I want my kids growing up with healthy ideas about food. I don't want them to stress about every bite that goes into their mouth....worrying if it is healthy or bad for them. I want them to understand what it feels like to be hungry and what it feels like to be satisfied. I don't enforce a strict 3 meals a day menu for my kids. They kind of snack all day. I eat every 2-3 hours and I would say that they probably do as well. I try to make the best choices for food for them as possible. They were actually "clean" eaters way before I was! I was always much more concerned about what I put in their mouth versus what I put in mine! Crazy..huh?
More importantly...I let my kids be kids! I don't keep junk food in my house but if they are out and cookies or ice cream are given to them....I don't stress! As long as they eat a clean and healthy diet 80% of the time....I am happy with that!! :)