I was killing my daughter with the food I was feeding her for many years.My first thought was "really?" Give me a break. Seriously, that's crazy. But is it? There is an obesity and diabetes epidemic right now...are we killing our kids with the food we are feeding them?
For many years I wholeheartedly believed these lies:
- There is NOOOOOO way I could give up bread.
- Everything in moderation is okay.
- People who buy organic foods are spending more money for no reason.
- Cheaper is better as long as it tastes good.
A few years back my son began showing what we thought were ADD (attention deficit disorder) symptoms. After a while he was struggling so much we decided to try some ADD medication. His grades improved, but he couldn't ever fall asleep. After the school year was over I decided to spend the summer researching some natural ways to "cure" ADD.
The mama bear came out in me when I read that 30% of our kids are sensitive to wheat and milk. Guess what my kids had every morning before school? When my son stopped drinking milk and stopped eating "healthy whole grains" he stopped having stomach aches.
As you can imagine, I felt HORRIBLE!
He didn't know he had stomach aches because it's was normal for him. Until they were gone he didn't know how good he could feel. Today he drinks raw milk from a local dairy and he doesn't have any problems. He still has problems with store bought milk.
So are we killing our kids with the foods we feed them? While it seems a bit extreme, I have realized that for me, sometimes the truth hurts. I know that I was not helping my kiddos with the foods I fed them.
Personally I'd rather read and follow the Perfect Health Diet than Jack Kruse, but that's simply because the Perfect Health Diet would be sooooo much easier to follow. Jack Kruse's blog posts make my head spin. I want my life and diet to be easy. Who has time to think about biochemistry when they have NO desire to learn biochemistry? However, what I'm finding is that while it's difficult to understand how the body works, the diet is very easy and straight forward.
It's important to note that you don't go on a diet, you change your diet and your way of life.
- Spend 15 minutes every day researching nutrition with an open mind.
- Forget everything you have ever learned about nutrition.
- Focus on foods that were available before the diabetes and obesity epidemic began.
I was amazed when I looked at a recent picture at Marks Daily Apple and thought how "normal" and sweet the family looked. The after picture is just so cool to look at. I don't want to be normal!!!
I do not feel deprived when I choose to avoid eating junk...when I choose to eat junk I can see an energy level change - then I feel deprived.
Here's the irony...it's because of my son that I started looking into nutrition. During lent I will be eating way differently than my family so I can continue to heal my body. One thing that I put on my menu was pizza for the kids...they get tired of eating meat and vegetables so I figured I would buy them a "treat."
Hello Johnlyn !!! How can something be a treat when I believe it harms them? If you read about wheat there's no doubt in my mind that it is harmful to our bodies. Perhaps I have a warped sense of a "treat".
By the way, today I easily live without bread and sugar, however it took a while to get over the addictions of both of them.
Jack Kruse comment:
The most important part of becoming optimal is changing how you think.
If you knew that you were harming your kids by feeding them the way that you do, would you make any changes? Are you helping or hurting your kids with what you are feeding them?
For far too long I had a warped sense of frugality....cheaper is better as long as it tastes good. Never mind that store brand sour cream has many many ingredients vs. Daisy brand that has 2 ingredients (that I can pronounce.) You might be interested in my post "Does it really cost more to feed your family a primal/paleo diet?"
Coming up on Wednesday you'll read about my plan for Lent. While we don't attend a church that practices this tradition, I still LOVE having a 40 day challenge dedicated to God.
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