About 2 years ago,I was waiting for a friend outside the Lavington Mall just outside the entrance to the mall on the side where they have the Fiore de Latte cafe. Of course i had already had a sorbet there a few weeks before and my friend upon hearing me rave about the place asked that we meet there.
A few minutes after taking my seat,I see a mother and a little girl,someone i presumed to be the daughter, about 10 years and as they pass by me one of the attendants sweetly smiles at them and asks if they would like to have some sorbet .The girl quickly brushes her off and tells her its no carb week in the house and she quickly follows her mother down the stairs.
Months after this incident it was still puzzling to me ..what was the kind of relationship that this little girl was going to have with food for the rest of her life?And what had informed that relationship she was forming with food at a young age ?
We live in a time where food as been demonized for all the wrong reasons and we have people swearing off all manner of foods that their bodies actually need in order for them to live healthier more productive lifestyles.
Of great concern to me is when children develop unhealthy eating habits born out of fear at a young age which they then carry into adulthood.Are we going to have a generation of adults that at some point in their life were mistakenly led to believe carbohydrates are bad for them and so in their late teens and into adult hood they end up battling anorexia ?
When you hear a pre-teen say she wants to lose weight and she starts skipping meals,do you think….. wow,she is such a fastidious eater…. and congratulate her on her clean eating or do you get concerned that she is not getting enough calories to meet her body’s growing needs ?
Carbohydrates in high amounts especially if the carbohydrate sources are from junk food will definitely result in weight gain. A diet high in carbohydrates triggers more insulin production which results in the body turning all extra calories in the body to be stored as fat.
What we now see as a trend ,the “clean eating trend”,can turn into a consuming obsession where we categorize food as either being good or bad.This inflexibility around the food choices we make can result in anxiety disorders which can lead to guilty feeling whenever we think we have made the “wrong” food choice.I would not want to go into what this anxiety and fear will do to your mental health,but people who have battled anorexia have heart breaking stories.
This self restrictions we have put on on the food choices we can take results in nutrient deficiencies whose effects especially on growing children who are physically more active than adults and whose bodies need more nutrients can be detrimental .
What food choices are you making at this moment in time for yourself,family,children and what are they based on?
Are they based on whats is trending,what is beneficial to the body or are they made out of fear.
Share them in the comments section below .