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The 4 Cs of Food Groups for Moms - April 30, 2012

Both of my kids are currently studying health in their elementary school classes this month. As we sit around the dinner table each night, we’ve been having conversations about eating balanced meals, portion sizes and, of course, the food groups. I try to be a role model for my kids in making “good choices”, but I realized that there are 4 food groups that are true staples in most moms’ diets that don’t fit the classic pyramid.

Chocolate– This is a true staple in most moms’ diets. If you happen to be a woman who doesn’t like chocolate, I think you may be missing the “sweet tooth” gene since for most of us, chocolate is a must. I’ve been told that chocolate has a few calories (or a few thousand), but guess what…it just doesn’t matter certain times of the month. Eating a little chocolate really does make you feel better.

Carbs  - I’ve tried on a few occasions to do the no-carb or low-carb diets to shed a few pounds. I have heard great success stories of people losing weight, but all I ever seem to lose on these diets is my sanity. There’s just something about a big bowl of mac ‘n cheese or a delicious chunk of sourdough bread that I just can’t do without. For me, I’d rather run an extra mile (or ten) on the treadmill then give up my yummy carbs!

Coffee – Most of my adult life I’ve enjoyed my coffee. But it wasn’t until I had children that I became a coffee addict. Is it wrong to look forward to your morning cup of coffee? Your mid-morning? Your early afternoon? I’m not sure if it really gets me going or if it’s psychological…either way though, I just need it. There have been a few occasions when I’ve wondered if my habit has become excessive. Like when my employees say, “Have you considered switching to decaf?” Or my kids tell people that my favorite food is coffee. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll give it up next month (not!)

Cocktails – I really do think that the nutritionists got it wrong when they put alcohol in the “extras” category on the food pyramid. For most moms, a nice glass of chardonnay, a skinny margarita or another beverage of choice is a staple a few times a week. I guess it’s not politically correct to say that you need a drink, but let’s face it, having a modest cocktail after a tough day helps take the edge off just a little bit.

My “mommy” food pyramid may be a bit different than the classic version but I stand by my must-haves. Happy Mom = Happy Home

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