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.
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).
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.
- Gov’t Urges Parents to Use School Lunches As a Model for Family Dinner (cnsnews.com)
- Re-envisioning School Food for Today’s Generation of Students (healthyschoolscampaign.typepad.com)
- Students strike against new federal school lunch rules… (jsonline.com)