Hundreds of thousands of children in our so-called civilized nation go to school hungry. Millions of children are fed via drive-through windows too, and if they don’t get what they want, the parent knows there will be a scene…so they get what they want.
Other busy parents have been brainwashed into thinking that a pack of expensive multi-colored cereal with sprayed on vitamins and minerals will keep their child happy all morning, plus a few heaping spoonfuls of sugar.
All these things add up to poor nutrition. Healthy growing bodies need a complex and constant supply of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace elements and those don’t come in boxes.
Those are Unhappy Meals.
More and more we hear about the bizarre behavior of children in school, dreadful academic results and poor attention spans. The sugar, colorings, flavorings and chemical additives in food designed specifically to appeal to busy moms and dumb kids are definitely to blame.
It’s a hard cycle to break but it can be done. It comes down to education and a complete change of habit. Yes little Johnny probably is going to have a fit if he doesn’t get his multi-colored jujubes for breakfast, but YOU are the parent…YOU should be in charge.
As a parent you want the best for your child don’t you?
Thankfully many school cafeterias are now offering healthier lunches and snack choices. Soda machines have been banished to the scrap yards and nutritionally savvy people have been brought in to ensure that children get a good balanced meal.
Make sure that your children start and end the day with an equally nutritious meal and you’ll probably see little Johnny’s grades improve. He won’t be bouncing around all morning because he’s full of sugar and asleep all afternoon because he’s crashed!
“The result? A calmer less hyperactive child who may just be able to get down to some learning and concentrate – and he or she may even become like able again.”
Did you know that the average American child consumes over 150 pounds of refined sugar every year? Next time you’re in the supermarket add up all those 5-pound bags of sugar on the shelf and see what that looks like. It’s garbage, poison.
Did you know that during the processing of most cereals, all the good parts of the grain are removed and then sprayed on afterwards, plus color and flavor enhancers? They are chemicals; stuff the human body is neither used to nor needs. It’s no wonder all those kids are being diagnosed with autism, Attention Deficit Disorders and all the rest.
Start weaning kids off this stuff. Give them fruit to eat, even if it’s a banana in the morning. A boiled egg and some whole wheat toast and a glass of milk doesn’t take too long to prepare. In those 4 things you’ll be giving your child a laundry list of essential calcium, vitamins, proteins and minerals.
And the cost?
About the same as a drive-through sandwich. And the time it takes to prepare? Less time than you spend burning gas and waiting at the drive through window.
A calmer less hyperactive child who may just be able to get down to some learning and concentrate – and he or she may even become like able again.
Healthy foods do not have to be boring.
Indeed some of the most nutritious foods are very colorful – carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, and peas to name a few, so find ways of introducing better quality food into your family’s diet.
Read the labels on packages; avoid all artificial colorings especially Yellow No. 5 and Red No. 40 and avoid anything that contains sucrose, fructose – basically anything ending in -OSE. Buy plain sugar-free yogurt and add fresh fruit to it. Use honey or agave nectar as a sweetener.
Okay fries now and again isn’t going to hurt and a squirt of ketchup, despite all its sugar content won’t do too much harm. The fast food window can be a treat, a reward for good grades and achievements, believe me that tactic works! The point is, make the BULK of your child’s diet nutritious, NOT sugar and grease laden JUNK.
A revised shopping list may just mean you end up with a genius…and not an anti-social drop-out.