Since I shared with you my pre-diet diet last weekend, I thought I’d share a brief excerpt from my life over the holidays. While we were celebrating Christmas with my family, I had plenty of time to watch my one-year-old nephew eat. And guess what? In large part, because my sister, his mom, is a registered dietitian, he eats exceptionally well. Fortunately, too, he doesn’t appear to be a picky eater. So I sat and watched her feed him countless tiny pieces of various produce and other healthy fare, and at one point, it hit me.
There she was, feeding my nephew an avocado, of all things.
Honestly, I don’t even think I knew you could do that. I’ve had three children move through babyhood and toddlerhood, eating
barely respectable amounts of fruits, veggies, lean meats and dairy products, but I don’t think it once dawned on me to feed them avocados.
Then, as my nephew was about halfway through his avocado, looking much like a poster child for the salubrious lifestyle, I looked over, and the small people were all decorating and devouring Christmas cookies, frosting and crumbs smeared all over their faces. Sadly, I’ll admit that this is a pretty fair representation of how they eat on all holidays, all days surrounding holidays, most weekends, and on days their parents come home from the grocery store with clearance candy.
In these moments, it’s hard to believe my sister and I are really from the same gene pool.
In fact, after some consideration, I imagine she doesn’t even have a pre-diet diet.