Maybe you’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat” enough times that its lost its meaning. I am reminded several times a day, when I change the diapers on my 2.5 year old son. Blueberries, corn, raisins, and a whole lot of YUCK! But if something positive can come from changing diapers, its definitely changed my attitude, and choices about what I eat. Maybe just wanting to be healthier wasn’t enough motivation, but visual proof of what goes in, is what comes out, has made me a believer.
Of course give a toddler and a preschooler a choice for lunch or dinner, and their answers are pretty standard: pizza, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, or cake. I have no idea why my son thinks cake is always an option, but he asks almost every time. Its almost like they issued me a challenge: want us to eat healthier and more fruit and veggies…you’ll have to trick us, challenge accepted!
Armed with organic spinach, organic blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and a blender I went into battle! First, I sent the kids outside to play so they wouldn’t see the spinach or avocados go into the blender. Then I added some fresh squeezed orange juice, the fruit and veggies and some ice, and bingo I’d made a purple smoothie for the kids. Finally, when they came back inside to see why I was making so much noise, I told them I’d just whipped up a smoothie for my lunch. When I didn’t offer to share, they became curious. And, just like that I had them on the hook!
Now, the kids look forward to having a smoothie once every day, either for breakfast or an afternoon snack. In between that, my son munches on organic apples, or eats a pint of whatever berries are in the fridge within his reach. Our entire family has gone from a deficit of daily servings of fruit and veggies to meeting and exceeding the daily recommendations. We’ve reduced the amount of processed crap we buy at the store, and replaced it with broccoli for munching on, or fresh Kale that we use to make snacks. (and on occasion we’ve been known to have some cake or ice cream for dessert)
We have more energy and we’re no longer a statistic! Plus, whenever possible we shop locally and support farmers in our own backyards.
Less than 5 percent of American adults eat the USDA-recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. More than one-third of the population are obese. Unhealthy Americans pose a financial burden on our nation’s health care system, with costs running about $127 billion a year.
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford or has access to organic fruits and vegetables. Take Part and the Environmental Working Group are working with Congress, and want you to sign a petition for the Organic Farm Bill.
About the Petition
Congress will soon vote on a new farm bill – the federal measure with the greatest impact on the food we eat. Currently, your tax dollars go to highly profitable agribusinesses that don’t need the help and to people who don’t live anywhere near a farm. The government does very little to help farmers grow organic fruits and vegetables.
Sign the Petition
By signing this petition, you are telling Congress that you want your tax dollars to go to programs that help families gain greater access to healthy, affordable food in the new farm bill.
This petition will be sent to Frank D. Lucas, Chairmain of the House Committee on Agriculture and Debbie Stabenew, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
What Your Signature will State
The message to send along with your petition signature will read:
“Instead of giving billions of dollars in subsidies to those who don’t need them, I want my money put to better use.
I want my tax dollars to promote organic farming, support real working farm families, protect land and water and help feed children.
Please invest in smarter food and farm policies.”
If I wanted to eat poison I wouldn’t buy fruits and veggies. Let’s support family farmers that don’t use harsh pesticides.
Thanks to TakePart for sponsoring today’s discussion.