That’s the food group pyramid. If you don’t know about it, your children probably do. Ask them about it. But, the basic idea it illustrates is to have more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than sweets. Potato chips and french fries are nowhere to be seen, are they? Why would I pick on chips and fries (besides the fact they do more harm than good)? Read on.
I stopped recently to get a sandwich. As I stood in line I was watching the family ahead of me. Mom, Dad, early teen son and a daughter of about seven. When the daughter was asked what she wanted with her sandwich, she said she wanted apples. Mom said no, that she should have some potato chips. Surprised? I was.
Just to review. The young girl wanted apples with her sandwich and Mom told her she had to have chips. I am still amazed.
We are spending a lot of money to educate children on how to eat better; to make better choices when eating. If they make better choices, there will be less childhood obesity and fewer child and adult diabetics. See how well that works? Clearly, some children are taking what they learn to heart, like this little girl.
Kids are smart. They may know a lot about the right things to eat. Engage them in your battle with Diabetes and they will help you win sooner. They will help you be a bit stronger when you want to have that bag of fries or chips; they will remind you what you should be eating.
There’s a huge benefit to enlisting your children in your fight: They will know what Diabetes is and will have a good chance of never getting the disease. Is there a better legacy to leave them? Take them on walks or runs with you. Make it a special time for you and them. Good eating habits. A bit of exercise. You and your children will be better for it if done together. Diabetes does not have to be ‘given’ to your children.
“And a little child shall lead them…” As true today as when Isaiah wrote it.