An in-the-car dialogue.
M1, 9 years old, said with urgency: Mom–we need to go to the grocery store.
Mom, perplexed: Why?
M1: We don’t have anything to eat.
Mom, still a little confused: Well, what do you want? We have roasted chicken, left-over steak fajitas, pumpkin soup, applesauce, apples, bananas, oranges, grapefruits, vegetables–
M1: —we only have one apple. It’s bad. We don’t have any snacks.
Mom: We have almonds, raisins, and I can cut the bad spot out of that apple.
M1, finally a bit whiny: But (hard pause)–we don’ have anything fun to eat during a movie.
Mom, finally a bit exasperated: Food is for nutrition, M.C., not amusement.
Almonds, sunflower seeds, pecans, raisins, dried apples, apples, applesauce, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, vegetables, chicken, steak fajitas (no tortilla), honey, maple syrup…I am no Scrooge. Check out my snack page. We make these all periodically still in our house. But enough is enough. I am a doctor. I am a compassionate human being. And I care.
Food is for nutrition, not amusement. You can do this for yourself and your children. They deserve the proper approach to food to be taught to them. Soda pop, juice, candy, candy bars, crackers, chips, fruit snacks, and other processed foods should be TREATS. You start watching and counting when you see kids eating these things. Better yet, have your kids start counting with you. These foods aren’t treats anymore. They are staples. And YOU are a tool for the food and marketing industry. YOUR KIDS are tools for the food and marketing industry. Don’t let your kids be tools. Don’t you be a tool.
And lastly, as you deal with food in your house, please, please, please focus on nutrition. Do not let it become about “fat.” If we eat whole, real foods, our bodies will conform to a natural size for us. If we use food as nutrition, rather than a boredom filler, anxiety smoother, or daily amusement, we will be “healthy.” Please. Somebody cares.