5 Reasons Why It Is Easier To Feed Your Kids Real Food

We can make up all kinds of reasons as to why it is easier to feed our kids processed food.  But I am here to tell you we have been sold a bill of goods by real fine advertisers and the general population at large.  Please humor me for 3 minutes of your precious Friday and read further as to why I think they are just plain ole’ wrong.  When you buy real food from a farm and not a factory there is so much you don’t have to worry about.

You don’t have to read labels.  Yep, what I am offering here is rocket science, people.  Food from the Earth doesn’t generally sprout up with labels.  Now you may get stickers, which makes me 10 kinds of crazy but we can ignore those unless we are confused as to whether we are reaching for cilantro or parsley, in that case, stickers are necessary – very necessary. What I am so eloquently attempting to state is you don’t have to worry about ingredients because there should only be one, the actual food you are eating.  A grape is a grape.  Ahhh… the simplicity.

You don’t have to count calories.  When you eat real food you don’t have to be concerned about how many calories are residing in your broccoli or spinach because well it’s healthy and it just doesn’t matter.  Food becomes about taste and nutrition and not about whether or not you are meeting the numerical table of Weight Watchers.

You don’t have to count added sugars.  Who wants to do mental math all the way through the store?  Not this lady.  I try to limit the amount of times I have to add and then re-add math in my head.  It’s not fun. Sorry, Mrs. Lacy.  With fruit, I just load up and try not to go overboard for the day when serving it to my kids.  I don’t have to count one dang thing.  Just serve it and feel good.  And it feels so good to be so right.  Doesn’t it, mamas?

 

This is Mrs. Lacy. The math teacher. As you can see she is not pleased with my comments. Just ignore her and be happy like me you can reduce your counting at the store.

 

 

 

You don’t have to feel guilty.  I don’t know about you but I always feel a twinge of guilt when I give my kids something I know isn’t really too healthy.  Not that I should but I do and I think most mothers would agree.  We look for reasons to feel guilty sometimes.  Well… I write about mental health and nutrition and healthy lifestyles so this is my particular arena of guilt.  If I give my kids a bag of Annie’s cookies; I feel guilty.  If I give them a bag of strawberries; I don’t.  Honestly, none of us need the negative feelings so I will get straight to the point.  It makes me feel good as a parent when I feed my kid’s healthy food.  I actually derive joy from it and it builds my confidence knowing I am doing what is best.  Even if it means I am throwing in some carrots instead of a granola bar.  I will take what pleasure I can get.  Kapeesh?

You don’t have to spend a ton of money.  Real food is cheaper.  And there is no one on this planet that can tell me otherwise.  Okay maybe I would believe Oprah but no one else.  Ok?  No one.  Real food, pound for pound, is cheaper than processed food or fast food.  End of story.  Now this is where you may want to use Mrs. Lacy’s handy math skills.  Look at the cost for a pound of beans, peas, rice, corn or bananas and compare it to the processed version.  The rice cereal isn’t going to look so cheap anymore nor are the corn chips.  Sorry, Doritos! On a side note and I promise this is no lie.  Last week, a Doritos helicopter flew over my Wichita neighborhood and dropped individual bags of chips to the ground.  I swear to you.  And I stood there like an ice statue straight out of Frozen.  I could not believe my eyes.  What great heights (pun definitely intended) a company would go to get you to buy their product.  It’s not like this is Boston. They are hovering over Wichita, people.  Think of the power and influence they have over our lives.  These are the individuals who want us to believe that real food is expensive because then we wouldn’t buy their stuff.  And no, I didn’t take their chips.  Thought about it but that doesn’t really go with my whole eat real food theory.

Now I will leave you with my profound wisdom to enjoy your weekend!  Remember if you feed your kids real food you can get out of math and get out of guilt.  Win-win if you ask me! Little changes are all you need to get started.  So get to the store and grab your real food.  Just watch out for the hovering Doritos helicopters.  Seriously.

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