The cheap calorie delivery system -- funded for the past few decades through both the Farm Bill and the Child Nutrition Act -- has become a key player in the Supersizing of our kids.
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For many parents, back-to-school presents mixed emotions tipping the balance in favor of anxiety.
We need to figure out how to reduce lifestyle-related diseases that trigger the need for expensive medical care in the first place. We need to lighten our fitness footprint.
Instead of allowing our children to explore and sample life in the "outside world," we keep them inside, feed them junk food, and use TV as a babysitter.
Parents have had enough. They know their kids need nutritious, fresh ingredients that encourage healthy growth and fuel their minds instead of foods that fuel an obesity epidemic amongst kids.
Start by scheduling regular family meals, serving a variety of healthy foods, and involving family members in the meal selection and preparation process.
Think about how you were raised with food. How were you taught to eat? Did it work well for you? How so? Why do you want to pass it on to your kids?
Many people aren't familiar with raw foods or why they are important. Raw foods are simply foods from the earth that haven't been processed or heated above 118 degrees.
Every family has their own value system and comfort level with sugar. Figure out your comfort level and consider whether you need to be a bit more flexible, or perhaps more limit setting.
We have a problem with people being heavier than is healthy for them and I feel that part of the problem is unhealthy ingredients combined with packaging that tricks people into eating more.
It is useful to look at eating habits of younger children as partly developmental. If you think about it, food is the earliest thing our kids can do to control their lives.
Food is the last thing you want to have to struggle with. My goal is to take the worry and fret out of feeding, and to help mealtime be a time for connecting and enjoyment.
Console yourself that you're amongst the millions of other parents who can't get their kids to eat vegetables. I haven't heard of one case of scurvy reported lately, have you?
What are we starving for? We are addicted to corn like we are addicted to sugar like we are addicted to oil. It's the cheap oil that enables the production of the cheap corn in the first place.
Food is our daily test against the Betty Crocker Scale of Motherly Competence, a relentless feedback so to speak, three meals a day for maybe eighteen years.
Question foremost on parents' minds, (or that they pose to me) when Hallowe'en comes, is: "How do you manage the candy?"
I thought of this the other ...
Is it possible that we need to look at our own anxiety and really see the needs of our kids as separate from our needs?
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