Kids And Healthy Eating: Are We Overdoing It?
I grew up eating junk food. Not every day. Not even every other day. But it was in my life and today, I’m a very healthy person. I live a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy and even crave healthy food. I cook most of my meals from home. Over half of my grocery cart is fruits and veggies and so over half of each of my meals is, too. I know about checking for tons of artificial ingredients, high sugar, and high sodium. All of that being said, I have quite happy and nostalgic memories from my childhood of eating “bad” food. I have memories of ice cream cake at birthdays and fast food on road trips and candy during movie night. Isn’t part of being a kid just not living by the rigid rules adulthood will impose on us? I’ve caught wind of the new healthy “standards” for children’s diets and I have to wonder: are we overdoing it? I know parenting has changed over the years, and in many ways for the better, but are kids too healthy now?
Only fruit for birthdays
At my friend’s child’s school, things like cake and cupcakes are not permitted for kid’s birthdays. The only sweets allowed for such events are fruit. What? These poor kids can’t even enjoy some cake on their birthday? It’s a special occasion—they eat fruit every day of the year.