Monday, July 15, 2024

Eziaha Bolaji-Olojo: Saving Our Children Through Smarter Food Choices 

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I didn’t assume a lot of it actually. As my son crossed the 6-month mark and I began to introduce semi-solids to his weight loss program, I (and my very lean pocket) went purchasing for canned child purees and the likes. , these fancy ones that cool mothers give their children (bonus factors if that is completed in public the place different individuals can see in order that your Cool-o-Meter rating is off the charts). It damage my pocket actual dangerous however what else might I’ve completed?

As my son bought older and extra solids have been launched to his weight loss program, it solely made sense for sausages, fries, ketchup, noodles, and extra to make it into our kitchen and finally my son’s plate. It was the conventional (and funky mother) factor to do. Then there have been the sugary juices and fizzy drinks that competed wholesale together with his consumption of water. Oh, did I point out the big selection of sugar-coated, multi-colored cereals that I purchased as a result of their advertisements had glad kids having fun with them. Cereals for breakfast? Sure, please! 

Now curiously, one thing was occurring in my private well being journey. By my son’s 6th month anniversary, I weighed a whooping 106kg, a determine I might always remember particularly as a result of I had weighed myself in a public place and the girl who took the readings gave me this ‘eyah’ look. (she was extra involved than judgemental although so no beef there). To present some context, I was a images mannequin and was truly a magnificence queen in my College of Ibadan days. 

As soon as the unique breastfeeding section was over, I made a decision to start out the journey to shedding pounds. As I made radical changes to my weight loss program and life-style and noticed unbelievable outcomes well being and weight-wise (I misplaced 30kg in about 4 months), I made a decision to additionally look intently into my son’s weight loss program.

Earlier than then, fairly truthfully, I used to be simply going with what I assumed was the norm with regards to feeding him. At this level although, one factor modified the sport for me – asking why!

Why was I giving my son a few of these meals we thought-about ‘cool’?

Wait! Why have been they even thought-about ‘cool’ within the first place? Who made them ‘cool’?

Why did I feed my son extra of what got here out of a pack (assume cereal, noodles, sausages and different processed meals) versus meals that got here straight from the farm?

Why was my son consuming extra juices and fizzy drinks than water?

Wait, the place did the time period ‘breakfast cereal’ come from?

Why couldn’t I give my son rice, beans, or yam for breakfast as a substitute of cereal?

Hey, what if I gave him water solely as a substitute of another drink in his lunch field?

Talking of lunch field, what if, for snacks, we swapped all of the biscuits for fruits solely?

Why was I spending extra on junk meals within the content material of his social gathering pack than different non-food choices?

Oh goodness! I didn’t simply act any extra, I requested myself why earlier than performing and that modified the complete recreation.

They have been such disruptive ideas and as I leaned in, I began to unearth alternate options that weren’t solely good for the now well being of my children, but in addition future-proofed them towards this world well being disaster that’s unfolding each day. After all, this has additionally helped my pocket as I turned a better purchaser.

It’s been about 9 years since I began to assume otherwise about what and why I fed my children and the outcomes have been phenomenal, the most important being virtually absent journeys to the hospital for one sickness or the opposite.

I will probably be again subsequent week, however let me go away my fellow mothers with one disruptive set of  ideas – Why not ‘water solely’? Why not ‘water solely’ in your children’ faculty lunch field? And taking it a disruptive step additional, why not ‘water solely’ served at your children’ subsequent party?

 

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Feature Image by Werner Pfennig for Pexels 

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