Breakfast is the MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY!
How many times have we heard that one? Well here it is one more time. It’s true you know. As a teacher for 14 years I saw first hand the difference in kids (and teachers) who ate breakfast compared to those who did not. And let me tell you it was not pretty.
Breakfast is an interesting and I might add, favourite topic of mine. Breakfast for kids and families alike is soooooo important. The food industry has done us such a dis-service promoting things like waffles, breakfast cereals and ah yes, even coffee. Those foods, not only are nutrient deficient, they are full of C.R.A.P…Caffeine, Refined sugars, Additives and Preservatives! None of which are any good for optimal brain function first thing in the morning. Actually, come to think of it, none of that is any good any time of the day.Many people are surprised when they find out that the food they eating is not really what they thought.
Did you know that back in the 1950s-ish studies began on farming in California, you know, the state with the highest regulations? Right, so in the early 1950s one could eat one bowl of spinach to get a daily recommended dose of folic acid, in 1997 that same study was repeated on the same farm and it then took 43 bowls of that same spinach to reach the daily required amount. And that was 12 years ago…What is it like today? It is quite scary.
Then there is corn. Our staple food right? Found in everything from cereal to batteries…did you know that almost 90% of the corn seeds on this planet are now “Pesticide ready”? Do you know what that means? We now eat genetically modified food. And corn is only the beginning.
So what can we do about it? Really, we vote by what we purchase at the grocery store. If we continually buy things that are not good for us then the manufacturers will continue to put profits ahead of our healthy future. It is already being done…just look a the shopping cart next to yours.
So what can you and your family eat? Well my family sticks to the 100 mile rule as much as possible. We mostly eat foods that have been grown within 100 miles of us. Now of course that is not for everything but we do our best to keep our conventional food natural. Farmers markets are a weekly occurrence for us.
Now even we know that is not enough. We must supplement our diet with high grade vitamins, minerals and nutrients. For example the ONLY breakfast in our home for the last 4 years: (www.BestBreakfastEver.com). It sets us up for optimal nutrition every day. My clients find that when their family starts off their day right, EVERYTHING else is much simpler. Adults and kids (as young as 6 months) are seeing the benefits of what they put in their bodies first thing in the AM!
I would love to say that “yogurt and fruit” in the AM is enough, but it is not. I want to tell you that the old “eggs and toast” will see you through…but it will not…Moms need to know the truth, food is not food and water is not water. And don’t even get me starte don MILK! That is a whole other blog topic. We have to start taking a serious look at what we are truly feeding our families.
Eating a balanced diet is NOT ENOUGH. Moms have to look at everything the body ingests…from the air we breathe to the water we bathe in to the chemicals that are in our clothes and furniture and yes even our pillows.
In my house, junk food is a bad word…soda has been out for over 4 years… my girls make their own choices, I owe it all to a solid fundamental nutritional program.
What are you doing to ensure optimal health in your family?