I’ve been screaming about the dangers I see in the way we are feeding our children for years, but when Gwyneth Paltrow took up the fight, people listened…oh, they made fun of her, but they listened. That is a start. If you’ll just stop for a few seconds and think, I know you will agree that for the health, present and future, of our children we need to take a long, hard look at what we consistently give them to eat.
Over the course of the past thirty years, we have completely restructured how and what we eat and what we allow our children to eat. We’ve also seen an unbelievable rise in occurances of ADD, ADHD, and Autism in this country, haven’t we. Is there a connection? I have no idea, but it is certainly worth a conversation, isn’t it?
To start, let’s just think back for a minute. My mom has never been a “health nut,” certainly not the nut that I am by any stretch of the imagination. However, she did a lot of things right just by default. Number one, she cooked. And no! I don’t remember her EVER cooking something that came out of a box!
If we had chicken, Mom fried it, baked it, boiled it, broiled it, etc. (In fact, all of our meals began with some type of natural protein.) If we had vegetables, they were real and they certainly did not come with premade, chemical-packed sauces. We had our own milk and eggs, and the desserts we ate were homemade. I’m not saying they were good for us, but at least they did not carry the additives, etc. of packaged junk…and truthfully, that is what it is…junk.
What do we feed our kids today?
Too Little Protein Too Many Carbs WAY Too Much Cardboard
If you don’t believe me, go look at the plastic bag of chicken nuggets that you have in your freezer right now. And those of you trying to be good moms DO have chicken nuggets in your freezer…I know! Look at the ingredients. If there is one thing listed besides chicken, you are putting additives into the bodies of your children; there’s no way around it, and I’m betting that the chicken nuggets are the “good stuff” at your house.
While you’re in the freezer, you might as well go ahead and look at the frozen corn dogs that are there beside the nuggets. I already know that those are there too. If you have mini frozen pizzas, check out those ingredients as well. Are you beginning to see my point?
Those of you who REALLY want the best for your children have some type of fruit juice in the fridge even as you read. Please check the sugar content on it as well as the ingredient list. If it is orange juice, and if there is more than “orange juice” on the ingredient list, it is NOT really orange juice. Orange juice comes from sqeezing an actual orange and getting its juice, period.
And then there is the “stuff” in the cabinet, and you know exactly what I mean…the snack stuff. Let’s just start with the ones you think are so good for your children…those that call themselves “fruit snacks.” Look at the ingredients and then tell yourself that the only fruit snack in the world is the one God made…a piece of fruit, period.
There is research to suggest that a lack of an amino acid, a protein, called tryptophan can cause ADD and ADHD in children. Is it correct? I don’t know, but I do know that something is causing the increase seen all over this country. Obviously, you need to do your own research on the subject so I have listed a starting place below…remember, only a very easy starting place.
We’ve also known for years that the body cannot store protein and needs a daily dose of it to be healthy. It doesn’t require a big steak a day, but it does require good, real protein, not a fake food full of additives disguised as protein.
So as a refresher, what does protein do for us? Some of the main things are listed below.
1. Builds and repairs body tissue
2. Produces energy
3. Helps the body resist disease
4. Produces hormones, enzymes, etc
Now, back to Paltrow, I don’t think it is necessary to cut every food that she has taken from her diet. I also think we will all live over an occasional candy bar with the key word here being occasional, not a mainstay of the daily diet. (Oh, and you’d better do some research on those “health” bars you feel so good about handing your kids every day.)
The unfortunate bottom line is that it is obvious that very few parents understand how to make healthy daily food choices for their children and that these bad choices will eventually affect the health of their children all grown up. It is also obvious that there are very few moms and dads who still know how to get in the kitchen and prepare real food…
…Way more than I want on my conscience!