Predator or Prey?


On MSNBC Dr. Nancy Snyderman discussed public school lunch changes and their controversy.  She said it is the parents job to teach this generation about healthy food choices or they will die earlier.

Apparantly school officials are reporting that participation in the school lunch program has declined (Does that mean kids are choosing not to eat?). Students are also throwing most of their food away and are complaining that the food available is leaving them hungry (probably because they are not eating it).

According to this report the standards for lunch are based on appropriate calories for each age group and proportions on the plate.  Kids say they feel full with the candy bar over the apple or the french fries and chicken nuggets over chicken breast and green beans.  Snyderman pointed out that this is a brain message not a body one and students have been trained to seek higher calorie options to feel full.

When children or adults are introduced to a new way of eating they feel deprived.  We feel endangered, “I’m starving.”  Do we eat to live or live to eat?

The difference between survival eating and thrival eating comes down to whether you see yourself as the predator or the prey.


Red Apple. Used white paper behind apple and a...

Red Apple. Used white paper behind apple and above apple and bounced SB-600 at 1/4th power. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.  Researches food, nutrition, and the science behind digestion and how nutrients work in the body.  When controversial info comes up a predator experiments.

2.  Experiments with different eating, avoids the temptaions of media advertising,  is patient with results–it can take several months to determine if a food lifestyle is helping or hurting (about 3-6 months).

3.  They always revise their diet, are slightly alkaline (each meal is 80% alkaline),  seek balance on the plate (20-40% protein, 10-15% essential fats, 45-70% carbohydrates–most of these are slow carbs:  convert to sugar slowly).


English: Obesity is rising as we lose contact ...

English: Obesity is rising as we lose contact with traditional ways of eating. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.  Eats what tastes good and ignores most nutrition information except for help with weight control.

2.  Is frequently concerned about weight control.

3.  Follows doctor suggestions on health concerns with very little personal research or experimentation (nutrition over prescription, complimentary practices).

Life is a science experiment.  When experts disagree, find out what works for you.  A thrival diet nurtures your body, mind, and spirit.  You should still be able to enjoy food even if you give up sugar, grains, or other common foods.  Retraining the brain to like and enjoy healthier food options takes time and practice.

May you thrive as a nurturing predator through balance and allowing food to nourish you instead of you filling  food companies pockets.  See recipe for Kale Chips on the Food Mood above.


About jjbailey

Professional Parent, Author, creative homemaker, and endangered species.
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One Response to Predator or Prey?

  1. Mom says:

    I have learned the hard way that healthy eating is essential for healthy bodies and rich quality of life. It is a tragedy that our society is addicted to unhealthy foods and beverages. I am grateful for the truth and hope that our youth will take it to heart before it is too late. Keep the healthy information coming.

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