This post is being written impulsively and I already know I'll be posting more in the future as this will be rather incomplete but, as I sat down to write about one topic, this topic just leaped out of nowhere into my head and I decided to go for it.
From the perspective of being a mom, I know it's very important to teach our kids about natural health and the difference between food products that is the main makeup of the standard American diet and REAL FOOD.
From the perspective of a homeschool mom who sometimes looks through health curriculums, I know there's not a whole lot out there that comes from this perspective.
So what I want to do here is suggest on HOW to go about teaching your kids about REAL FOOD and the differences between conventional thought and non-conventional, the latter being the thought I find to be scientifically proven and the better, healthier way to go.
The first and foremost thing you can do is have discussions with your child. Involve your child during food preparation time and while washing your fresh greens, cutting tomatoes and onions, and sautéing some grass-fed beef or chicken, discuss WHY you have chosen this meal. What nutrients is it providing? Why did you choose organic greens over conventional greens that are less expensive? Why did you choose the grass-fed beef from the farmer down in the valley instead of the bonus pack of conventional beef on sale at the local grocery store?
Secondly, involve your child in recipe selection, menu prep and grocery shopping. Give your child hands on experience in selection of nutrient dense foods, delectable treats that are actually healthy and teach them how to pick out the best produce and meats at the store.
Thirdly, find what reading materials/curriculums are available. This is the part I hope to add onto in the future. Thus far I have two particular sources that I find beneficial for kids.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma Young Reader's Edition - This is an edition of MichaelPollan's book written specifically for younger readers. You can easily assign an older child to read this, but I suggest it as a read aloud to do as a family.
- Real Food Nutrition & Health - Kristen Michaelis has an astounding blog Food Renegade and is a mother and passionate advocate for real food. Use this book and her blog as tremendous sources for endless hours of discussion and education on Real Food. She actually has a number of books and classes on her site. I was pleasantly surprised when looking for a link to include here that she has an edition of Real Food Nutrition and Health for younger kids now! It looks really good and something I'll have to check out for my younger son in a couple of years 🙂
- Blogs - There are lots of blogs out there on real food. I already mentioned Food Renegade written by Kristen Michaelis. Others I recommend are 100 Days of Real Food, and Rubies & Radishes. There are a LOT more, but like I said - this post is written a bit impulsively. I plan on working on searching out more books and completing a list of good blogs. Blogs can be read by you and then posts you feel are pertinent or relevant can be read by your child and then followed by a family discussion.
Give me some feedback. What are some other sources on Real Food that you use in the education of your child?