I spent two hours at my daughters’ school today. I was literacy helper… ?? Then I monitored the class in the lunch room as well as on the playground. I have to admit, on more than one occasion I had to stop myself from taking a photo of an unsealed ting child’s lunch. Quite honestly, it happened three times where my hand was on my phone before I remembered how inappropriate it would be for me to post pics
of someone else’s lunch box on Facebook.
SO instead, keeping those kids names candid, and their lunches anonymous, I am going to tell you the awful story of their lunch. And this isn’t a story of kissing perfection, this is a story of me being lapped in the face with how bad normal is. Listen, I know people love their kids, and through love we feel like they deerve cookies and chips, and colored yogurts with more sugar than could ever be dissolved into fluid (it hides well in yogurt though). But this kind of love could better be described as tough love… Silent tough love.
so named because these kids are being destroyed, we are 17 years away from the projected date of 1/3 of our population having diabetes. Tough silent love, obvious tonthe child that mom loves them, not so obvious that the freedom of eating jello and lunchables is leading them to disease.
Let me give some details for you. First off, the lunchables. Always bad, no way worse. You may know about nitrates And nitrites, they are carcinogens in processed meats, but at high levels in boxed conyainers like lunchables, not to mention the awful processed cheese, the crackers with trans fat, and now, the mini. Nestlé crunch bar. Hey, I am not unreasonable, I him. A kid can have a candy bar every now and again, though not one with trams fat (nestle, snickers, Hershey’s, M & M’s, etc, etc)… But to give one every day in a lunch box. Oh my, I honestly felt so sad for our country at the moment I realized four of twenty had this for their lunch.
Next, cookies. Cookies, cookies and cookies. Kids were taking out their lunches, and starting with the cookies and rainbow colored yogurt, or the bag of chips. I guess what is really important, and was shocking to me, is that this was just another day; yet there were meals being thrown around that looked like it was their birthday, or the last meal they were ever going to eat. But these meals are the norm in the school lunch world, and it isn’t a wonder that we are “Poisoned Kitchen, Toxic America”.
In closing this article, I want to ask you to speak out against the mainstream Do not feed your kids garbage, but move them closer and closer to healthy foods. They are worth it! Be Well and Blessed! – Dr. E