You hear things al the time like, "promotes growth and development, supporting the immune system and sets long-term healthy eating habits."
We know we need nutrition.
But what does that mean?
Nutrition mainly comes from fruits, veggies, berries, nuts, animal products, etc. These are called whole foods. Because they are in their purest form.
The way God made them for us to consume. We can alter them by cooking and baking (we will talk later about the right way and the wrong way to do this), but for the most part we pick some strawberries, pop them into our mouth and that's dinner.
Whole food is vitamins & minerals.
Vitamins & minerals are nutrition.
Vitamins are what our cells feed off of to grow, heal and fight for us.
Every vitamin does something different
for the body.
Minerals are what help our bodies to function
Vitamins & minerals can NEVER be synthetic, because our bodies can not process them. (Including: Flintstones, multi-vitamins, cheap Wal-mart crap, etc.)
We must ONLY get them from whole foods, water, and earthing.
Whole foods are so nutrient dense that even common ones like celery have a host of benefits, yet they are often over looked as, "Not worth the time."
Now that you know what nutrition is and how the body uses it, you can really see why it is important.
The cells must develop properly.
We must be able to fight off illness on our own.
Our bodies must function at their best.
And then heal from the damage that is done, both from things like illness, toxins, broken bones, etc.
The body can only heal if it has vitamins and minerals from whole foods, water and earthing.
Children's bodies are truly resilient but you are the parent and you must give them their health.
You do this with nutrition, water, and earthing.
If a child does not have their health they have nothing, and can do nothing.
You are responsible as a parent to provide your child with the most basic essentials.
It is recommend that we eat 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. (Some experts even say 12-14!)
That is a huge goal and if we are being honest seriously unattainable.
It still is not enough as our produce is being picked long before it is ripe, which is when it is the most nutrient dense.
A serving size is technically the size of the the persons fist. This is such a helpful tool.
Most moms over-feed their kids because their feed has no nutrients. So they are eating more and more trying to get what their body needs.
Whole foods are so nutrient dense we end up not eating as much!
When you switch to serving whole foods, you'll start to see them binging on certain fruits and veggies, like it's their last meal. This is also totally normal.
If they are deficient, in say potassium, they're going to eat more than one banana. If they are stressed, they may finish off a carton of blueberries.
The fist portion size is a great guide but also not the answer. When our kids are eating fruits, veggies, berries, etc. their bodies use what nutrition they need when they need it.
Heat can kill the nutrients and enzymes, However it can also bring out other elements in foods too! So we do need to eat cooked foods along with raw.
You just want to be careful not to over cook. So leave it at a slight crunch or soft, not mush!
Canned foods from the store should be avoided they do not can them properly plus the metals leach into the foods.
Home canned and purees are great, when done properly and have nothing added to them (sugars, toxins, harmful preservatives.)
You may notice your kids eating a lot of fruit! There is a surprisingly awesome reason for it!
Their brains are using the sugars for growth and development!
This is especially true at the younger ages.
This is the same reason why breastmilk is so sweet!
Good sugars are an essential nutrition to the body!
Our teeth our meant to help our digestion.
If you're noticing that there are chunks of what your child ate in there poop later that day. Then they are not chewing enough and that means that they are also not absorbing a huge amount of the nutrition from that food.
Slowing down and chewing has many benefits, beside the nutrition aspect:
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