Whether you have children now, you raised your children and now they are grown and gone and you have grandchildren, you only have 4 legged children, or none at all, I feel that this is extremely important for us all to look and for the future of the health of all humans.
Back in the day when we use to frequent restaurants with our kiddos, I noticed something. More times than not, I would see another family out to eat, too. The grownups would be eating a deliciously prepared meal with whole foods, a good protein, and veggies. The children would be scarfing down fried processed meats and carbohydrates.
Being a mother, I get to speak to a lot of other mothers. And we always seem to get into conversations about what their children eat or don't eat. I've heard time and time again that they cook a nice healthy meal with good veggies and protein and their children won't eat it. So they end up short-order-cooking Mac n Cheese, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, etc. for their kids giving in, again, to the processed meats and carbs while they themselves get to enjoy a healthy meal.
Being a "foodie," I love getting into conversations about good food and cooking. And I have also realized, through these conversations, that a majority of my adult friends don't enjoy vegetables either. Perhaps they never learned how to properly cook kale, chard, zucchini, celeriac, fennel, or other amazing vegetables so that they taste good. Perhaps they over cook them and make them mushy and flavorless. Or maybe their parents only cooked vegetables from a can. 😬🤷🏼♀️ Who Knows. But we are meant to eat vegetables. Not food from packages....
Does it seem strange to you that one would feed themselves healthier food than they feed to their children's growing bodies? Why is this so common? Don't we want the best for our children? Shouldn't their health and safety come before ours? Why have we agreed to believe that children prefer sugary, carb rich, processed foods? Is it the content smiling faces with the "Happy Meal" or are our young children already addicted to these horrendous fankenfoods? Why is it that the people we entrust to know better and to look after the health of our children (school teachers, coaches, dietitians, etc) serve exclusively processed sugary packaged foods because they are afraid someone will poison them or put razor blades in a healthy home cooked meal? Out of an irrational fear like this, now we have mandated the poisoning and conditioning of our young children's bodies, believing chemicals are superior to rich foods from the earth. Not only are we poisoning our children's bodies, but we are poisoning their future earth with all the single use plastics used in packaging that crap. Does this seem upside down and backwards to you?
Just think about all this for a moment. Let it sink in. Heck, read it all again from the beginning.
Go Ahead....I'll wait here.......
Now, notice yourself and your feelings for a moment. Let go of any grief, guilt, anger, or judgement around this. It Just is. We are constantly being lied to. But now that we shed some light on the subject, let's begin to truly look at how and what we consume through our pie-hole AND as material garbage in our lives. Let's build healthy children by teaching them how to nourish their amazing growing bodies with food from the earth. Not the items that look like food, filled with chemicals that come packaged in plastic from a factory.
Rant Part 1- Over.