“We have raised a generation who don’t know how to cook and live instead on processed or fast foods. And quite frankly, it’s killing us. Shopping, cooking, and eating are political acts with far-reaching benefits to our health, the earth, the economy, and beyond. Contrary to what the food industry would have you believe, real food can be inexpensive and easy to prepare. Whether you’re a kitchen newbie or a pro chef.” ~Dr. Mark Hyman
It is an epidemic of massive proportions. Our kids lives are in danger. From what? What they’re being fed. It scares me, and here is why:
- Nearly 1 in 3 adolescents are overweight or obese.
- It is estimated that 9.4% of children ages 2-4 are already obese.
- 4% of children ages 6-11 are overweight.
- 20% of teens, aged 12-19 are obese.
- Nearly $200 billion dollars are spent every year on obesity related diseases.
- Children who are obese are already showing signs of heart disease.
Overweight kids are more likely to have:
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Muscle and joint pain which leads to arthritis
- Fatty Liver, gallstones, reflux
- Psychological problems (self-esteem, depression, anxiety)
The rates of autism are now up to 1 in 45, with boys being the most effected. Autistic kids are at a higher risk for:
- Seizure disorders
- Neurogenetic conditions
- Gastro-intestinal disorders
- Obstructive sleep disorders
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction
On average, 1 in every 3 kids in a classroom has been diagnosed with ADHD and that number is rising. Health risks stemming from hyperactivity include:
- Learning disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance abuse problems
- Sleep disorders
- Conduct disorders (antisocial, fighting, oppositional defiant disorder)
The sad truth is that our kids are not living and thriving. Quite possibly, they are actually already starting a long slow decline. A decline towards disease and eventually early death before they really even get started in life.
We need to get our kids in the kitchen and teach them to take control of their health. Let’s teach them that what they eat, really matters.
Our children are getting sicker and sicker. They are bombarded with nutritionally deficient and highly toxic foods – and drinks – and it is completely wrecking their little bodies.
If we don’t take action NOW, they are on a fast track towards a lifetime of debilitating disease and early death.
As parents, we are sold a bill of lies that the packaged foods on store shelves are perfectly healthy, when in actuality they are loaded with sugar, salt and chemicals. We are bombarded with advertisements for junk food and packaged foods that slap the words “nutrition” and “healthy” on them, even if they are far from it. We read articles that contradict each other on what exactly is the right diet. We are being duped into trading convenience for health. As a result, because parents are confused, our kids have no idea what nutrition is. They have no idea what healthy food is. And worse, they have no idea just how bad junk food actually is.
The over-toxification and nutritional deficiencies of our kids is caused by the foods they eat and is exacerbated by environmental toxins. The good news is we can do something about it.
We can stop this societal norm that is running rampant in our country. The norm that kids will have neurological disorders, carry extra weight, and be too tired and lethargic to do much more than watch TV and play video games. It starts with getting in the kitchen with your kids and cooking real food.
I have a great deal of recipes on this blog that are nutritious and plant-based, start there. Search for your favorites and cook with your kids. Let them choose a recipe, they tend to try more foods when they can take ownership and choose what they eat. Let them make a mess and make mistakes. It is the best way to learn, after-all. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, as well. Show them that trying something new is fun and exciting. Teach them that “you win some, you lose some” but never give up trying. Make each recipe your own, tweak it to suit your tastes. But bottom line, get in the kitchen with real food and with your kids.
If you need guidance, send me an email (email@example.com), and I will coach you through every step of the way. Change is hard. Damn hard. But you deserve it, your kids deserve it. All kids deserve our absolute best. I know you know that sugar and processed food is bad for them. Let’s get them (and you!) off the dependence on convenience based products. Because what are we really trading for convenience? Our life.