Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You Are In Charge

If you have youngish children you are so lucky! You can feed them whatever you want! Sure they will complain and beg and maybe even refuse to eat for a while, but eventually they will eat what you feed them. Ike - my soon to be 14 year old son - complained something fierce when we started eating Nutritarian, but now he is on board and actually prefers a plant based, non processed diet (of course he will eat junk if you give it to him - duh!).

Dr. Fuhrman recently sent out this informative email:
The Five Most Dangerous Foods to Feed Your Child

1. Butter and Cheese - full of saturated fat and fat delivered chemical pollutants

2. Potato Chips and French Fries - rich in trans fat, salt, and carcinogenic acrylamides

3. Doughnuts and other trans fat - containing sweets - rich in trans fat, sugar, and other artificial substances

4. Sausages, hot dogs, and other luncheon meats - containg N-nitroso compounds that are potent carcinogens

5. Pickled, smoked, or barbequed meats - places you at risk of both stomach cancer and high blood pressure
I used to feed my kids cheese everyday, sometimes 3 times a day, thinking that they were getting good nutrition that way. I saw the ads on TV and was trying to do the right thing.  Cheese on chips was a favorite! And rolled up lunch meat filled with cream cheese! I thought that was healthy and felt like a good mom when I made that for a snack. Oh, that I could go back and do that all over again! I had no clue what I was doing.

Here is a snack that all my kids loved (I rencently tried it out on my 8 year old nephew and it was a hit!).  Sliced apples and peanut butter. Easy peasy. I am especially fond of the Costco organic peanut butter. There are only two ingredients: dry roasted peanuts and salt. My kids liked any snack that involved dipping. My nephews are big fans of whole grain crackers dipped in hummus.

While your kids are young you can help them develop a taste for healthy nutritious food that will bless them their entire life!


the wrath of khandrea said...

so essentially, if you cut the butter and cheese, you have to cut the milk too, right? because isn't the milk the base of the cheese and butter that has the chemicals? so why is dairy bad? if you go straight organic, is that okay? dairy is important. and delicious. i'm subscribing for your response.

Cindy Marsch said...

Looking forward to a new post soon! :-)

But I've got four kids sort of leaving the nest, too (two college students still living at home, one away, and a 7th grader I'm homeschooling, while I teach over 80 students writing online), so I understand!


Cindy Marsch said...

Khandrea, I just stumbled on your comment, and I'll be glad to try to answer. :-) Dr. Fuhrman recommends people go mostly vegan, but he recognizes that limited quantities of fish, chicken, and lowfat dairy (milk, yogurt) are nutritionally sound. His objection to the butter and cheese is in its being a concentrated form of the milk that leaves mostly fat to be consumed.

I hope that helps!

the wrath of khandrea said...

so if you eat the cheese made from skim milk? what about cheeses from goats milk?

Robin said...

Andrea - all cheeses are bad for you. Bummer hu? I use to LOVE cheese. I'm over it now. I wish I could get over sugar.

Cindy - thanks for the great advice! i'm on my way over to check out your website.