An interesting thing happened the other day. My daughter came home from the gym, and I suddenly noticed that she was freaking shredded! She's been serious about working out for over a year now, so I knew it wasn't that. It had to be due to something more recent. We eat a whole food diet and have for years, so that wasn't it either.
I was concerned, so I asked her what was up. She confessed that she had always snacked on processed junk at school and after school at friends' houses, but that in the past month she cut that out and only ate the foods she brought from home. I laughed because I had been unaware of her little snacky snack ways. Kids hide a certain amount from their parents. They operate under the principle that the less you know... the better off they are. Haha. I was the same way.
I'm actually glad things went down the way they did. She learned a valuable lesson that she'll never forget because she learned it herself. Processed junk can really sabotage your efforts. Once you mindfully balance the pleasure and pain associated with a behavior it's easier to take control. Props to you, Maia. Oh... she is going to be sooo embarrassed when she reads this.