The Mission for Nutrition has begun! Your assignment? Tracking down better family eating habits!
If you’re ready to accept the challenge, your instruction are as follows:
1.) If you haven’t already, post your nutrition goal for this week on your blog today, along with my Mission Family Nutrition code (see right sidebar) or link to my original Mission Family Nutrition Post.
2.) Throughout the week, implement your goal, whether it be introducing a new healthy food to your family or eliminating an unhealthy one. Maybe you want to post a new recipe you tried with your family this week. Think HEALTH, but get creative.
3.) Leave your link to your nutrition post via Mister Linky below!
If you haven’t joined in yet … it’s not too late. You can join in any time! To read my original post and instructions, click here.
You can't solve a tough case without some good information. Dr. David Winsor, my personal chiropractor and nutrition expert, is going to give us some clues to get started. He'll continue to provide us with great nutrition tips throughout our six-week challenge.
by David M. Winsor, D.C.
With the exception of major trauma, our health and longevity depend upon what we do or do not eat. The human body was designed to eat food, not synthetic genetically modified chemistry. While this concept seems obvious, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) leans far more toward convenience and speed rather than nutrient dense foods.
In the next few weeks, I hope to offer some guidance to those who may be confused by the advertising and never-ending advice from experts. Many scientists agree that this may be the first generation of children who will not survive their parents because of childhood diabetes.
Let’s start with avoiding the big three: sugar, white flour and pasta. Always ask yourself, "Where would I find this on a tree or plant?" Yes, there is sugar cane in nature, but it has fiber which buffers and protects the body. Refined sugar doesn’t. We could discuss the chemistry but let’s consider what children usually eat for breakfast.
Cereal, milk, orange juice or maybe toast or a bagel is common. This start to the day is almost all concentrated carbohydrate and the problem is that it provides an overload to the body, demanding that the pancreas work really hard. Anything not immediately used is converted into fat. The energy is short-lived and when the blood glucose falls in about an hour, concentration and mood suffer. Later in the day this child may have a carbonated beverage with more sugar and some French fries with transfats and perhaps some candy with even more sugar.
For the evening meal, it could be a rush to a fast food outlet for a quick load of synthetic meat, more trans fats and, of course a really big drink of something containing more sugar.
If this is a typical day for your child, I hope to be able to offer some better ideas. For now, let’s start with a bowl of mixed fruit, an egg and oatmeal with plain yogurt. Stay away from fruit juices. They are all concentrated carbohydrates. Eating the fruit itself buffers the sugar rush and protects the pancreas. We will talk about other meal suggestions next week.
Change is never easy, so I suggest you focus on what your child will eat that is healthy and slowly eliminate the bad stuff. As the body reacts to the more nutritious foods, cravings should decrease. You will not win this tomorrow but the rewards are well worth the effort. Remember, typical American food is the main single cause of the diseases most of us suffer and die from.
Some good thoughts to chew on, huh? Thanks, Dr. Winsor!
Be sure to leave your link below.
My goal this week is to try a new healthy recipe with my family. If it's a hit, I'll post it next Friday.
At the end of the week, I'll choose a random participant to win a $10 Target gift card!
Be advised that the suggested nutritional program is not intended as a treatment for any disease. This adjunctive schedule of nutrients is provided with the intent of supporting the physiological and biochemical processes of the human body, and not to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.
Dr. David M Winsor