We Need to Fight for Our Kids
Being a mama is the hardest job out there. We take it on with no formal training, little experience, and so much raw emotion for this tiny human that we created that we feel like we will explode. It’s tough on our bodies, our emotions, and our minds. We are responsible for these children, and it is a lot of pressure to make sure that we make the right decisions when they can’t.
We learn early on to pick our battles; because with toddlers, we could be battling from dawn until dusk if we don’t choose wisely. They will fight us on basic things such as using the potty (seriously, if you have to go so bad that you’re dancing, then I’m going to make you stop playing and GO!), to things that aren’t as important such as picking out their own clothes (stripes and plaid together? Whatever, let’s just get in the car). But one thing that I can’t say strongly enough is this — their health is worth fighting for.
It may seem like an obvious statement, because we don’t want our kids sick. We take them to the doctor and try to make sure they’re always healthy. However, when we take a look at what our kids are eating, we start to see how we are not prioritizing their health like perhaps we thought. It’s something that’s going to take active work, and we have to remain vigilant. The sugar, the chemicals, and everything else will sneak back in the moment that we aren’t looking.
We give them cereal for breakfast because the commercials tell us it’s healthy; but it often lacks the vital nutrients they need and causes a blood sugar spike because it’s easily digested. They are often lacking in protein, because kids need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight every day. They are growing and repairing, so their requirements are higher than ours.
Our children eat way too much sugar, because it’s hidden in everything. They’re as addicted as we are, and their growing bodies are being negatively affected by it — we can tell with the problems focusing, the lack of quality sleep, and the skyrocketing rate of diabetes in kids. We need to change this, mamas.
Our kids rely on us to provide everything that they need, and they need us to fight for their health. They need us to fight them on eating vegetables until they’re familiar. They need us to take away the electronics and play outside with them because the exercise helps their growing bodies. They need us to do our own research on ingredients and nutrition instead of believing the marketing gimmicks at the grocery store.
This way of feeding our children does require a little more work, but it’s not as much as you may think. Our kids are growing, and they need foods that have nutrients in them if they’re going to grow properly. The convenience foods these days are full of ingredients that cause problems in our bodies, and then we wonder why we’ve got epidemics of autoimmune disease, diabetes, and behavior problems in our kids.
It’s been said that we are raising the first generation of kids that are not expected to outlive their parents, because the food we are giving them is not food for healthy, growing bodies. That is terrifying, mamas. But together, we can change that. This is the reason that I wrote a book to help other parents take the necessary steps toward healthier families. I couldn’t believe what I was actually feeding my kids when I really looked at the details. Our kids need us to fight for them, and feeding them whole, nutritious foods is the best place to start!
It’s a slow path to wellness, especially when you’re dragging screaming kids with you. But it’s possible. And I can guarantee you that if you start taking steps toward health now, you will be able to set your family up with good habits for life.
My book will help you to outline the steps to take so that you can attain health with your family too. You can get a free sample chapter here, along with a pre-launch discount code!
Let’s take back our kids’ health, mamas.