Gifting our kids foods from nature to allow them the opportunity to reach their brilliance; now that's "treat" food!
"Our role as parents is to guide and step aside." These are the words of Dr Wayne Dyer that resonate through me each day. One of our primary roles in guiding our children is to teach them about the power of food, it's role in helping us function as best we can in giving us the energy to do what it is that we love to do on Earth. Just for one moment take a look at your hand. Have a really close look at your nails, your knuckles, the veins on the backs of your hands. Remember that perfect little hand of your newborn child? Your hand and the hand of your child are MADE of food. Everything we eat, we become! We build those nails and skin and vessels from the proteins and nutrients in food. We also ensure they are working optimally nourishing them with the foods we eat. Taken even further, our thoughts are manipulated by the foods we consume. So why when given a choice, would we give our children man-made, nutrient deplete, imitation industry derived foods when we have a selection of nature derived foods at our disposal? How can our kids possibly reach their full potential to learn, play and become the brilliant people they are here to be when they aren't fuelled by intelligent foods?
I am often asked if I ever "treat" my kids with food. Absolutely! As much as possible. It is a real treat to pick fresh fruit off the tree, or herbs that started as a little cutting that have been nurtured with sunlight and water daily, visiting our friends farms, swapping produce with friends or going to the local berry patch and picking our own berries; that is a treat! Anticipating the ripening of tomatoes on the vine, throwing ingredients together to make a new dish and enjoying food with each other; this is a treat, in fact it is a gift.
But a treat does not come from a packet, covered in preservatives, colours and flavours, sugars and manipulated ingredients. Meals laden with sugars, refined carbohydrates and man-made oils do not support optimal functioning of our kids. "Foods" that survive forever in the pantry or under the back seat of the car provide no useful information to these intricate intelligent bodies. If anything, they often provide a challenge because the body has to give up nutrients in order to process and extract the foreign ingredients. If these treat foods make it into our children every day, it becomes difficult for our them to function at their best when their body has to work to deal with the inflammation from the previous day. It is not a treat for my child to go from feeling happy and engaged to bouncing off walls, in a teary mess, lashing out with no control over any of their behaviour.
So those daily treats over the course of weeks, months, years can see our beautifully perfect beings just exist rather than shine as they are intended. It becomes harder for kids to answer the question "what do you love to do" when they have a body that is dealing day to day with a sluggish immune system, hormonal disturbances, blood sugar swings, lethargy, brain fog and nutrient depletion which can arise from eating challenging "food-like" foods.
I want my children to know what it truly feels to be filled with vitality and discover what it is that they love to do and are good at doing without having an underlying battle going on in their bodies just to exist and try and "stay on top of things". To live in a world where it is not "abnormal" to want to eat only nature derived foods is my greatest wish. Food is the fundamental way we can truly support our body to thrive. Food is only the beginning but an essential ingredient in the recipe of living a life of brilliance.