I have a lot to say about this image…but I want to preface this blog post by saying that I am coming at this from a non-judgmental, completely observational and loving perspective.
So here’s the story. I was at a business lunch meeting with several colleagues a few months ago. We were talking about our kids and a few people brought up issues their kids were having with digestion and food sensitivities.
The conversation took a turn when one colleague shared that she could always tell the kids whose parents feed them real food because when these kids visit her house “they go nuts” over her snacks. (i.e. junk food).
Then she said “I feel bad for them because they never get to eat cookies and fruit roll-ups and stuff.”
She feels bad for them.
This statement shocked me. She was talking about my kids. And feeling sorry for them. For eating real food. And being deprived of junk food.
After the shock wore off, I couldn’t shake the thought and it honestly makes me sad. This sentiment is so common today and it’s unfortunate because feeding our kids junk and sugar day in and day out is a huge contributor to
2. Diabetes; and
3. Autoimmune conditions.
It’s thoughts like this that honestly make me feel overwhelmed with my work as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who promotes real food and removing toxins from our environment as a solution to modern diseases. I have so much work to do!
We need to change the story here.
In the words of the famous Missy Elliott, we need to flip it and reverse it. Instead of feeling sorry for anyone’s kids who are fed mostly whole foods, ask how to get kids to eat more fresh vegetables and real food.
One of the ways we do this in our house is that there is no such thing as “kid” food.
Food is food.
Whatever we make for dinner is what everyone eats – no alternatives are offered (unless someone is sick or something).
They don’t have to like it and they don’t have to clear their plates. But they do have to try it. It’s that simple.
We lead by example. And we’re all healthier for it.
So please, don’t feel sorry for my kids.
French Kids Eat Everything – Book
The Foodee Project – Food plans
The Paleo Kids Cookbook – Recipes
Feeding Kids Paleo – Robb Wolf Blog Post
A version of this post first appeared on Instagram.