Alright, so I'm quickly approaching my LNA midterm and I'm doing well in the class!
Today we watched Super Size Me to go along with our nutrition lecture. And while I knew most of the information shared, it did infuriate me all over again and re-lit my desire to reign in my family's nutrition.
I wish we could have watched Super Size Me coupled with Food, Inc. because it's more than just the fast food industry's fault. We've take food so far away from the land, grandma wouldn't even recognize what we eat as food (come on now, twinkies, uncrustables, pizza bagels etc...)
The fast food industry is the blatant culprit of unhealthy food, but so many other foods in the supermarket are terrible for you as well. I mean, so much of the grocery store is corn when it's all said and done.
We really need to get back to the land and to eating locally produced products. Now, I'm preaching to the choir here, I've been really lame about eating locally lately. I believe The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals needs to be a reading priority on everyone's reading list. Read that book and then make your decisions about vegetarianism, local vs. sourced, grass-fed vs corn-fed, organic vs. non-organic, and raw vs. pasteurized and homogenized. It was the first book I read over a year ago and has led me on this journey of over a year now. It opened my eyes.
I have two kids, one with speech delays and one with possible autism/ADD/ADHD. I really was convicted today to get back to their needs and really get to the root of what's making them sick. While pursuing a nursing career is a noble goal, I have sick kids at home that need their momma to be their advocate for healthy, nutritious food that won't make them sick. I will also share some great books that have helped me learn about my kids and what might be going wrong (now to find a Dr. in the area who can back me up and get my kids on the healing path!):
- Is This Your Child by Dr. Doris Rapp
- Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Dr. Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth
- Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Oh yeah, it's also the October 2009 Eat Local Challenge. I just yanked a big handful of carrots from my garden and I hope to make hubby a nice carrot cake for his birthday. So do me a favor and try to find something to enjoy locally this month! :) Take care!