This month we’re going to look at a few reasons why it’s critical to make the extra effort to pack a lunch for your child. We’ll also equip you with some alternatives so your child is satisfied with their lunch, as well as nourished! Why It’s Important to Pack a Lunch
School Lunch Packing 101: Challenges and Solutions
This month we’re going to look at a few reasons why it’s critical to make the extra effort to pack a lunch for your child. We’ll also equip you with some alternatives so your child is satisfied with their lunch, as well as nourished!
Why It’s Important to Pack a Lunch
A recent study found that students who regularly ate lunches bought at school were 29% more likely to be obese compared to those kids who brought their lunches from home. Unfortunately most school lunches are completely processed packaged foods that are loaded with sugar, corn and yeast, not to mention a ton of chemicals. The fact is that packing your child’s lunch every day is one of the most important things you can do for them. It is very much worth the effort!
Besides obesity, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are huge issues that our children are being diagnosed with. Did you know that if you take a pinch of sugar, a pinch of yeast and add milk, it will turn into alcohol in less than 60 seconds? So a breakfast of milk and cereal could be sending our kids off to school a little tipsy! And then for lunch they are usually eating some type of bread loaded with yeast, a sugary treat and chocolate milk (which is also loaded with sugar). It’s no wonder the teachers are having issues with children’s behavior!
This way of eating is promoting fungus to flourish throughout the body. Fungus produces toxic chemicals that affect the brain and behavior. So, this is something to consider before running to the doc to get some medication to control behavior. First off, try changing to a Kaufmann 1 & 2 way of eating, which incorporates real food and starves fungus. I bet you’ll be astounded at the results!
Challenge #1: “It’s too overwhelming to figure out how to pack a healthy lunch.”
Don’t get overwhelmed with the thought of changing your child’s eating habits. I know what you’re thinking – I can hardly eat healthy myself; how in the world am I going to help my child? As I say in every article – perfection is not the goal. Small changes make a BIG impact. In this day in age, we are on nutrition-information overload, to say the least! Take a deep breath, keep it simple and go back to the basics. Use real, whole foods as the foundation; Kaufmann 1 and Kaufmann 2 is a great place to start.
I remember when I was in school, my Mom packed me a lunch 4 days a week, but I was allowed to get the school lunch one day a week. I usually picked pizza day. Yum… still a favorite of mine! While we want our kids to eat healthier, it is important to educate them so they can make good decisions on their own. You remember that kid whose parents NEVER allowed them to eat anything “unhealthy”? When they were not under their parent’s supervision, they went crazy and gorged themselves. The best thing you can do is involve your child in their food choices and tell them all the good things about whole foods. Then when they come to you saying they have a tummy ache because they ate pizza for lunch, you can help them make the connection between how certain foods impact the way they feel. This will develop a healthy relationship with food instead of a deprivation mindset, which can lead to food issues later on in life.
Challenge #2: “My child is a picky eater. They will NEVER eat this stuff!”
This is definitely the #1 reason I hear from parents on why their kids eat the way they eat. I know it can seem daunting at times, because you feel your child will starve if you don’t give in to their food requests. But remember; you are the parent, and with a little knowledge you can overcome this obstacle. Your whole family will be healthier and happier for it.
If you have a picky eater, instead of trying to do a drastic makeover with foods that are foreign to them, start out with healthier alternatives to foods they already love and accept. Research shows that it can take as many as 10 to 15 tastes before a child will learn to appreciate a new flavor. A lot of food preferences just have to do with familiarity, meaning they will eat what foods they are surrounded with and offered at home. So, don’t give up! In order for foods to be familiar in your home, you have to practice what you preach. This is definitely one of the most effective strategies for getting your kids to eat well. Research conducted by Jennifer Orlet Fisher, Ph.D., an expert on children’s eating behaviors, proves that young children learn to prefer foods that are familiar and ones presented as acceptable in their homes. Motivation for all of us adults to eat healthy!
The Sneak Tactic
I’m all about adding in extra nutrition whenever I can for myself and children. For example, adding in a handful of spinach into a smoothie. It’s completely hidden – no taste at all. But I do believe the child should know it’s in there. A problem with using the “sneak” tactic is that the child never knows they’re eating a vegetable, so they never learn to accept it and like it. Think about it – if you use this method, when will the child ever learn to like spinach? They’