Did you know there are people with jobs that are specifically trying to figure out how to make your food addictive? The more you crave it, the more you buy it. The more you buy, the more the food manufacturer profits.
So, now, not only does that “strawberry” treat have no real strawberries in it, but it’s full of “artificial and natural ingredients” and laced with additional chemicals to make you want more and more of it. And why wouldn’t you? There’s no real nutritional value in it anyway.
Our kids are exposed to all sorts of horrible food choices every day, yet most parents have no clue how bad these processed foods really are.
First of all, let’s take corn. Did you know corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup are in almost everything in a box or bag… aka, processed! “So?” you say. Corn, unless it’s organic, has been genetically modified… at least enough of it has that I’m not trusting any of it for MY kids. When given the choice of sweet, organic corn and genetically modified corn, pigs pick the real thing. Why shouldn’t you? Especially for your growing kids!!
Now, let’s talk about those calories in all those snack and fast foods. You eat a burger and fries or, perhaps, chicken nuggets and chips and wonder why you are fatigued, overweight, apathetic, and foggy. Your body and your kids don’t get nutrition out of those things. All they get are empty calories, coupled with the addictive chemicals added to the foods, which makes everyone just want to eat and eat and eat. It’s not your fault. It’s the way our bodies are made. You can eat 500 calories of fresh, organic fruits and veggies, and your stomach will trigger to your brain that you are full. However, when you eat the same amount of calories through less nutritious, nutrient-lacking foods, you don’t feel full on the same amount of calories because your body needs more. It needs those missing vitamins and minerals. Couple that with the addictive nature of most processed foods these days, and you have a dangerous slope of getting addicted to foods and eating almost constantly just to feel full!
Be careful. Don’t fall into this trap. The only ones who benefit are the food manufacturers from your wallet!
And just like it affects you, it’s affecting your kids. Did you know 1 in every 5 American four-year olds is considered obese?! That is a startling statistic to me! And it should be to you.
If your kids are anything like mine, their little bodies are sensitive to these things. Start listening to their health complaints. These food choices may already be affecting them negatively. And they may be addicted already, too.
We may not be able to control what’s in processed foods, which take up most of the grocery stores these days. However, we can definitely control what we put in our own mouths and what we choose to set on our tables for our families.
Don’t get sucked into the game of “living to eat.” We eat to live our lives of blessing, fun, excitement, happiness, and HEALTH!
How can you change what you eat today to benefit yourself and your kids for future good health and better food choices?
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!