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.

Reduce Back To School Stress In 5 Simple Steps

Returning to school can be a trigger for many children, teens and even parents.  The flexibility of the summer gives way to the rigidity of the school year and with it comes an increase in anxiety, acute and chronic stress and depression.  Whether your child struggles with a clinical diagnosis or not does not take away from the impact the beginning of an academic year can have on a child’s thoughts, feelings and behavior.  Make sure your child gets off to a good start when the school bell rings.  Try out my ideas below:

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Nutritional Benefits Of The Watermelon

Nothing says summer like a nice, big slice of sweet watermelon.  Comprised of nearly 91% water, this delicious fruit helps detox the body by flushing the system of toxins and excess fluid.  Particularly love the juicy pieces of pink flesh?  Go ahead and swallow the seeds and rind too! All is edible with the rind containing more chlorophyll and citrulline than the core.  Dr. Mercola informs us that “citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions.”  No need to list 100 health conditions.  Just eat watermelon and know you pretty much have it all covered.

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2 Simple Ways To Make Eating Healthy, Quick And Inexpensive

Most people would equate healthy eating with the notion that it will take heaps of time and money, therefore, they glide through a drive-thru in an attempt to avoid the inconvenience of cooking and the expense of shopping.  But I think that is where the Western mentality gets it absolutely wrong. It is cheaper to cook at home. It is healthier to cook at home.  And it does not have to take an inordinate amount of time to do it.

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Random Thoughts On Gardens And Thumbs

Photo courtesy of my dear friend, Laura Forssell – a nonmurderer of gardens.

I wish the garden could be my medicine cabinet.  But it can never be my medicine cabinet.  Because I kill gardens.  Even when I try not to kill gardens.  I under water my pots.  I go three, four or five days without watering my pots.  Then I realize I have neglected my garden.  So I over water my pots.  I over water to compensate for the poor decision to under water, which in fact is just another poor decision.

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Peas: The Gateway Green Vegetable

Kale is all the rage these days.  It’s touted as a super food for its superior nutrition but the average kid isn’t going to bring a wilted piece of kale within five inches of his or her sweet little lips for two reasons usually.  One: it is green.  Two: it is a leaf. So what is a parent to do?  You could get into a battle over dinner about the kale that has found its way to your child’s plate or you could escort a new little guy into town.  Welcome my friends to the gateway green vegetable – the pea.

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How Snacking Behaviors Can Work Against Us

Children like love snacks.  Ask any kid.  They don’t want breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Who wants a crazy thing like a meal when you can have… wait for it, wait for it… a bag of snacks!  We wonder why our children aren’t hungry at meal time and then realize they have quietly been grazing their way through the day. Doesn’t allow for the hunger pangs to exactly set in, does it?  Don’t worry.  I am not being one of those judgy (is that a word?) moms.  I’m guilty as charged.  In fact, I am guiltier (really I should work on my grammar) because I actually write a blog about food and emotional health and all that jazz.  Anyway,  where were we? Keep on reading>

The Truth Behind Moods And Foods 4 Kids (Q & A)

 

What is the purpose of your blog? I am hoping to create a change in the conversation surrounding mental health especially for the sake of children.  I grew tired of the public discourse: anti-depressants or not? I didn’t see anyone writing about nutrition.  I didn’t see anyone discussing exercise.  I didn’t see anyone taking a holistic angle to mental health for children and adolescents.  There is so much more to add to the conversation.  I wanted to open the discussion.  We have to admit the medical model is not working.  If it were, we wouldn’t have the statistics we have currently.  A 400% increase in children using psychotropic medications since the 1980’s has not slowed the march of mental illness in America.  A suicide rate that has doubled among teens in the last 10 years; a 30% increase in anxiety and depression among adolescents – these are horrifying trends.  As a parent and as a therapist, I felt that we were missing some very basic connections and that is the purpose of my blog – to make the connections for people.  And I want to help people.  Ultimately, help as many people as I can.

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