Being a parent is difficult. Our schedules are already full of practices, rehearsals, recitals and so much more. So as parents, being asked to change the way we shop, cook and eat aren’t easy tasks. I understand that the road to good health is not as simple or a glamorous as many make it out to be. Most of our eating habits are likely similar to those of our parents. Many of us think, well I turned out okay, so why not feed my children the same thing? Well I hate to say it, but today’s food isn’t the same as the food our parents fed us! Turn over a food label today and most of us can’t even pronounce the ingredients, let alone actually know what they are. It honestly frightens me at times because we have no idea what is in our food or how it will effect our bodies.
I encourage my patients and families to read labels and try to buy items that have “real” food ingredients. Monosodium glutamate, high fructose corn syrup and TBHQ are extremely common additives that are literally killing us. We have become addicted to them and now must fight the battle. These foods are impacting how our children sleep, perform in school and behave. Our babies are addicted to sugar before they can even talk. Trust me no child needs candy or sweets!! Let’s reward good behavior with praise, toys or even a trip to the park but not with food. Just think, so many of us reward ourselves with food to this day and then wonder how we added a few extra pounds on when things are going well. 🙂 When food is a reward we fail to see it a nourishment for our bodies. Food is simply the fuel our bodies need to perform it’s proper tasks.
I know we all love our junk foods and sweet beverages, myself included! But over time, I learned that my body wasn’t getting proper fuel. Would you put mud in your gas tank? Seriously, we can only perform as well as the quality grade of food that we consume. If we are demanding the best performances out of our children in school and in their extracurricular activities, it’s only fair that we give them the proper fuel for it, right? I recently encountered another physician who informed me that her mission is to end nutritional suicide! Yes, we are eating ourselves to death!
Peace of Mind Pediatrics in on a similar mission. We want children to live long healthy lives free of disease. We want to help break bad habits before children become adults and pass them along to their children. It’s not easy and we know that. We invite you to follow us on Facebook for updates and get involved. Let’s move and leave no child behind!