I while ago I posted a blog called what part does the chicken nugget come from? http://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/what-part-does-the-chicken-nugget-come-from/ Today I read a very disturbing article about a 17 year old who collapsed and was having a hard time breathing. It turns out this girl has NEVER had veggies or fruit in her entire life but only eats chicken nuggets. I was horribly appalled at this story, because we actually have known “friends” who pretty much only feed their kids from McDonald’s. I’m a child of the 80′s so I was also raised on this horrible food. Until Super Size Me, I had no idea just how bad this stuff was.
Here is the article about the poor 17 year old who collapsed http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/chicken-nuggets-how-bad-are-they and even sadder I read that because our economy is so bad that MORE people are feeding their families McDonald’s because of the “cheap” food. Why don’t we get that you get what you pay for? Did God this create garbage food? No. He gave us apples and kale, chicken (REAL chicken) and beef. There are so many ways to make food cheaper, but this also involves work, and most people don’t want to work that hard. But if your 17 year old collapses unable to breathe, is that enough to change your thought on this?
Most cities now allow people to have chickens for eggs, this is easy and cheap and you get healthy FRESH eggs. A garden doesn’t take that much space. Grow what you love. Save what you can for the winter. Have a winter garden in your window seal. We have potatoes from last falls harvest in our basement. We bought a box of sweet potatoes when they were on sale at the store and they are also in the basement storage. Tomatoes were canned and dehydrated for future use. Kale can also be dehydrated for kale chips and is a winter crop. Grow sprouts in your kitchen for fresh winter food. With a several pound bag of flour you can make all the bread your family needs, you can make pasta, biscuits, pizza dough (then put some of your canned tomatoes on your pizza). I understand wanting fast food. Truly I do. But I also know the facts about the food you get and it’s not food. Do you want to grow your nails and skin with silicone!? Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated, you just have to plan it out more. Sit down on Sunday and plan your weeks meals. Find a local person and split a cow or pig with them. We found organic beef from a local person and bought all they had. Get a freezer, learn to can, learn to dehydrate (which can be easily done without a fancy dehydrator) your food.
I wasn’t planning on writing today but this article really got to me. I could easily have been that girl, I have several people I can think of right now that are raising kids on this garbage, just like that poor girl. Why even start your kids on fast food?! If they never have it they will not become so horribly addicted to it that they refuse to eat anything else. Kids need parents to set good examples, their lives depend on it.