A couple of years ago I stumbled across the 100 Days of Real Food blog by Lisa Leake. It really opened my eyes to the impact that food and nutrition have in our bodies, and especially the bodies of our children. As the parent we are responsible for the well-being of our children, including their diets. As the mother of children who have been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, eczema and other issues, I had to start taking a serious look at what I was feeding my family.
WebMD offers great advice on Kid Nutrition Basics for Parents: including the importance of children getting calcium, fiber, protein, antioxidant superfood and iron, as well as the natural foods that will help them get these basics.
As the main grocery shopper in our home I try to shop the perimeter of the grocery store, where I will find produce, meats, and dairy. I try to spend less time in the interior where we tend to find the more processed foods. But, when Hubby goes grocery shopping he gets what he wants. Enter Hostess Ho Hos and the like. Now, don’t me wrong. I like some good ole junk food and sweets like the next person. But, I am not just shopping for myself anymore; I have little bodies to consider. We are now doing our best to feed our boys and ourselves the best food possible. That doesn’t mean we don’t indulge in some (less) processed foods or sweets periodically, but they are no longer a mainstay. Thankfully, our boys love fruits and some veggies (we are still working on other veggies) and drink a lot of water. When they ask for snacks, which seems to be whenever they are not eating a meal, we offer fruits, nuts or another healthy alternative. We prepare their lunch for school, most of the time. 😉
Here some reasons why cutting out processed food is a good idea. Our journey to eating only real food is a work in progress, but we are heading in the right direction. The main problem we run into is when they visit Honey (my mother refuses to be called Grandma) and Grandaddy. For some reason they can’t seem to tell their grandsons “NO!”. We’re working on it though…
Until next time…
“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (Genesis 1:29 NIV)