- They are only kids you say.
- Let them have fun and eat what they want now.
- Kids are too young to worry about what’s in their food.
- My child won’t eat anything healthy, but at least she’s eating.
- It is too hard to get him to eat healthy food.
- I don’t have time.
…Or worst of all…
- I don’t know what is in the food I feed my family.
What’s your excuse?
I confess, I find myself saying some of these vey things. Just yesterday, I saw another story about the infamous pink slime, a mixture of connective tissue and beef parts all rinsed with ammonia. This slime is what fast food restaurants and, now, school lunches use to create meat patties and other processed products. I figured this time, I’d show my daughter. Then, my internal conflict hit. Is it mean to subject her to the “truth” about the lunches she buys at school? She just wants to buy it because all the other kids do. But it is just as cruel—actually crueler – to let her live in oblivion. After all, aren’t many of today’s obesity problems and health epidemics due to poor food choices?
In a distant sort of way people know the food they eat has an impact on health, but do you really get how large of an impact? No other thing you do affects your body so immediately as does the food you eat. Fix what you eat and you can fix a lot of your ills – low energy,extra pounds, bad moods and digestive distress.
We can’t rely on the government, schools or food manufacturers to tell us what is healthy. Ultimately, the burden lies with you. It is your and my responsibility to keep our bodies healthy and raise healthy kids. The problem is when other families don’t choose to take on this responsibility, or do not have the knowledge to do so. You end up looking like the bad guy or the dreaded “food police” or some health nut because you simply want you and your family to eat real food – not processed junk. Not only do you have to avoid the onslaught of tasty, cheap and readily-available food, but you have to face criticism for doing so. It has been said before but it indicates a clear problem with our society when you have to defend and fight for healthy choices.
I did tell my daughter about the pink slime and other chemicals in her food. She was devastated. “Why would
they do this to us?” she bemoaned. Good question.