Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Mrs. Q over at Fed Up: The School Lunch Project has a good post on hour kids learn from modeling, in both in academics and nutrition. You can read her post here:

If you haven't been following Mrs. Q's blog, you should. It chronicles the somewhat horrifying nutritionally suspect food that's fed to kids every day in school.

My husband and I are big fans of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on the Travel Channel. If you haven't watched the show, Bourdain is a chef who travels to exotic locations and eats just about anything. He actually ate a stuffed pig's rectum in Namibia.

As part of the show Bourdain often goes into people's houses and eats a typical family meal. Now, one of the things that always impressed me was that whatever was served, the kids of the household ate it. Whether it was cumin spiced tangine in Morocco, garlic infused goat in Egypt or offal over rice in China, the kids eat the same food as their parents. There's no "Kid's food." There's not a chicken nugget or bowl of Mac & Cheese in sight.

That's reality, that's how kids ate for centuries until food got so abundant, that they got picky and parents obsessed that their kids must eat (even if they're already overweight.)

So, let's take Mrs. Q's advice and start modeling better nutrition for our kids instead of feeding them the junk food they want.


  1. This reminds me of something motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has said: "Your children more attention pay to what you do than what you say."

  2. I'm not sure where to put this, so I'll put it here: