I am not sure when it exactly started happening, but in my life it was as a teenager. More boxed and canned items starting making their way onto the dinner table, while a few years prior most things we ate were picked by me and my family and eaten that same day. Some of that had to do with mom going to work now, whereas before she was home with the children. It seems almost impossible to work a full day and then to have to come home to make a meal as well. But eating healthy does not have to be such a challenge, but we will have to modify some of our ways.
It’s no secret our children are suffering from lack of sufficient nourishment. All foods are not created equal as we already know, but it’s really not enough to just focus on carbs, fats and proteins. There is a deeper layer that we must be aware of. Minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals to name a few are very important to the proper growth and development of our children. Without these things the body starts to breakdown and create imbalance that can lead to serious problems. We have seen cases of diabetes, heart problems, cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, ADHD, autism, asthma and allergies just to name a few diseases starting to appear at younger and younger ages.
I completely agree with Jamie Oliver there is a food revolution happening now. It will take all of our efforts and leading by example to turn these things around but it CAN BE DONE!!!! You are what you eat and incorporating just some fruits and vegetables in your daily plan can really make a difference.
I am lucky I am a mother who learned early on in my children's lives how important nutrition really is. They don’t always like what mommy makes them eat, but I think they understand that it is important to get the right foods in, at least most of the time.
I encourage all mothers and fathers to help me in this crusade to change the course to better health for us and the future generations and remember to lead by example. It’s not as bad as you think. Your taste buds can change. It takes about 20-30 days to change a habit. When you look at your life span that is nothing but the results for you and your family can be life saving. Also realize that the cells in the body are always being replaced, so we can reverse damage thorough consistent good eating habits.