Any healthy person who has a child wants the best for their child. It is instinct and normal to do so. We want to do everything in our power to make sure they are happy, healthy and will soon become a healthy, productive member of society who earns their own way and hopefully contributes in a healthy way to society. The last thing we want to do is to hurt them. Unfortunately, our society, as it is today, is not a good parent. It does not necessarily want what’s best for its children. It is self-preserving in a monetary way that hurts the masses.
It does not take the “do no harm” creed we have learned is supposed to be the mantra of our health providers, or our parents. I believe we are a motherless society in, at least, the way we feed our people. We have governmental agencies and some of them attempt to do what’s best, but somehow, we have ended up as a society that has more obesity than any other modern society. Our cancer rates are sky high and the list goes on. Why? We put more money into the health system than any other nation on earth, but we are one of the unhealthiest, wealthiest and educated. Does this make sense? Not to me.
The rest of the world is catching up to our unhealthy standards, but is that a goal worthy of pursuing? From a brain perspective, the developing brain needs all the help it can get. With all the chemicals we breathe in that most of us cannot control, what we can control is the food our young children eat. The brain needs healthy food to become the best brain it can become. Especially a brain with ADD or ADHD. If it is packaged in a box or is wrapped in plastic or is prepared by a restaurant whose main goal is to make a profit, it is most likely not the best choice for a healthy brain. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it is most likely not the best choice for the brain. I try to encourage my clients to not follow what is trendy, but to eat as close to natural as possible.
If you are in a quandary of what to do, start small. Start by buying more fruit and veggies instead of bagged and wrapped pseudo food and place the healthy choices on shelves where kids can reach them – kids love the crunch and sweetness of carrots as well as celery with peanut butter and raisins, apples, blueberries and bananas. I encourage you to begin small and eliminate, over time, the plastic wrapped foods and take a few hours as a family, during the weekend to prepare for the week.
I know it is difficult to get into the habit, but once you do, you will feel like the best parent in the world and one day when you see your happy, well adjusted adult child, you will know you were the best parent you could be. If nothing else, remember this – a banana or an apple is the best fast food.