55 Bags of Chips

ParentDish is staring down the devil’s work. She’s been charged with buying the snacks for her junior high Cross Country team—it’s bad, very bad! Look carefully:
When I was in kindergarten, snack time was a graham cracker and little carton of milk. Class birthdays were joyous celebrations because the birthday kid brought in cupcakes or faced shunning on the playground. (Also, we walked to school in our bare feet. In snow past our little ears! Uphill! Both ways!) After kindergarten, snack time was but faint memory, but the birthday cupcakes remained for a couple more years…


…Earlier in the week I received a note about my snack requirement for the junior high Cross Country team. I'm to provide 55 individual bags of potato chips for after the next meet. This will be in addition to the sandwiches, granola bars, a fruit, and beverage other parents will be bringing. (There's a special notation that these are just snacks and the team bus will be stopping at McDonald's on the way back, so send money!)
No wonder why we’re raising the next generation of porkers. Dr. Fuhrman will tell you, all this junk we eat is a killer. Here’s a quote from Eat to Live:
Weight has increased in America simply because total calorie consumption has risen and activity or exercise has fallen. Our diets are more nutrient-deficient than ever.
And I hardly think bags of potato chips and McDonald’s are helping matters. In Disease-Proof Your Child Dr. Fuhrman provides an often overlooked reason why this stuff is so bad for us:
Not only do processed foods and fast foods often contain dangerous trans fats and other additives, but they also can have high levels of acrylamides. When processed foods are baked and fried at high temperatures, these cancer-causing chemical compounds are produced. Many processed foods, such as chips, french fries, and sugar-coated breakfast cereals, are rich in acrylamides.
Oh, and if you want your kids not to crave this garbage. Well, I’ll let Dr. Fuhrman drop some more knowledge on you. Wham:
No rules only for children. If the parents are not willing to follow the rules set for the house, they should not be imposed on the children. Don’t argue about what your children should and shouldn’t be eating; discuss this in private. As parents, we must be consistent, but not perfect. Likewise, it is okay for the children to be consistent, but not perfect either. For example, if the parents decide that an unhealthy food or a restaurant meal is acceptable for the children once per week, then that goes for the adults, too. Setting an example supported by both parents is the most important and most effective way for your children to develop a healthy attitude toward food.
Unfortunately I’m not so sure this is going to help ParentDish at this point—uh, keep hope alive?
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Judy Stefencavage - September 27, 2007 12:06 PM

Ear infections and tubes: I have been told that Drs are finding that most of the fluid behind the eardrum is caused by stomach problems; the fluid in the stomach is backing up into the ears, caused by something similar to GERD. that it is best to wait to find out which fluid is there before resorting to tubes. Is this true

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