Explaining the reason to eat your vegetables to children is never an easy task. It’s usually followed by, “because I said so.” We all know how well that works…it doesn’t. We have a little more control over younger children, but teenagers are another story. You can’t tell them anything because they have got it all figured out, right? Most teenagers don’t eat greens because they did not see their parents eat them. Those of you with teenagers can relate. I personally do not like to eat fast foods at all, but there is no short supply of other family members that “live on it” or should we say “suffer needlessly” by eating fast foods daily. I have a teenage daughter and she sees this at home and school. She sees people who are suffering with stomach issues like gas, bloating, nausea, food allergies, intolerances, diabetes, headaches, ADD, ADHD, PMS, fatigue, obesity and the list goes on….yet they keep eating fast foods and the suffering continues.
Now all is not lost with our teens if we are eating greens at home. I know this because after my daughter consumes enough processed or nutrient deficient fast foods for a while I usually hear, “Mom, I need REAL food!” When I hear this I know she is not feeling good and usually has low energy, fatigue, headache, foggy thinking, bloating, skin eruptions, etc. She has had enough and finally sits down to a great meal of green food that is ALIVE with nutrients and energy that we all need to feel good.
It’s a challenge for parents to raise children in a fast food society that is eating itself into a life of suffering and early death, but don’t give up…there is hope! If Mom and Dad put the plant foods on the table and eat them, you can bet that the kids will see and do as well. Our kids are watching our choices in food and observing our actions. At some point they will leave the nest and feed themselves according to how they feel.
Try something GREEN!
Plants like fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, herbs, seeds and others are a complex mixture of bioactive food components like phytochemicals and phytonutrients. Thousands of phytochemicals have been identified. In fact, a healthy diet could provide more than 25,000 bioactive food constituents according to Phytochemicals: Guardian of Our Health 1997, Journal of American Diet Association. So what does that mean in simple terms? Simply stated, when ingesting plants, they not only taste good, but they have an energetic effect and cause a reaction in your living tissues.
Vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) are called cruciferous vegetables.
The family takes its alternate name (Cruciferae, New Latin for "cross-bearing") from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross. cru·cif·er·ous [kroo-sif-er-uhs] adjective 1. bearing a cross. 2. Botany . belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.