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!)”
Tags: change, example, green smoothies, kids, parenting, sharing the message, Texas