--- "That's so disgusting, mom. What are those green things?"
--- "Mom, it's literally making me gag!"
I was born & "mostly" raised in the south, & I honestly learned to like a wide variety of foods. I LOVED boiled peanuts, sauerkraut, jicama, kumquats, brown rice, seafood, anchovies, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, turnip greens, and pretty much any greens put on my plate.
But I hated tomatoes. And watermelon. And lettuce. And a tiny handful of other foods... But tomatoes. Oh my gosh. I'm 42 years old at the time of this writing, & it's only been in the past 3 years that I've been able to finally start enjoying tiny little cherry & grape sized tomatoes - IF they're mixed with other foods. I still can't stomach full sized tomatoes. The fact that I can actually enjoy taking a few little yellow pear tomatoes & add them to my dish is literally a miracle.
Lettuce (especially the thick crunchy white part) made me gag. I would sit at the table for ever... and ever... and ever... And one time, even 2 hours later, I sat there staring at the lettuce on my place, because I couldn't swallow it. I'm not sure what changed as I got older, but I eat salads nearly every day now, & I LOVE them.
I never, ever liked watermelon, unless it was the little tiny personal sized sweet Crimsons on a super hot & sweaty day. Last night my daughter was visiting, & she wanted some watermelon. We started having a conversation about how people sprinkle salt on their melon. I'd heard of people doing that, but EW! It sounded so gross to me. As she stood there cutting it into chunks & pulling the salt out of the cupboard, I stared at her from across the family room with a look of, "That is just so..... weird."
Then I got brave.
Result: I like watermelon sprinkled with salt. (Unrefined pink Himalayan salt, of course)...
What I realized as I was sitting there, is that I wasn't just paying attention to the taste. I was conscious of more than that. The cold, the texture, the smell. It's the same with tomatoes. I find myself paying attention to more than just the taste of the food.
I came across an article online recently from 'Super Healthy Kids', that talked about how to approach getting your kids to like new foods. This part cracked me up:
If you focus on just taste, you're up for failure. There's one comment that most parents make, that is a 'recipe' for disaster. And now I can see why! I said it all the time. Here is what you / me / we need to stop saying to our kids:
"Just try one bite. If you don't like it, you don't have to eat it."
What our children are actually hearing when we say that, is this:
"If you like it, then you have to eat it."
I would bet that if your kids are picky eaters like mine have been, the LAST thing they want to do is admit that they actually like a healthy food! My son has made horrible faces while tasting foods, & yet I know darn well that he likes it, because of his body language & the look in his eyes. He just doesn't want to lose that power struggle.
I've noticed that when I'm thinking about it, & I use different wording, he's actually more ok with telling me he really does like it. In my book, "Real Food Pantry Makeover", there is a section on what's called Conscious Eating. Or Purposeful Eating. It focuses on what I mentioned above... Eating small bites, chewing slowly, paying attention to the texture, the smell, the temperature, the taste, the emotions you feel, etc. And being truly grateful for the food.
Super Healthy Kids approach to success? Here you go:
Well DUH - That makes it more like a fun science class than a battle for power! And yet they still have power, because they get to observe & experience while coming up with an awesomely creative answer to your questions! It takes the focus away from the negative food stigma & actually gets their curiosity rolling.
You know what I think? I think I'm going to not only use those questions with my kids, but I'm going to use them with myself too! Maybe it will help me begin to enjoy the few foods I still don't think I like. :)
Anti-bacterials (including soap/detergent, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, etc...) may kill 99+% of bacteria, BUT the 1% or less that's left behind creates a stronger more resistant strain of bacteria that's even more dangerous. It gets worse... The following information comes from this link: Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Wipes: The Dirty Truth
Triclosan is the main ingredient in most hand santizers. It weakens your immune system making it easier for you to get sick. A study from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan shows that people exposed to Triclosan actually have a higher risk of developing allergies and asthma, which means that Triclosan is killing off your good, beneficial bacteria and allowing yeast to overgrow internally - (candida!)
Triclosan has also been shown to increase drug resistance to antibiotics and, like Bisphenol A (BPA), is an endocrine-disrupting compound because it messes with your hormones, and even worse, mirrors them. Hand sanitizers also put your thyroid at risk. And to children, who’s hormones are developing, this can spell disaster. Triclosan is actually in a myriad of personal care products, such as soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, and lotions.
Additionally, if you are in the sun a lot, you need to know that when exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light, Triclosan converts to dioxin, which increases the risk of cancers, and reproductive problems like miscarriage, birth defects, and altering sex hormones. Dioxin is also a major ingredient in disposable diapers, tampons and menstrual pads.
3 squirts of hand sanitizer is LETHAL to a toddler! One child got severely sick from licking the sanitizer off her hands, & after tests, they found it was as if she'd consumed 120 proof alcohol! It's happening more & more. Read about this specific case at the link I provided above.
A few more links on the dangers of this stuff:
WARNING: Antibacterial Soap Linked to Major Health Threats
Hospital Warning: Antibacterial Wipes Found to Spread Super Bugs
Why Disinfectants and Antibacterials Are Overkill + 5 Health-Safe Alternatives
Do the simple time-proven thing. Use a pure soap & just wash the germs away... Like it's always been done! Or use essential oils, (which are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal) & just make your own. All you need is a germ killing antibacterial blend of essential oils. It's easy, it's safe, & it smells great!
I make my own "Thieves" oil with my favorite essential oils from Plant Therapy - & mix it with purified water & a squirt of glycerine in a 4oz - 8oz spray bottle. (Just google 'Thieves oil recipe'...) You can also do it 'pump' style by mixing it with aloe vera & witch hazel, which is a little thicker. There are recipes all over the internet.
JUST GET RID OF THAT TOXIC GROCERY STORE JUNK!
Here's a recipe similar to the one I use - I got this a while back but can't remember where from. It's similar to Plant Therapy's Germ Fighter, Young Living's "Thieves" oil, & doTERRA's OnGuard.
5 drops of each of the following essential oils mixed with 6 oz. water (or the water/glycerine/aloe mixtures described above):
Lemon or Wild Orange
* Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.
* Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.
* Use to clean children's hands when traveling.
* Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.
* Use on public telephones to remove germs.
* Use on public computer keyboards and mice.
* Spray on hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.
* Spray in public restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.
* Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.
* Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.
* Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.
* Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.
* Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.
* Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.
* Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to disinfect and remove mold.
* Wash pesticides & chemicals off of fresh produce.
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