Thinking outside the box, the lunch box, that is…

Can somebody say, “Pressure?!” Sheesh. Just when I thought everything was in order and fine, with all this back to school hoopla, I didn’t realize there was going to be a new unforeseen issue, that issue being what everyone else is eating for their lunch. I am a child of the 1980’s. I remember wagon wheels, twinkies, fruit roll-ups, super socco, and hickory sticks. I was a child who ate with great liberation until I was 11 years old and was hit with huge health issues that resulted in a crash course dietary change overnight. I lived on tinctures, vegetables, whole grains, and the odd fish, here and there. No more sugar, bread, and red meat. I was a sad bear in my 6th grade class. I learned to adapt. When my intestinal issues were better and my skin cleared, I ended up reintroducing sugar, meat, and bread back into my diet, but within reason. I guess I just assumed that my kids would want to eat like me, because why?-I have it all together, not exactly, but it is what they have grown up with. Now I am faced with letting go of my ideals, and trusting that they, themselves, will make choices, yes, even at such a young age, that will be of benefit to their health. It’s tricky. 1 is telling me what other kids have in their lunch, that she has never had before, she doesn’t seem upset by it, I did buy yogurt tubes for the first time this week…is it okay she has never had gum, soda, a wagon wheel or twinkie at age 5? I don’t want to keep her in a bubble, I just want her to think outside the box.