I asked Anika, a third-grade student at a public school in the Midwest, why it’s important for kids to eat healthy. After a moment of contemplation, she responded, “Because if kids grow up eating unhealthy food they will feed their kids unhealthy food.” Truth spoken from an eight-year-old brought tears to my eyes. What are we teaching our kids about food choices?
Coinciding with a rise in health issues in recent decades, we established palates for processed, low-quality foods. We created a world where nearly every box and can lining the grocery store shelves contains sugar and where most of the ingredients are unrecognizable. We removed the soil from the hands of children leading them to believe the life of lettuce starts at the grocery store.
How do we reverse this trend and begin feeding ourselves to live well and connected?