Finding Nirvana in Nutrition
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My oldest, came home from school today and declares “Mommy, I tried egg today!”
That called for a celebration for me! Why? My oldest, specifically with certain foods, had refused to eat eggs since she was 2 years. Now after almost 4 years, she decided to try egg on the school lunch tray.
I was happy to see that my trust in all the recommendations based on research does hold true even for my pickiest child! I had to learn not to force her into eating any eggs, but only made sure she saw her parents/family eating it in front of her.
I would set it on the table but never forced her to eat. If we were eating eggs for breakfast, I’d make sure she does eat it in her own way. I would make puddings that were made out of egg yolks.
She mentioned, “Ms. C, my teacher said eggs are good for me.” I felt happy but also confused as to why after so many years of telling her this she never tried it? She loves her teacher and looks up to her. This situation sounded to me like what is called “hero worship.” This is usually seen within a younger sibling who considers their older sibling as a hero and follows their older sibling around everywhere. Maybe she considers her teacher a hero. I could ask Mrs. C to encourage my child to try anything that is the color “green”. I hope my oldest eats more vegetables and maybe after seeing it on her school lunch trays everyday as well as at home and she will one day build up the courage or just merely feel like trying it on her own!
This is a hot topic and will be for a while...Organic or not?
In the United States, the National Organic Program certifies organic food products by the following: "Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used". You have to make sure a food has a USDA stamp on it or is labeled as 100% certified organic.
In my opinion, yes “organic “ food (specially fruits, vegetables, and grains) is a better option than regular or the conventional that is on the shelf. It is important to consider it’s feasibility (in terms of time, finance, and convenience) for a person, and if it is feasible, then why not?
Children, pregnant women and the elderly are the ones that are most at risk to environmental toxins. But then again, we can only control so much of our exposure. Can we control how much gasoline fumes and other chemicals that are in our environment?
Choosing to buy organic is a personal choice. I would think twice before making a recommendation like that to everyone. I would not want a parent to feel any guilt for not buying organic food products for their child, if they just cannot afford it. It is more expensive, difficult for many to find and not every food product is organic. A parent should be happy for being able to provide balanced, healthy meals to their children may it be organic or not.
To read more about the labeling term “organic” refer to:
I live in the Houston, Texas area and have a passion for helping people maintain good health through the latest nutritional recommendations.