With so many choices how is a family supposed to decide how to eat and how to feed their children. I am a firm believer there is no right diet for everyone. However, there are definitely wrong ways to eat and feed our kids. As you know food is one of my favorite topics to research and I love to eat. With that said, food needs to be nourishing and enjoyable. Of all the diets I have researched the Anti-Inflammatory Diet both adult and pediatric makes the most sense to me. Here's why. Most illness and diseases occur because of inflammation. Even a simple virus may start as a virus entering our body causing an inflammatory response. If your body is already in a state of inflammation due to poor nutrition, poor sleep, no exercise, smoking, stress and other toxins, the inflammation will be even more damaging and your body will have a hard time fighting the illness.
Studies have shown that the Anti-Inflammatory style of eating helps reduce inflammation (thus the name), reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, rheumatologic diseases, parkinsons, Alzheimer's and even cancer. Created by Integrative Medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil, the anti-inflammatory style of eating combines the best from the Mediterranean diet, Asian diet, and DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Check out Dr. Weil's website for more information and for the Adult Pyramid (which has a small glass of red wine-yeah!). Below, I have the pediatric anti-inflammatory diet.
Basically, it's just real food. As you can see, the bottom five rows are meatless. Also, far more vegetables and fruit than most of us get.
So when you look at this and then think about how you eat or you feed your kids, you can get pretty discouraged. Don't! Everyday try to incorporate a little more fruits and vegetables. If the kids freak about it make them a green smoothie (my green smoothie in the recipe section is delicious!) Make sure to pack a fruit and vegetable in their lunches (and yours) and serve 2 veggies with dinner and a fruit.
"Why two veggies for dinner Dr. P?" you ask. Cause you know your kids traded their veggie at lunch for their friends Oreo's-at least that's what I'm guessing.
So how is the Chelsea Project going? Well, I do everything I'm typing about. Some nights she eats the veggies and fruit and some nights she doesn't. Who knows what happens at lunch.