Modern day eating looks very different from a thousand years ago. Our ancestors spent the better part of their days looking for food, cleaning/preparing/cooking their food and purposing all parts of that food (skin, bones, meat, stalks, leaves and roots) as a vital part of their existence. When we think of sourcing food today, for some of us, it’s as easy as the ‘click’ of a mouse. We are ordering groceries, meal kits, juices, takeout and snacks online. Strangers are shopping for us, packaging our food and delivering it to our door, whew, I’m tired just thinking about it!!! Yes, I understand that our lives are busy…….but have we become disconnected from where our food is coming from???
It saddens me to think that for many of our children, their experience with food will be narrowed to a drive-through, a phone app or the ring of the doorbell. It is vital that our children understand the connection between food and health. We have witnessed the exit of comprehensive health education from our schools, therefore, as their parents we must provide them with solid information on sourcing and eating healthy food for life.
The solution is simple: Take your child to the grocery store, farmers market, a farm or a community garden. Teach them how to balance a healthy plate. Let them pick vegetables and fruits that they are interested in and encourage them to try ones that they haven’t tried before. Exposure is key! Be a good example to your children and get ‘hands-on’ with preparing food in your own kitchen. If they see you eating and enjoying healthy food, they will be empowered to try new things and eat what you are eating. Lastly, remember the most important rule about eating healthy: choose foods that come from the trees, the land and the sea and you will closer to your ancestors than you have ever been!
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