The morbid diet of typical American kids
I once volunteered to work the snack shack at our local football field during practice. OMG was that an eyeopener! My kids were born in Dubai and fortunately all the moms around me were seriously into healthy food. So as a new parent, I started off on good, solid ground...Giving my kids a great intro & head start.
Moving to America made it harder to keep my kids away from junk food...and there is SO much of it here in a hundred different terribly unhealthy synthetic shapes and sizes. Big, bright colored 'ring pops', sugar coated sugar sticks...And if it wasn't the unnatural colored hard shiny sugar they wanted, it was refined sugar in a drink. Kids that were no bigger than 3 feet tall asking for a large Pepsi or bright blue, red, green, purple syrups over ice that stained our skin, topped with a clear syrup that made the other syrups sour...I can't imagine what color the inside of these kids' bodies are being stained.
I had to remind myself that: it is a choice after all. Obviously their parents have no clue about what they are doing to their children - or it if they do, they just don't care...Or, they just can't help themselves. It is far easier to say yes than no - I understand this.
WOW. Back to Ruth Bernhard's quote, "If you can't see what is not visible, you can't see anything." and that one I have come to really identify with: "Ignorance is bliss."
Carbonated soft drinks are the single most consumed food in America. It is big business. Soft drink companies spend roughly $700 million a year on media advertising, and Americans buy into it big time. The facts are completely ignored ~ the fact is these drinks represent totally empty calories that lead directly to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, osteoporosis, kidney stones, promotes ADD, hives, asthma and other allergic reactions, tooth decay and erosion.The danger not only lies in what these drinks contain, but what they replace in the diet (food and beverages that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.)
Dr. Judith Valentine paints a very clear picture in her paper for the Global Healing Center. She begins: The addict feels low. His body needs a boost. He reaches into his pocket and finds a dollar bill. He slides it into the machine and a can rolls out. He opens the can and guzzles. He feels his energy return. His fix will last a couple of hours, enough to keep him alert for the rest of the morning. The addict is twelve years old and his drug is a soft drink, purchased from a vending machine in his school. This addict and thousands like him will attend special classes, sponsored by his school, to warn him about the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. But no one will tell him about America's other drinking problem.
Get educated. Make good choices...your future depends on it today.
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Tip #9 ~ eat lots of mushrooms at all times.