Fuel for Life and Learning

Feeding our Kids for Success

The VERY Real Facts

The Very Real Facts

Does your planner look like a series of pencil scribbles, pen marks, “to do’s?” How many events does your family have this week, between school, extra curricular activities, errands?

With so little time, who has time to cook? Do you have time to shop, chop, dice and deliver? Often times, the answer is “no.” And because of lack of time our solutions to breakfast, lunch and dinner either come in a box or at a “Jack-in-the-Box.”

Take a look at the statistics below.

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The Causes: Sugar and Inflammation

The Causes: Sugar & Inflammation

What we know, is that a diet rich in the three p’s: processed, packaged and preserved is a BIG culprit behind those startling statistics. Chemicals, additives, dyes and sugar--fake food--are wreaking havoc on our bodies.

Let’s zone in on sugar. Sugar causes inflammation. Inflammation is closely intertwined with almost every chronic health problem, from simple seasonal allergies, to autoimmune disorders to cancer. Inflammation is now said to be the “silent killer.” We don’t always feel inflammation, until something begins to hurt or we get sick.

What are the health issues that plague you and your children?

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What we Know:

Did you know, on average, our children consume 5 lbs of sugar per week--more than 260lbs of sugar per year?

Here’s what we know: we crave what we eat. Scientifically speaking it’s called Metabolic Reprogramming--- whatever you put into your body, your body starts to crave. Think about it: you eat a lot of carbs, your body craves carbs. Your diet high in fat? Your body wants more of it. And what about Sugar? Same is true for good food: you eat a lot of produce, guess what happens?

What kinds of foods do your kids crave?

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What's Happening?

We all know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. Every doctor, health care professional, nutritionist and dietician will tell you---eat your rainbow of colors. But why?

Oxidative Stress isn’t a topic that we hear about very often. Oxidative stress happens. It happens during our sleep, when we eat, when we feel stress, and when we exercise. Literally EVERYTHING we do causes oxidative stress. The problem? Free radicals are released and cause damage to our cells - it’s like your body starts to rust on the inside.

The damage to our cells (and our kids cells) cause disease--everything from a cold to cancer starts at the cellular level. Ever hear the word ANTIOXIDANT? Antioxidants neutralize Oxidative Stress and are ONLY naturally found in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are our greatest line of defense. Who knew?

What are some of your “go to” fruits and veggies?

The Good News

It takes a little bit of everything to stay well but some things have more of an effect than others. While an apple a day may not actually keep the doctor away, a diet centered around whole foods can absolutely change our cravings and the begin to reverse the scary health statistics.

How many servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended for our children to eat everyday? 7 to 13 servings a day

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Aren't Vitamins Enough?

But wait a minute… I give my children Vitamins. Isn’t that Enough?

When you ask anyone why they give their children a multi-vitamin, what is the response? To make up for what is missing in their children’s diet. Because often times, kids aren’t eating the right foods and missing the recommended servings of produce per day.

Our bodies know how to absorb real food. Our bodies have difficulties understanding and utilizing synthetic materials. Check out this image. See the X-ray with the vitamin that is just sitting in the gut--never absorbed into the body. Did you ever noticed the warning labels on the vitamins we give our children?

So do we have a vitamin deficiency or a real, whole-food deficiency?

Food Power is Brain Power!

Preventing illness with a strong immune system is better all around for everyone involved--as opposed to staying home with sick kiddos, every other month.

Great brain power foods:

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