A HAPPY, THOUGHTFUL MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL!
As we enjoy the first of America's great patriotic, all-consuming, over- consuming summer holidays, I thought a few words about the wonders of
food might be fitting.
It makes me sad to see how many people seem to approach eating as
just one more necessary chore. Do you simply consume your food, or do
you experience it?
THE GREAT GRILLED CHEESE AND HOT DOG SCAM
I was a kid, no one ever gave me the choice of whether or not to eat my
vegetables. Mom knew what was good for us, and, except for the
occasional bootlegged candy bar or soda, we ate and drank what she
served. Balanced meals and a sense of food adventure were part of our
though, I have to marvel at the little co-dependencies I see played out
in so many American families. Parents start their enabling by asking
their kids what they want to eat. Are you kidding me? Their kids—having
picked up the no-vegetables! mantra from friends and/or media—inevitably make poor choices.
yet, some parents don’t even ask; they just assume their kids won’t eat
anything that’s really good for them, and then fulfill their own
prophecy. This little scam is then reinforced by the kids’ friends and
their parents, and restaurants, which assume the only thing a kid’s ever
going to want is a grilled cheese or a hot dog. And we wring our hands
about the epidemic of childhood obesity!
Parents just assume their kids won’t eat anything that’s really good for them, and then fulfill their own prophecy.
today I saw a TV commercial in which a young mother's standing in her
kitchen, pondering a sort of holographic version of the nutritional food
groups pyramid. She blithely dismisses every item on the chart that's
green, saying something like, "No way my kids are gonna eat these
things!" The solution she and the sponsor propose: one of those
engineered nutritional drinks originally prescribed for kids temporarily
unable to eat solid food. So, if you can't beat 'em, fool 'em!
sad that kids—with lots of help from all the wrong places—are losing
touch with real food! For this wonder seeker, the saddest part of this
is seeing them robbed of their natural sense of adventure.
Decide for yourself what your kids should eat ... then leave them with just one choice: eat this or starve.
What can we do to reclaim wonder-full eating for our kids and grandkids? Probably the single best approach: turn off the TV.
Decide for yourself what your kids should eat—maybe offering a couple
of healthy options—and then leave them with just one choice: eat this or
Short of that draconian measure, my daughter
has a smart policy with her headstrong four-year-old: the "no thank you"
bite. When the little girl balks at eating something, she must eat at
least one bite before she's excused from the table. Then there's always
the good old dessert come-on. (I knew there was a logical raison d'etre for dessert!)
"As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices:
take it or leave it." ~ BUDDY HACKETT