This morning I packed my husband's lunch at 5:45 as usual.....lucky duck. I don't mind because I have the whole day to myself, and he is out there 9 to 5ing it as a Computer Science teacher in a large high school. I can picture him there because I taught in the same school! Me, I am enjoying retirement and having another cup of coffee.
Back to the subject. Today he will be having, by request, a green salad with a little shredded cheese and bacon bits, or baco-bits as he says. On the side, a ham sandwich on Double Fiber Whole Wheat bread with a Diet Coke. Not saying this is the greatest lunch in the world but he's a grown man and he likes it.
What is your school serving for lunch today? What is in the vending machines at school? Cokes or water? Candy or nuts? Studies actually show that kids will eat the healthy stuff if it is there for them. They don't say, "Hmm. Let me go find some MSG, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, sugar, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colorings, and high fat products."
Have lunch with your child at school and see what the choices are. Do what you can to promote healthy lunches and vending machine snacks for our kids. We all like a Snickers or a cupcake every now and then and that's fine. We just don't want to teach our kids that these are everyday treats.
Remember the Food Pyramid turned upside down a few years ago to include 6 food groups instead of 4? It tells us to build our diet around whole grains, dairy, fresh fruit and veggies, with just a little lean meat. How are you and your children doing with that? Getting your 5 or more fruits and veggies every day?
Teach your child early so you don't have to nag and unteach later. He'll thank you someday when healthy eating has become a natural choice. I am signing off to go have a fresh peach right off the tree and a slice of whole wheat toast with my next cup of joe. Enjoy your day and feed you and yours well. And remember to be an advocate for healthy food choices at your child's school.
I'm trying to close this post but keep thinking of those who have nothing to eat and it makes me sad.