We spent our weekend driving three horses from san diego to alturas Ca for a good friend who has moved up there recently. it was my first trip being raw and i packed a cooler full of stuff including green smoothies for the first day or so. it went great, even passed around the “foux” tuna on romain leaves for lunch and the cheese dip was a huge hit. The only casualty was my maple power balls as the bag fell into melted ice water and there was no saving them..sigh, but having all those fresh veggies and fruit with me was so fab! I was not once tempted and my energy on that hot ass long drive was consistent while everyone else was grumpy and had sugar crashes and multiple potty breaks from soda consumption!
an ironic eves dropping moment for me that inspired 1. 5 hours of discussion on the two way radio was: during a breakfast at the local diner( me with my smoothie) we overheard a peewee football player from the team seated in all the booths around us say he wanted salad for breakfast with soup…his coach hissed at him ” you need to eat pancakes and protein..no soup for you! ” like the soup nazi or something…anyhow the child looked crest fallen. My companions and I looked at each other and wondered to ourselves over the radios later if a child is let to eat when he wants, what he wants, out of a healthy choice of food, will this foster a healthy relationship with food and a over all healthy kid? I mean, if your child is hungry and he eats then instead of waiting until “given” times like lunch, dinner, breakfast, will he be less likely to overeat and eat bad stuff on his own? myself, i am hungry at 10:30 or so every morning( i get up around 4:30 am) so i eat then, im not hungry again until late afternoon (dinner time) If i do get hungry i eat when im hungry not at prescribed times. i eat what i want too, if i want left over rawmein for breakfast i eat it, if i want fruit smoothie for dinner i eat that….im satisfied and dont over eat…from experience when i tell myself to wait until dinner and eat “dinner food” If i want something else, then I always feel unsatisfied! Of course im an adult and dont have to ask permission from a parent or coach… one friend said she felt kids cant self regulate and would eat only bannanas for weeks or only grapes. Hubby chimed in with kids should be fed a base of food and should be allowed to make choices around that, but he believed in proper times for food consumption becasue the world is geared for that at school and such…Im torn, i had a nephew who hated meat, he would rather eat a huge peach for a meal. His mother was told to with hold what the child prefered until he had eaten what he did not like first…. the child would gag eating pot roast and would not even make it to his prefered food…. poor little guy hes a picky sickly kid to this day…. and he mistrusts his parents. I saw the look on this kids face when he was 1.5 years old and having his food thrust at him when he clearly wanted something different and how shocked he looked that his parents made him eat this vile( to him) stuff they did…. i was sad. Moms, what do you all think?