Paramount to our existence. Parts of this we know, parts of this are elusive. How do we get to where we need to be?
Enter Earth Day Dallas, an outdoor festival in Fair Park designed to influence the way we think and live around our health and environment. It’s fun, it’s free, and it shows us how green lifestyle choices can lower costs of living, improve our health and preserve the planet. Films, fun runs, food, yoga, gardening. Quite frankly, this expo houses so many topics and forums it will make your head spin til you turn green.
This is super cool. And super important. Important to you, to your family, to your planet. And I am THRILLED to be a part of it! I will participate in a discussion called Farm to School Panel: Reinventing School Food Programs. I LOVE this topic and will serve on the panel.
We owe it to our children, our little GEMs, to guide them into a lifestyle that is healthy, shiny and bright.
I know you will be front and center next weekend to hear this fascinating discussion. In the meantime, here are three things you need to know and practice with your kids.
- Feed their minds, body and spirits. It is a whole body existence. Health is a full circle.
- Set the stage – Eat right and with your family. Family dinner time is the key to a successful, functioning family.
- Offer non-food rewards – Cookie rewards are for the birds, and support an unhealthy relationships with food and success/failure.
Everything we hear these days is about if it feels good do it, — in ‘moderation’ of course. THAT is sheer propaganda. It’s like the serpent in the Garden of Eden telling the first couple it’s ok to take just one bite. Don’t get me wrong, ‘moderation’ still means the occasional Burger House, Mema Mary’s caramel cake, DQ blizzard …those things are still ok once in a while. HOWEVER, there are some things should never hit your lips. I mean it. Never. Here are a few of those things:
Anything with COLOR not occurring in nature.
Artificial food coloring. No matter what the dye number, this stuff is toxic. Not just a little bit toxic either. The EU has already banned many of these dyes from entering their food source. FDA? Not a chance. Those food industry lobbyists (the Fruit Loop loving folks from General Mills and the like) are just too tight with the good ole government that touts itself as our protector. Food coloring is a derivative of PETROLEUM. Yes, petroleum. Would you pour 40 weight oil into your oatmeal?
Microwave Popcorn. Remember that freaky guy who sniffed microwave popcorn everyday and then he got sick? Have you ever heard of anyone getting sick sniffing lemons? Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), say what?? in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize—and migrate into your popcorn. They stay in your body for years, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in lab animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but until then, use a Whirly Pop and coconut oil. Healthy and FUN for the whole family!
The entirety of anything larger than your head in one sitting. This is more portion-control than foodstuff-related, but it’s important. If it’s bigger than your cabeza, whether it be bowl of popcorn, ham hock, or butter sculpture, it’s more than one serving. Failure to follow this rule will result in a wide variety of issues, not including the obvious FAT ASS.
Anything that resembles plastic. Seriously: you can make a perfectly good macaroni and cheese without Velveeta (and the yellow dye they use in it). Likewise, you can probably live without creepy fruit roll-ups in neon colors, strangely flexible things, or oddly shiny foodstuffs that resemble the packaging that they came in more than what they claim to be. If it looks, smells, and acts like plastic, it probably is made from something like plastic. Life is too short for that.
A rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce it, get all your ingredients for it at a regular grocery store, it glows in the dark, or if you need a turkey platter to put it on…don’t eat it. I promise you will live longer.