I have to admit: I got to the library at least once per week. I read pretty much everything I can get my hands on regarding nutrition, how food effects us and our children, allergies, intolerances, and raising our kids to be healthy. I love a lot of books. But, I am starting with this one, not because it is my usual easy-breezy fun and inspiring style, but because it is so important. And I read something in author, Robyn O’Brien’s blog yesterday that scared me. Robyn said, “Our children have earned the title “Generation Rx” and “Generation XL” due to their escalating rates of obesity and these other conditions.” Ouch. Wow. I read this and felt as if someone had kicked me in the stomach. Do you agree?
These other conditions that she is referring to includes asthma, allergies, diabetes, ADHD and autism. And not to worry, she’s not judging. Her own daughter has food allergies, too. As a parent of a kiddo with a few different health concerns, I sure am grateful we have champions like Robyn in our corner. I am looking forward to hearing your impressions of this book.
Overwhelmed? I know, I am, too. But, from Robyn’s Blog, here are just a few things we can start with at home:
|Instead of:||Choose This!|
|Cheetos||Fritos or Natural Cheetos|
|Fat Free Miracle Whip||Original Miracle Whip|
|Lenders Blueberry Bagels||Lenders Cinnamon Raisin Bagels|
|Hawaiian Punch||Minute Maid Fruit Punch|
|Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mix-yellow||Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mix – White Cheddar|
|Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake mix||Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix|
|Prepackaged noodles with powder mix||Bag of noodles with butter/olive oil|
|Prepackaged mix of rice||Bag of plain rice with salt/spices added|
|Lowfat Ice Cream||Original Ice Cream|
|Strawberry Ice Cream||Vanilla Ice Cream with your own toppings!|
|Blue Yogurt||White yogurt – add your own toppings|