Originally Posted by 7thDaughter
Kmamma, thx for listening. It feels at times like I'm crying out in the wilderness and nobody hears. It's absolutely clear to me that we are suffering an epidemic of obesity and malnourishment simultaneously, due to the corporate control of our food supply. Most folks including DH & most of my family don't want to hear this message. They wonder why on earth I'm willing to spend 2-3 hours daily in the kitchen, and put me in the middlin' crazy category.
I clued in a few years ago that the malnourishment is actually contributing to the obesity in some cases. A teen that I know, who probably isn't quite obese, medically (largely because he walks a lot, imo), but is definitely overweight gave me some insight. I've watched this young man eat at home, and he just does not stop putting food in his mouth. But, when he was with us a for a few days, I found that he really wasn't eating much more than anyone else would, and the "extra "would be easily explained by the fact that he was a late preteen male, who needed it to fuel growth. After watching this for a few days, I clued in that what he was constantly eating at home was almost all carbs...breakfast cereal, white bread, etc. - with a smattering of fat in the milk and some butter. He ate as much meat as he could get at dinner, but his diet was almost all highly processed carbs, with a very, very small amount of fruit (apples, bananas, and an occasional orange) and veggies (mostly carrots). The sheer number of calories he was ingesting was pushing him hard into the overweight/obese category, but he was eating so much, because there was little nutritional content, and his body was hungry for nutrients. With us, he was eating lots of veggies and fruit (this kid would inhale salads of leafy greens, for instance), seeds and nuts, etc. He did eat bread and cereal with us (my diet's far from perfect, even if I knew what perfect was!), but it was oatmeal and whole grains and whole wheat bread, and peanut butter without sugar and things like that. He has siblings and they're all at least slightly overweight, and I think it's mostly because the food they have available to eat is totally lacking in nutrient density.
So...I still have no idea how I feel or what I believe about certain things (grains!!), but we at least try to make sure our kids have fruit and veggies to go for, and that most of our food is loaded with nutrients other than just simple carbs. It's hard to eat a healthy diet when you're not sure what exactly constitutes a healthy diet, though! I'm trying to focus on whole foods, and as little processed food as I can manage...