As a tae kwon do instructor, I am amazed at the inability of this generation of children to stand still and focus. Most just can’t do it. My heart goes out to these children, because it isn’t their fault. But, what a handicap for life. Imagine continually fidgeting, unable to be still, and wanting to jump out of your skin. And, children are normally continually reprimanded for it. I worry about their future as adults.
I also feel for the parents because it isn’t their fault either. We have been fed so many lies by the food industry and health authorities. Also, one would assume you could go to the supermarket and buy “food” and that it should be okay for your family. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and the “food” in the supermarkets and food outlets is destroying our children’s lives. As Jamie Oliver says, “This is the first generation of children that is expected to die before their parents.”
Healthy children are full of energy, mentally and physically, and can focus for long periods of time. They are happy, and have good dispositions. They don’t have blue under their eyes (you will be hard-pressed to find one or two children in each classroom these days without blue under their eyes). They have clear fingernails (without white marks on them). They eat well and eliminate well.
People often comment about my children; they find them amazing. As I am writing this section, my daughter is playing a tune on the guitar; she only started learning guitar a month ago, and she is playing not chords, but a full tune. She is multi-talented; she sings, dances, and is one rank from being a black belt in Rhee Tae Kwon Do. She is 10, but her reading level was just tested at school, and she reads at a 14 year old level. She is as smart as a whip. When she was very little, she could sit for very long periods of time focused on something. When she was one year old, she was doing complex puzzles. She is also well-rounded and spends most of her time playing, twirling, painting, drawing, and being a child.
My son is 15, and he has in-depth conversations with adults about serious topics. He is a very deep thinker, and I can tell he will do something very important in his adult life. He is highly intelligent and self-driven. I never ask him to complete his homework; he does that on his own. He is currently working on a project with a friend so that they can become financially free by the time they are 18 and do what they choose as adults, rather than working for a living. My son is also happy and spends a lot of time doing teenage things; staying at friends’ houses, playing the Magic trading card game, and other hobbies.
Some people probably think they are just lucky, or have good genes; that maybe they are in the genius category. No, they aren’t. They just have the advantages that most children don’t have these days. They have been fed real food. Children are generally naturally amazing if we don’t give them a handicap.
Children are also designed to be beautiful. We all are. Inadequate nutrition has caused our faces and bodies to form differently than intended. Without adequate nutrition during pregnancy, breast feeding, and childhood, children’s features form differently than they would otherwise. Faces become narrow, teeth crowd, eyes form too close together, foreheads protrude, jaws jut out, and the general balance of the face that forms the foundation for beauty isn’t there. Adelle Davis was a pioneer of this kind of thinking in the 1950s, and she documented these phenomena back then. Imagine what she would say now.
There is global concern for the malnutrition being suffered in developing world because of poverty. What people don’t realise is that children are suffering from malnutrition in our “developed” countries, even though they have enough to eat. They may look well-fed, or over-fed, but they are malnourished.
Changing a child’s diet back to real food will likely give them such an advantage in life. They often initially resist, but they will eventually get over it if there aren’t other choices.
Some parents cook multiple meals for their children, because their children refuse to eat certain things; but according to the literature, being finicky about food can be a symptom of under-nutrition.
One of the reasons I wrote The Fat Revolution Cookbook was so that I could offer children healthy alternatives so they don’t feel like they are missing out. My children often come home and have a chocolate milk, a muffin, or chips.
Note: The Fat Revolution Cookbook is a LCHF (low carb, high fat) cookbook, perfect for families and for those who don’t need to be super low in carbs. If you would like to be strict keto (no root vegetables, fruit, nuts), use the Easy Keto Cookbook.