I don't care for fast food (where are you going with this? I have a point- promise) So, before Elijah was 14 months old, I don't think he had ever eaten fast food- not one chicken nugget, not one sack of french fries- not one cheeseburger. But one day we were out and about and I decided it would be fun and convenient to take him out to good 'ol McDonalds. Mistake.
He ate up those nuggets and devoured those fries like he was eating liquid gold. Why? Who knows. He wasn't a bad eater- but this was foreign food to him, and I was surprised by how engaged he was. Most of the time we ate pretty healthy. I thought his taste buds were more like mine. (I can't stomach a chicken nugget)
After this incident, every time we drove by a McDonalds he would readily point it out- say- in his 14 month old voice- "Mommy, there's McDonalds- can we go get some french fries and chicken nuggets?" I dismissed it and drove on. He soon forgot about his desires and we went on with our day.
Fast foward to present day. I have a Jeremiah. He doesn't eat at McDonalds often. I think he's eaten there a handful of times. HOWEVER and to my great dismay, every time we pass a McDonalds he cries out "Mama- McDonald....over there, Mommy! Mommy! (frantic now) FRENCH FRIES! FRENCH FRIES MOOOOOMMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!! I respond, no not today honey. This happens every day, at least 2 times per day. Sometimes 4, depending on which way I take the kids to school and if he notices. Which he usually does.
So why? I think they put drugs in their food. But that's not why I'm writing this blog. God knows what is in our food (well- He does know, but that's not why I'm writing this post either)
In just a few exposures, my kids have become addicted to McDonalds. When they see it and don't get it- they lose their minds! It's worse than crack! Okay, maybe not worse, but comparable. McDonalds is raking in the $$. And I've digressed. This is not meant to put down McDonalds, they are just doing the American thing and reaping the benefits of their Capitalism.
But I am talking about FOOD. We need it to live, we like to eat it, sometimes we eat too much of it, sometimes not enough. What is the perfect food? The perfect diet? It is the same for all? Remember the old saying
"You are what you eat"
This food topic has sprung in my brain for many reasons
A.) I have MS, and there is evidence that diet is directly related to symptoms
B.) I have 5 kids- and want them to be healthy
In this documentary it was stated OVER AND OVER AND OVER that eating animal based protein causes cancer, as well as heart disease. This means, you must adopt a vegan diet, otherwise you are doomed.
I was confused. Have we not been eating meat and other animal protein for ages? Have we not evolved to do just that? I agree that our consumption has gone up dramatically, and the average person eats way more than they should. But wouldn't it be a more logical conclusion that the reason people are overweight, getting cancer, diabetes and heart disease because they eat at McDonalds and other fast food restaurant's too much- not too mention all of the processed foods and refined sugars that are in our diets. Or could people be getting cancer more often because of all of the nuclear testing the military conducted in years past...who knows? Let's not make one thing the straw man that we can tear down just to build our own cause up. There are many factors to consider.
So anyway- I've got no true stance. All is good in moderation. I don't like fast food, but that is my preference. I will continue to eat meat, maybe a little less. I will continue to incorporate more fruits & veggies into my diet.
here's your part. I am sincerely requesting good recipes for healthy foods that the whole family can enjoy. (remember 5 kids...ages 2-12) Josh and I will eat anything, but have to keep the kids in mind. I'd like dishes that encompass all/most of the food groups, aren't too time consuming to make, and taste good. We'd really like some recipes for some veggie burgers, or other veggie entrees. I'm not buying frozen veggie burgers, becasue they're probably not very good for you...
So, if you'd like please submit your recipes or links to help me out. Thanks :)