Hello everyone! I am a client of Lara’s and her newest guest contributor, Dr. Jennifer Shell. My Woot! Woot! for today is – What exactly is “kid food” anyway?
I am a Chiropractor up in sunny Michigan (kidding), where I specialize in clinical nutrition. My passion is helping families get on the right track toward optimal health. I have written a book called “Food to the Rescue” to help do just that. I have two wild and crazy little boys myself, so I understand the struggles of parenthood!
Now that the intros are done, let’s discuss the topic of the day which is, when exactly did there become two groups of food? There’s adult food like chicken, salmon, vegetables, and quinoa. Then there’s “kid food,” like pizza rolls, chicken nuggets, sugary cereals, and “fruit” snacks.
My definition of “kid food” is: sugar laden chemical product that is “fun” and easy to prepare. (I think that should be added to the dictionary, don’t you?)
“Kid food” came on the scene when television started marketing to our children. The happy little characters tell our kids what’s cool to eat—just look at them dancing around with their sugary treat. Oh what fun. Then you hear, “Mom, I need that!”. You sure do baby, just like you need a hole in the head.
A couple weeks ago I was watching a show with my oldest son who is six, and a commercial came on with this big, ripped up dude pimping sugar cereal as “part of a complete breakfast”.
My son informed me this guy is a famous wrestler (how he knew that I don’t know), then he asks me, “Mom, does he really stay healthy eating that?” Why no my little brain child he doesn’t. But, he gets a fat check for saying how great it is…ain’t that the sad truth?
Okay, so we know these big business food companies have tons of money. We also know that our kids equal money in their pockets. So what do we do? We have to educate, and talk, and talk some more. Telling our kids “no, don’t eat that”, just means no to them. And we all know that no really means yes in the brains of our offspring.
I have taught my little guys that sugar is bad news. I have actually demonstrated with cupcakes after a birthday party. I let them eat them, I do. I don’t want my kids feeling that I deprive them of unhealthy sweets, I want it to become their choice to avoid them.
Then I wait. They ALWAYS wind up hot messes on the way home. Crying and fighting—it’s awesome. When we hit our driveway I calmly turn around and say, “Do you see how you are behaving? Sugar makes you guys nutty.” And you know what, it works.
I feel bad for all of the families out there who have been told that their child’s behavior problems are the result of a psychological disorder requiring medication. How sad. It’s usually just the “kid food” people.
So the key is to get your kids eating vegetables and protein right from the get go and limit sugars so as they age they realize the “kid food” out there is for special occasions. NOT EVERY MEAL! And if your children are older, lead by example and educate. Don’t just simply say no because then they think you are simply trying to control them! Be patient and keep at it, life is a work in progress!
(Dr. Jennifer Shell is a Chiropractor in Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan and utilizes Nutrition Response Testing. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Doctorate from the National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. Dr. Shell and her husband have two young sons that keep them very busy. Her message is “Health isn’t a given, it has to be cultivated!”)
Can I get a Woot! Woot! for Dr. Shell?!? Isn’t she great? Make sure to follow her on Twitter @Foodtotherescue.
Plus, we’re having a Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Dr. Shell’s book!
To enter, comment on this post and then enter the contest below to submit your entry! A winner will be selected randomly on Monday, January 27th! Hurry now and best of luck!
Enjoy your Woot! Woot! Wednesday…
just for the health of it!