them, although I still get a lot of eye rolling in my direction. I just remind myself how long it took me to change and they have been eating that way for many years so you just have to be patient with them.
Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
My Dad played sports my entire childhood. We watched him play rugby and he taught me how to play tennis. He coached my soccer team too. He taught me that being active was a fun part of life. I think he would be so proud that I have done some triathlons and love biking long distances.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Always eating a handful of raw vegetables with every meal, even if it's just a sandwich. And yes, treating sugary cereal as dessert/special treat, and white bread also. My mom would also freeze orange juice (100% orange juice, not the fruit cocktail stuff that's just water and sugar.. we never got that), and tell us it's a popsicle :) I have to say though that I think eat healthier than they do, but they exercise more.
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