Every month of the year, our nation decides to devote much marketing and education about various topics. Well, March is National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”.
As parents we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves trying to do what is best for our families. We read books, research online, talk to our friends and consult professionals like registered dietitians and doctors, all in hopes of finding the ideal methods of taking care of our children, in this case, what we feed them. How great is it that we live in a society where a world (literally) of information is available at our fingertips? The downside is that all of those opinions and knowledge can leave a parent feeling very inadequate or even guilty regarding the choices they make for their family. It seems these days that if you aren’t buying totally local, organic, farm-raised foods or if you feed your child something with even a hint of preservatives, dye, refined sugar, hormones, antibiotics, trans-fats (you the general idea), you are guilty of slowly killing your family. Yes, some of those foods are genuinely bad for your body but there is much grey area on the effect they may have especially depending on how much and how often you consume. There must be some balance because setting unreasonably high expectations can lead to frustration and disappointment for all parties involved. Knowledge is power but only if you can decide what is “right” for your family. Have confidence in the decisions you make, especially the ones that you take the time to research and educate your selves with. Do not let anyone food-shame you, because only you know what is best for your family.
“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” sends a message of empowerment. Seek out the knowledge for eating healthful and well, but also decide for yourself and your family the best way to utilize what you learn and apply it to your daily life in a way that is manageable and realistic for everyone.