Experts recommend a food journal. I recommend a junk food journal. This blog’s focus began with urging parents to track the amount of treats presented to kids on a daily/weekly basis and why it’s important so you can stay in the pediatrician recommended range of 2 to 3 treats per week. It was my first hand account in real time, of my struggle, or as i like to say, “food fight.”
After one year, it has evolved to focusing on the beauty and fun of real food. I used to be a bit embarrassed to stand out in a crowd and say No to fake food. BUT NOW I AM PROUD. My family and I became powerful and in control of our food and food education. I stand up for real food and am not timid about it. I am cooking more at home, and everyone who knows me, knows i am synonymous with real food and “no junk.” I like to do freelance writing, food photography and connect with people through social media.
So, this is what i wrote when i first started my blog, enjoy:
I drink matcha green tea and strong coffee. I eat gluten-free frozen yogurt and custard. I eat sushi and red meat. And I’m probably as confused as anyone as to what to feed our kids. But i know what not to feed them. Apples with peanut butter? Good. Vanilla flavored milk? Bad. Popcorn seeds popped in olive oil? Good. A sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles? Very bad. Naughty.
If we want to eat badly, that’s our own choice. We know better. But it is our responsibility to teach all children what to eat. Businesses want to make money off your kid. They want to make it so sugary, fun and colorful that they just can’t resist. We need to clear out the noise and develop their taste buds for real food, not processed junk food. Who’s with me? This is where places of education need to step it up. Room moms and fellow parents need to step it up. Food manufacturers need to step it up. I need to step it up. Please don’t hand my kid a lollipop and then smile at me like you just did me and my child a favor. I am so over that. Feed them healthy, run around with them- and then i know you really care about us. Giving them three juice boxes at a playdate “because they were thirsty” makes me think twice before i friend you on Facebook. (kidding.)
When I first had kids, and was re-introduced to the land of sugar, I couldn’t believe the amount of junk that went into those perfect, little bodies on a weekly basis. Once I became aware of the rise in cases of children with diabetes and obesity, it was GAME OVER. Wake. Up. America. Put in a new quarter and choose “start a new game.”
My philosophy? I guess I can sum it up by…eat birthday cake. Trick or Treat as late as people will let you. Go after that parade candy! As fast as you can before another kid gets it! Now have some candy and throw the rest out. Don’t eat two orange pumpkin heads full of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate eyeballs. Halloween lasts but one night- not the whole month. But don’t fear my child, more treats are probably just a day away. And remember what your Pediatrician recommends? Two to three treats a week! We are so screwed. Try, try, and try again. This gives a whole new meaning to food fight.