Contributor: Clinical Nutritionist, Desi Horsman
Spring is here and what better time to “spring clean” your entire family’s diet. Start by eating more foods that “clean out the clutter”; foods high in fibre like fruit and veggies, whole grains and legumes. Fibre binds fats and toxins and carries it out to be excreted. Too much juicing is not always good – but if your child does not eat any vegetables – it’s important they get enzymes and phytonutrients in the form of half a cup of juice daily. This will ensure that the fibre is retained in the process. By using a variety of vegetables it will help your children develop their palettes for the taste of fresh foods, and only sweeten by adding in some apple. Homemade fruit smoothies can be frozen into ice lollies which are always a treat for the little ones.
Hydration is important and maintained by sipping water throughout the day. If the water is in a plastic bottle though – it will be full of leached chemicals like phthalates which are carcinogens and mutagens that create genetic damage.The source of water is vital; tap water systems are designed to take pathogens out but not to remove pharmaceuticals. Effectively the water we get from our taps is like drinking a soup of all the medicines, including the contraceptive pill and HRT, being taken by the entire city. One can only imagine the effect of toddlers drinking hormone and anti-biotic filled water from such a young age.
Eat clean by purchasing only the best quality fresh foods possible. Auto immune and other chronic illnesses are on the rise in young children today. GMOs are tinkering with the structure of every cell in the body. The pesticides and other chemicals used when growing food are highly toxic and carcinogenic. Go organic as much as possible and clean your fruit and veggies with some vinegar or with fruit and veg sprays or an ozone washer. Eat organic food not for what’s in it – but what’s left out of it.
It is also a good time to spring clean your pantry. Get rid of all processed foods, sugar laden food and all the comfort food that was stocked in your pantry for those cold winter days. Sugar has no place in your child’s daily diet and should be reserved only for those occasional sweet treats.
What your child eats or drinks will either make them healthy or unhealthy; it’s that simple. The body renews itself regularly around every year and a half, with the help of food the way nature made it. Modeling behaviour is very powerful. Keeping your children healthy is as important as keeping yourself healthy.
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