Have you seen this on Facebook recently?
It’s from a grocery store in Ohio, but I’d to see the grocery stores in Florida move this direction.
Publix? Winn Dixie? Where are you?
Whole Foods? Trader Joe’s? How are you not leading the way with this? This is exactly the kind of thing we should be expecting from grocery stores that market their focus on fresh, healthy foods.
As a Blue Zones certified trainer in one of the Blue Zones Project’s charter areas, this kind of thing is big in my heart, and it’s big in our community. We are working to raise awareness among families, healthcare providers, and businesses of the long-term benefits of good health and healthy environments. I see too many stores offering kids cookies from the bakery when they should be handing out free produce. The cookies aren’t even that good! Do you know how much produce these stores send out every night because it’s a day old? Do you have any idea? I say, go ahead and take the 20-cent loss and develop a life-long addiction to bananas in some unsuspecting child. Most kids are potassium deficient anyway.
Most of the health issues we see exploding around the country (especially in children) can be traced back to food. Actually, it’s a toss-up between health problems related to malnutrition and diseases linked to pharmaceutical drug reactions. I don’t know which is worse, but nutrition problems are probably the easiest for parents to fix.
Quit feeding your kids crap and feed them healthy food!
I know I’m tweaking some people with this, but you have to think about the long-term implications of eating the trash in the packaged food aisles. Some people say healthy food is more expensive than junk food, and you may be saving pennies, but you will save a fortune in the long run by not having to treat Type II Diabetes, heart disease, hyperactivity, asthma, psoriasis, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, Chron’s Disease, cancer, and fifty other preventable diseases that can be managed or eliminated with diet.
I can hear it now: “But Doctor Steve, my kids don’t like fruit.”
That’s a matter of training. If you expose them to the addictive food additives like MSG and sugar when they are little, they are going to be addicted when they are little, and stay that way. It’s not an accident that processed food is addictive. That’s how they keep loyal customers for life (shortened life though it may be). If you take the junk food out of your house, your family may fuss at you for a few days, but you’ll get over it and they will eventually get free of the chemical dependency to sugar. So will you.
Incidentally, do you know the difference between white refined sugar and rat poison?
Rat poison doesn’t taste good.
I know this sounds like a rant, but when you see the kind of preventable problems that I confront every day, it’s easy to feel the need to get on a soapbox.
Solving childhood obesity, malnutrition, and a host of other diseases really is as simple as helping people make better food choices. If you eat living food, your body will heal. If you won’t eat living food, at least feed it to your kids so they can live healthy lives.
I feel like I’m standing at the end of a collapsing bridge, trying to warn people away from it, and they are speeding past me. That’s why we have this blog. Stand with me and help me get their attention. Share the articles – not for my sake, but for theirs. Let’s keep a generation from launching off into the water.
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas