Recently I’ve had the privilege of speaking with some super-cool moms at MOM’S Club of Altadena and MOM’S Club of Monrovia. (Hey Ladies! Loved meeting with you all!)
As moms today we have modern conveniences coming out ‘our ears–so why do so many of us struggle with nutrition?
Maybe it’s because–thanks to modern conveniences–it’s so easy to pop processed foods into lunch boxes as our kids sprint out the door. Maybe it’s because as a society we place far more emphasis on test scores than we do on eating properly. Maybe it’s because we’re all so dang busy…
What I have learned since beginning my family-journey nine years ago is that if you want to eat well and get your family to do the same, you have to be very intentional about it. If you’re occasionally flipping through a magazine article or glancing around at what most people consume, well, you’ll see it’s a low bar.
I’ve seen statistics that state somewhere around 4% of children eat properly on a regular basis. Childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes is rising so quickly that experts predict our kids’ generation will actually have a shorter life expectancy than ours.
Um… what the WHAT!?
I’m a “Generation X’er.” What is my children’s generation going to be labeled? “Generation heavier-die-younger?”
When I talk to moms about nutrition my message is triple motivated 1. I have a handle on easy-tasty-healthy food at my house (my kids are in that 4 %!) and I’m thrilled to share what I know. 2. I’m hoping that if more people like me do this we can, perhaps, come up with a different label for all our kids to share!
3. Besides reminding myself of the importance of what I do in the kitchen I always learn from other parents when I present. It’s just as empowering to share my message as it is to get ideas from others.
Here’s to finding healthy journey for all our families–and to enjoying the experience along the way!
Making the world a better place, one meal at a time: that’s me. 🙂