If I told you my child was allergic to a certain food would you still give it to them??? Then why do you feel that it is ok to give them refined sugars and processed crap???? In my opinion they are just as deadly!!!! Stop forcing YOUR bad habits on my kids!
A couple of years ago I started learning about healthier eating habits. At first I would chuckle at my friends and tell them they were crazy everyone eats fast food and quick easy to make meals. Come on its all about taste and quickness. Who has time to make their own food? I’m a busy mom! Slowly but surely their healthy eating habits started to rub off on me. My friends would say something about eating this or that or talk about natural health and it got me curious. I started researching what they were talking about (I never take anything at face value, I ALWAYS need to know the 5W). Interesting things started popping up.
I knew that in order to make changes to our diet I would have to start slow. I didn’t want a rebellion on my hands. So I started adding healthier snack for the kiddos, and cutting back on sugar consumption. There were a few big NO NO’s for me: HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and Aspartame.
- In addition to causing significant weight gain, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.
- When high fructose corn syrup is ingested, it travels to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates it does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin; which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. So we get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full.
- Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.All three of these chemicals have each been shown to stimulate brain cells to death, severely disrupt hormone balances in the brain or act as a dangerous nerve poison.
- The adverse effects of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
Little by little more changes occurred. I started teaching my girls about the dangers of eating certain foods. Its one thing to tell your child not to eat something and another to actual teach them the dangers so that when they are not with you they can make the right choices.
I have learned along this journey to a healthier lifestyle is that most people will tell you that they want to be healthier but it is a sad fact that we are lazy and want a quick fix. Another thing is with having kids there is bound to be birthday parties, holiday parties, sleepovers, play dates and all of these functions will have quick easy to make junk food readily available for them to eat.
So how do we stay healthy without being secluded?
One thing that I try to do is pack some foods or we eat prior to the function. Also treats are ok in moderation, but I will get upset with you if you buy my child a 5lb chocolate bar or if you fill a basket with candies as a present. If I feel that my kids have had too many treats, for example around a holiday then I will choose to keep my children from participating in certain functions. It is not anybody else’s responsible to monitor my children’s eating so if I don’t want them to eat something I tell them and they are responsible for what they consume or we stay away from those activities. Another thing we do is bring our own water bottles, that way we don’t fall prey to soda and juices that are loaded with chemicals.
So take it from one mom who is trying to make healthier choices for her kids, don’t start the bad habits. It’s easier then you think to make changes to your eating habits. Don’t go drastic, make small substitutions, drink more water, don’t wait for tomorrow do it today!!
Check back next week for some more helpful tips on changing your family’s eating habits.
Wishing you many Blessings
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