The biggest challenge to eating healthy, for many families, is not finding a local source for meat, or learning to soak grains, but trying to get the little ones on board, especially if it is a big change from how they had been eating. With my oldest, now almost 15 (What? Did I just say 15? Oh my word…), it was a challenge when we began eating healthier. He was about 5 when this all began, and to make matters harder, we went through a few different nutritional “theories” as we researched our way to where we are now. With my youngest, it is much easier, as she has been presented with healthy food all of her life. However, she is not immune to the influences of the world, and so it’s not always smooth sailing. Here are some great resources to help. Read the rest of this entry »
Consumption of food dyes has doubled since just 1990. While you can now find food dyes in almost any packaged “food” product you buy at the supermarket, where are the bulk of them found? Of course, in food marketed to children. This despite the growing body of evidence that food dyes are a cocktail of dangers, from causing thyroid issues and behavioral problems to being neurotoxins. And the (brightly colored) icing on the cake is that these dyes are entirely unnecessary; they are for visual appeal only.
Over the past few days, the FDA held hearings to determine whether or not they should act on these dangerous and unnecessary additives. Read the rest of this entry »