I love Texas, Texans, and Whole Foods Market, part 3 of 3

Pamalee of Dallas wrote up her notes from my class and sent them to her family. Here’s what her niece wrote back to her. I agree entirely, including about the fact that while children may stray from what you taught them nutritionally, out in the junk-food world, they’re SO much more likely to come back if they have a grounding and education to come back to.

“Thank you auntie for taking the time to send [your notes] out to us. Here’s my two cents…..

“Well, our family is well on our way to daily smoothies. I have always fed  my boys lots of fruits and veggies,  hardly any sugar or refined foods–but I am thrilled to be turned on to the green-smoothie way of life.    I try to buy fresh as much as possible (and organic for the high pesticide-level produce). It has been shown that buying fresh produce is not that much more expensive when one stops buying processed junk, and cuts back on meat, etc.  And my heavens, when we’re talking about our  families’ health, vibrance, and livelihood it’s worth it!  My boys love their smoothies. Ethan asks me to make them and comes back for more every time!

“The spiritual and physical health of my children is the most important thing:  Raise them up in the way they should go, and when they are old they will NOT depart from it.

“I don’t even buy milk anymore, and yes, we are THE ONLY species on earth that continues to drink milk after weaning.  In our house, we  buy rice milk for cereal, cooking etc. The only bread I buy is Ezekiel, and now Food for Life brown rice bread (which is DELICIOUS). Yes, a little higher in  price, but I don’t want junk  processed bread products turning into paste in my children’s bowels!

“The mantra in our house is “nutritious and delicious!”

“Every once in a while when Mason bucks the system and doesn’t want his smoothie: “Too bad, so sad! Nothing to eat or drink until your smoothie is gone!”   This nonsense I hear of parents letting young children decide what they will or won’t eat is just that, nonsense. It’s a matter of training, just like any other part of child rearing….who’s the boss?  Us? Or them? (I guess that’s called “tough love.”) We do try and make it fun though. The kids like to sometimes pick which fruit we use, I let them “throw” it in the Blendtec, and let them press the buttons. Then sometimes we go outside for a “smoothie picnic!”  The boys have watched Robyn on YouTube many times, and the other day Ethan said, “Let’s watch green smoothie girl while we drink our smoothies!”

“Well, speaking of which, time to go blend up a smoothie in my Blendtec! (Thank you Jesus for my Blendtec!)”

Love, Rachel

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  1. I love what Rachel had to say. I’m a mom of young kids, too, and it is hard to not fall into the “OK, you can have one treat….” and by the end of the day it’s THREE treats! I think that keeping the crap out of your house is a huge one! It’s tough when you have a husband who likes to have a little junk around. The kids can sniff it out better than trained dogs! I honestly wonder how their little eyes can so quickly find any morsel of processed sweets!

    Also, it is true that we need to teach them young and they–although may get sidetracked at times– will still have the great foundation of whole, real food. I know that is true for me. The only thing is that my mom was very strict about no sugar/ junk food when I was little… so I ultimately became rebelliously attracted to it. Although I have had an appreciation for wholesome food, more so than many of my friends, I have also had a gnarly sweet tooth which has ruled me for a lot of time (I’ve been on average 10-20 lbs overweight always). I’ve actually JUST been able to kick the heavy sweet craving when I started Green Smoothies for breakfast a few months ago! So, I am highly sensitive to making the sweets too “mysterious” or attractive. If anyone has suggestions on how to “be moderate” about this (like ie: keep them out of your house. But what to do when we are out in the real world?!) I would love other mothers suggestions. We are all on a great journey– thank you Robyn for initiating and organizing it!!!– and we can all help each other!

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