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Motherhood has completely transformed Alison Sweeney. In the May issue of American Baby, the 32-year-old actress and television personality says that her heart grew exponentially after welcoming son Benjamin Edward, 4, and new baby Megan Hope, 4 months. “I just didn’t realize how having a child would change my outlook on everything,” she admits. “I not only think about my kids, but about all kids.” She adds that she is forever mindful of how blessed her life has been.
“I may have the ability to give my children clean drinking water, but elsewhere, there are people who walk hours to muddy water because that’s all they can find. Okay, I’m going to start crying!”
Hosting The Biggest Loser has opened Alison’s eyes to the importance of setting a healthy example for her kids, and she reveals that childhood obesity is “a huge concern.” When she sees a parent giving their child a doughnut, for example, Alison says she often wants to intervene. “Show him that fruit is desert,” she suggests. “It’s delicious and sweet.”
Lamenting that “it’s so frustrating to see how convenient fast food is,” Alison adds, “I’ve struggled with weight my whole life and I don’t want my children to struggle with it.” A good trick for ensuring a diverse palate involves exposing baby to “herbs and spices so he’s not just used to bland food,” Alison says. That said, she’s also not afraid to lay down the law!
“You need to remember that it’s your job to say, ‘Eat your vegetables!’”
Alison suggests that new, first-time moms keep their perspective. “The best advice I got when I was pregnant with my first child was to imagine that I already had an older kid,” she explains. “If you go into every situation with your brand new baby thinking ‘What if I had a 3-year-old needing attention?’ everything will seem less urgent.”
“Give yourself breathing room. The truth is that if you can relax, the baby will relax as well.”
Ben and Megan are Alison’s children with husband Dave Sanov.
Source: American Baby, May issue