It is the time of year to spring forward with vacation plans, weekend getaways and fun eating
What’s most important is that we eat with a mind-set to consume the proper nutrients for our body. This will help us to stay focused during the hot months as well as stay healthy. We have read a plethora of articles telling us to drink plenty of water to keep us hydrated and get plenty of rest. These all are very important. It is just as important to stay away from processed food. They contain a lot of sodium and additives that overtime harm to our bodies.
In an article on page 42, I talk about the school lunches our children in the USA are given. 90% of the lunches are processed foods: canned fruit, precooked meat and boxed starch. What will this do overtime to our children? Other countries, such as Italy, chooses their menu options from the local farms and is cooked in the school kitchens.
I am disappointed with what we feed our children and I have questions for our government. Do we care about our future, or is the US dollar more important? What is the lunch menu in the affluent communities? What can we do in our schools to change these harmful menus?
Michelle has done much to improve our children’s lunches; however, still much has to be done for healthier diets. Parents have to be cognizant of what their children are eating. A healthy diet is a great source for brain growth and optimal learning.
Think smart this summer.
• Buy fresh organic fruit. If your budget won’t allow it, try soaking your fruit in a cup of cider vinegar in a sink full of water for 30 minutes.
• Drink smoothies with fresh vegetables or fruit. Smoothies tend to be better than juice as you are able to obtain all of the nutrients.
• Buy meats that don’t have steroids or are injected with-chemicals. Also, eat more poultry and fish rather than red meat.
• Defused water is also great. It helps to eliminate the craving for candy. These are just a few suggestions to stay healthy this summer.
We have so much information at a click of a button. Read up on healthy eating and talk with your doctor or nutritionist. A healthy diet could extend your life and eliminate medications that you may have to take in the future if you don’t pay attention to your diet today. D