Hello my friends!
I am happy to report that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but rather was digging in to the new house, new puppy and family of six that I am in charge of. Whew! It’s a chore but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Today I was in the dentist chair for my cleaning. My hygienist and I typically chat during my cleanings…..well, I listen a bit more than talk, but that is the nature of having dental tools and floss in your mouth, right?
She shared with me how her son was doing. He is going to preschool and his school includes lunch with the fees. However, her son doesn’t eat the food served at school because it gives him horrible stomach aches. “wow! what are they serving?” I inquired. She said, “oh, you know, the normal….chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese….all the processed foods”. My hygienist chooses to pack her son a lunch filled with vegetables, fruit, ham and tomato sandwiches and a yogurt. Ta Da! No stomach aches.
What caught my attention was the part of “oh ,the normal stuff”. Is this normal food for our children, or is it just common? Now, I am not pointing fingers as I was that mom that thought it was O.K. for my kids to eat this all the time when they were little. It was advertised and marketed to my kids and us busy moms as a nutritious and quick meal to serve our wee-ones. This is where the majority of the typical American parents can be found. Buying and serving the quick and easy highly processed meals that promise to deliver vitamins and minerals to our kids that will help their growing bodies. So, it’s normal, right?
I disagree. It may be VERY common to find processed foods served as lunch in every niche and corner across our great country. However, I don’t believe that it should be deemed normal to serve our kids sub par foods that only perpetuate their cravings for more of the same (starches, sugar, food coloring). I think if we took a step back and assessed what our kids bodies needed to grow healthy bodies, develop inquiring minds, strategy developing personalities and kind souls, we would look to much more nutritious foods, rather than something quick we can microwave and call it good.
The studies are showing how nutrition is the first line of defense and strength when it comes to our physical and mental health. Wouldn’t it be normal to purchase our foods with this thought as the driving force behind our nutrition choices? Be uncommon, purchase and provide foods that your body would normally thrive on. Organic. Less processed. Grass Fed. Whole Foods.