I ran to the kitchen to see what was in my bread and i'm still a little confused....lol. Let me just say that i had been obese my entire life until i had gastric bypass almost 6 years ago. Going through that process i went to about 4 or 5 nutritional classes and i've learned a lot and try to the best of my ability to stick by that educational experience. However i still find it a struggle to maintain my weight loss while eating so healthy and i think a lot has to do with lack of education on ingredients and genes.
My youngest daughter is overweight, she has been bigger than my other children since the day she was born even though they all have had the same diet, actually i restrict or maybe make her recognize her choices way more than the others because it seems to affect her more. My parents and siblings didn't have weight issues either. So anyways it's not just about me anymore, but all of my children. And recently i became aware of how unhealthy my child was eating at school. Mostly because i failed to pay attention to the menu and had faith that a learning facility would be not only feeding my child's brain with healthy information, but their bodies as well.
This year she went into middle school and during orientation the principle stood in front of the auditorium and actually was quite proud of the fact to announce they purchased a new slurpee or slushy machine for the Ala cart after going through a list of products(snacks) that rarely are brought into our home. And now my child gets to choose every day these unhealthy choices. Yes it is a choice and even though she is somewhat educated and encouraged to make the right choices, she will be 12 next week. A choice i don't think she is ready to decide for herself. If she were to go out into society and commit a crime she would get little to no consequences for her actions because of her age, yet she is to decide something that could greatly impact her for the rest of her life. I've heard so many times it's not the child's fault for being overweight, it's the parents because they control what comes in their house, the child has no control over that. So why does my child have control over that in an educational institution?
So for the last two weeks or so i have been gathering information, which actually led me here. So that i can present to the school board a plea and a plan for a healthier menu. In my journey my aunt informed me about a program that aired this past spring with Jamie Oliver(The Naked Chef) called "Food revolution". I didn't actually get to see the program, but found some clips and info online about it. This is the path we need to be on. Not only will my child learn things from this man nutritionally but will i and that is what is lacking education.
None the less i could go on, but will get back to my point of confusion. My bread's label says this "Nature's Own" "Double Fiber Wheat" "No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors" "No High Fructose corn syrup" and my reason for confusion "Omega-3". Now i go to the ingredient label and it tells me that the Omega 3 is from anchovy, sardine and or mackerel. Three ingredients before that it has soybean oil which in this article is the competitor of the omega-3. And then the first ingredient is whole wheat flour, but five ingredients down it says "enriched flour(wheat flour, malted barley flour , niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin,folic acid)". Not sure that one was as contradicting to me as the omega issue, but still caught my curiosity to wonder if it was or not.
I know companies labels will imply what you want to hear and ingredients will have things in them that are just as bad as the ingredient on the front of the label that you were trying to avoid. This is one of the things that i've taught my daughter, she use to think just because something was fat free she should be able to eat it and only because of going to a nutritionist did i know you have to look at the sugar content as well. Because sugar is fat free, but not calorie free.
I've dealt with obesity all my life. My mom use to take me to fitness centers, make me walk miles almost daily, i played softball , did gymnastics, i had restrictions on the food i was allowed to eat, she even went to the extent of giving me diet pills. And eventually i had to have surgery to save my life, but without the education that went behind it, i may have ended right back where i started. My mom was obviously not educated and that was 25-30 years ago when eating out may have happened a few times a year as opposed to now where most families probably eat out once a week, when kids actually lived their lives instead of watching someone else's on t.v. My daughter asked me a few months ago what my favorite shows were growing up. She was surprised when i could only name two or three because we watched as much t.v. in a week as she does almost daily. We only use to watch about an hour of Saturday morning cartoons and TGIF programs which included "Full House" on Friday evenings. We never watched t.v. through the week. We had homework, chores and then we ran outside til dark and the only outside toy we had were our bikes, cause we had our imagination and friends that we actually had conversations with and interacted with face to face, not via today's technology.
I don't want any of my children to have to face what i've had to endure because i failed to educate myself and have convictions for what was best for them.
09/24/2010 - 12:03pm
I drizzle 1 T of flax seed oil on tossed salads. Then I splash balsamic vinegar on too but I don't measure that.
05/28/2010 - 5:58pm
Bread is not healthy, or necessary for the human diet. Whole wheat bread is only marginally better than cheap white bread. Eat more vegetables, less bread.
05/23/2010 - 4:36pm
I like Vermont Bread Company Soft Whole Wheat. It's made with canola oil I think. But I'm not sure if it's available nationally. Ezekiel bread is also good—really healthy! But I think it only tastes good toasted. (If you can't find it with other breads, check the freezer. Our grocery store keeps Ezekiel bread in the freezer aisle next to the frozen bagels.)