"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."-- Albert Einstein
Our children...they are under fire as much as we are. Obesity and overall disease is rapidly still on the rise. Attention and behavior disorders, allergies, diabetes and even cancer are creeping in like a mack truck. This is the first generation that World Health Organization has indicated will not likely outlive their parents. WHAT!http://www.cigna.com/health/provider/medical/child_obesity.html
According to the American Cancer Society and National Health Institute, up to 60% of these diseases are preventable. You heard it right. PREVENTABLE. For adults and children. With adequate, not even optimal, but adequate diet and lifestyle habits. http://www.newstarget.com/006688.html
WOW! Sounds like a no-brainer and yet at the class harvest or halloween celebration, what is the main nutrient found? How about your neighborhood gathering, playdates, scouts or soccer games? What's for afterschool snack in your house? Usually it is sugar, sugar, sugar, topped off with a little food dye and often some chemicals like aspertame. Now, sugar in a natural form and moderation, well there is within reason. But pretend chemicalized sugar? There are a very scary group of chemicals known as EXCITOTOXINS. Hmmm, might be a contributor to over excited kids? Sounds like there might be a connection, just in the name. This is a very in depth area that is worth looking in to. WE ARE WORTH IT!! For our puposes here today, we will just say:
Feed your children as wholesome as possible. If you are going to switch out package for package, at least you will be eliminating a lot of nasty chemicals that are harming the biochemical make up of your family. Newman's Own, Health Valley, Barbara's...these are better choices for packaged foods. Check out your options. Now that so many people are asking, there are many more choices. You have the power!
Fresh over packaged is best, but one step at a time. At least 1 piece of fresh fruit and 2-3 servings of veggies. If you try to tell me they just won't eat it, then I will ask you who the parent in the family is. And I don't mean force feeding or drawn out episodes. Be the example, offer vareity, let them choose, try something different and make a game of it.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_3166.cfm - Organics in school lunches
http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_1952.cfm - But, will they eat it?
On a political note: How many of the companies that you will buy your trick or treat candy from use child slave labor? Were you aware? Forebes Magazine is - http://www.forbes.com/business/forbes/2006/0424/096.html
Below is a link to help you stay informed about creating a healthy environment for your family. Enjoy! ~j