When my son attended his Japanese preschool, he ate a fairly healthy diet. My husband packed him a myriad of healthy foods, and he rarely complained.
In first grade, he moved to a different school (Japanese school ends after kindergarten), and suddenly the food revolt began. If it was food that was bad for him, he wanted to eat it. We still tried to pack him healthy lunches and feed him healthy meals at home, but he wanted junk. If we gave him a little, he just wanted more. Plus, he became hyper after eating these foods. I don’t know if it is the sugar or the food dyes, but he just bounces off the wall.
What was more frustrating to me was the attitude held by some of the educators at the school. We have him bring a water bottle to school; the lunch room teacher approached me with her concerns that we weren’t buying milk for him to drink at school. We don’t buy it because he isn’t much of a milk drinker; he gets a small glass at breakfast and dinner, and we have to prompt him to drink it. The lunch room teacher suggested that I let him drink chocolate milk at school so he can get his calcium in. The attitude that junk is okay for kids is found every where.
Then, ironically, those same kids who are freely given junk may become overweight, and then the junk will be deemed bad and they will have to go on diets. I don’t understand our society.
Tonight, my son and I settled down to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I expect this show to gain momentum as the week’s go on, but my son did learn some important lessons about how hamburger is made. As he watched, he started talking about how it is okay to have a little junk once in a while, but it is best to eat healthy the majority of the time. Maybe what I can’t seem to get through to my son, Jamie Oliver can.