Whether we are single moms, full-time working moms, stay-at-home moms, mothers to many or a few; we have the most influence in our children’s lives.
We are the primary role models and educators in teaching their values concerning food and establishing their eating habits.
We set the stage for planning meals and creating holiday food traditions.
Women are the primary food industry consumers who stock the refrigerators and pantries of America. We purchase over 90% of the groceries in the United States.1
At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, it’s what little Johnny repeatedly sees when he opens the refrigerator and cupboards at home that’s going to have the most influence on his food values and health.
It would be ideal if every pediatrician would instruct their young patients about the health promoting benefits of nutritarian eating. It would be beneficial if every daycare, school and church would educate children about the life-damaging effects of eating for disease. It would be wonderful if every youth activity, from nursery to college, could teach the importance of eating nutrient dense foods for developing bodies.
Reality is, moms, we purchase the food and set the example. We are the primary educators and role models that will have the most influence in establishing our children’s long term eating habits and health.
“The key to raising a healthy family is not letting unhealthy food choices enter the house. Because when they do, the kids will seek them out, like flies to honey and fill their caloric requirements with junk; crowding out anything health supporting. (Wheat flour listed as a first ingredient means it is junk food. It must be ‘whole wheat flour.’)” -Dr. Fuhrman
Are we teaching, by our example and purchases, to eat for disease or to eat for health?
Reference: 1. Too Busy to Shop; Marketing to “Multi-Minding” Women by Kelly Murray Skoloda