Educate children about food

Educate children about food is what I want to talk about in this post.  I know this sounds like common knowledge but I don’t think many people are doing it.  Not too long ago I heard a kid say, I don’t want celery on my hamburger mom.  I was in awe, not knowing the difference between celery and a pickle is hard to believe.  You think maybe he just got the words mixed up but that’s not true at all.  I know grown adults that have never tried an avocado, a red pepper and various fruits that can be found year round at the grocery store.  Which there’s nothing wrong with but, that’s my point, at a young age we were never introduced to different kinds of food, we were never given the opportunity to experience new foods, whole foods which is why I believe we have the obligation to teach our children about food.

If we want to have healthy children, if we want to give them every advantage in life, then don’t we have an obligation to teach our children about healthy food, about healthy living?  If we want to be not only obesity but child obesity free (which is actually on the rise), shouldn’t we be educating ourselves on what foods will make us feel better, what can heal us, how to avoid packaged foods and what’s in them so we can inform out children?

We’re a fast food society, we really are.  But the only people that can change this is us.  Think about that one, think about raising a child on fast food and then trying to get them to live healthier when they’re 30.  I don’t want to say they missed the boat but they will certainly be fighting an uphill battle the rest of their lives.

Educate children about food is the only way we're beat child obesity and give our youth a chance to live a healthy lifestyle

Educate children about food is the only way we’re beat child obesity and give our youth a chance to live a healthy lifestyle

And this isn’t a firm talking to, this isn’t a reality check, this is real talk, this is a message to each one of us that plan on or are raising a child.  We have an obligation to not only teach ourselves about food but to teach our youth who is the next generation, who will run this world and who will have children of their own.

If we really want to make a difference, if we really want to make a change, if we want to start feeling better, avoid a unhealthy de-energized life then we need to look within.  We need to look in the mirror instead of pointing our fingers.  We’re the only one that can make a difference; weren’t the only ones that can choose a healthy way for our children; and we’d all be better off if we realized that now, instead of later down the line.

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