Today is National French Toast Day. Let’s celebrate.
If we ever needed more evidence that food and emotions are intertwined, this is it. Celebrations elevate food from the mundane to the magical, from the physical to the soulful.
If you have fond feelings about a food there is undoubtedly some social event fueling those feelings. That’s important to remember at this time of year. During the holiday eating season you’re forging the link between food and feelings for your kids. That link will most likely last a lifetime. So the question is, what kind of feelings are you forging?
A little fun side note: Did you ever stop to think about why the President pardons a turkey on Thanksgiving? Sure it’s kind of a joke. And yeah, it’s true that 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving, so it doesn’t hurt to give one a reprieve. But Americans consume about 22 million chickens each and every day and chickens never get pardoned. Maybe chickens need their own day, their own celebrations!
And now back to the main point of this post.
Thanksgiving is over. It’s time to take honest stock. Did your children enjoy the holiday? Were they stressed? What memories will stay with them?
And because this is a blog about food: How did the food play out? Did your children eat and enjoy? Or were they picky and feeling pressured? Did they have a hunger meltdown or a sugar overload?
There are more holidays to come in this holiday eating season. Four things to keep in mind to keep the holidays happy…
- Do let your children eat a meal before leaving home (or in the car on the way to the main event) if they’ll be too tired or too distracted to eat at the meal.
- Do let your children pick and choose what they’ll eat at the main meal, even if that means they eat nothing healthy.
- Do help your children save room for treats coming down the pike.
- Do keep some snacks in the car for the ride home if your child is unlikely to eat at the main meal.
And now, back to National French Toast Day! Do your kids really need to develop fonder feelings about French Toast?
No? I didn’t think so. But they do need to know about the principle of proportion. Skip the celebrations and teach this important healthy eating habit.
French Toast Day is the perfect opportunity to discuss the principle of proportion.
Hopefully, your children will associate the holidays with happy feelings. Here’s how to stack the odds in your (their?) favor:
- Remember that emotional eating can begin by age 2.
- Food works to reinforce behavior in the short term—If you’re good you can have some pie. Don’t you want some pie?—but it communicates mixed messages to children about the role food should play in their lives.
- Resist the temptation to put healthy eating above everything else.
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~