School lunch: I feel like I shouldn’t complain anymore because I homeschool but I want too. My son went to public school and qualified and got the free-school lunch program. I am not going to say anything wrong with that program. Children need to be fed and the school-lunch program insures that they will eat at least twice a day( if you qualify you get breakfast-lunch). The federally funded USDA approved school lunch is a nasty undeniable product that we allow our children to eat, daily. Pizza=vegetable. French Fries= vegetables. Fruit= Usually canned.
Milk=Chocolate. Ok I’m not a fan of milk, period but chocolate? Seriously? Keep in mind that there is baby-cow loving sugars in there but they also add about 220 mgs of sodium and cellulous(plant-based thickener/emulsifier) but both are not found naturally IN milk. We could go on about milk and the growth hormones present in the milk (not human introduced) that are essential for a cow’s growth. So in turn we feed our under active 8 year olds a food produced to feed a 500lbs animal? Added bonuses of a non-dairy life: snoring is either eradicated or decreased, bed wetting in children(that are too old to do so), seasonal allergies are minimized or gone, and your skin in clear among a few.
As far as French fries and pizza… like how did the dairy industry convince a room full of adults (who all went to Ivy League schools) that pizza is a vegetable? Why is the potato industry taking the cheap/easy way out by hocking French fries? Potatoes are criminalized by French fries. They are a perfect starch-based McDougall-style super-food, why would they do this? Most kids will eat a potato even if it is not in the French fry form.
Canned fruit, well lets try putting it in juice or water, which I think is the standard for school canned fruit while the syrup is fructose laden garbage.
Should you complain? Yes. It may not be as bad in a rural area school but many American children do not live in a rural setting. My son attended a rural school, out of our district, and they implemented more dietary changes in their program. Not an insane amount of them but my son always had a choice of pasta and there was fresh fruit or crudité available. Yes they served heaps of pizza, French fries, and everything else that the USDA subsidizes.
Should you complain? Yes. If you are a PTA member make your words heard. If anything the PTA can or should be an annoyance to the Principal and or the Super Intendant until they choose to make changes in their district’s policy. The school-lunch policy changes bill was passed and if you are a parent you should demand the changes ASAP. You should care because your children are getting sick, fat, and less productive.
I just read an article where students were tweeting their disappointment with the new lunch program…it’s too small. I feel the story was not impartial and I am sure they skipped fruit or veg on the food line. Children of all ages need to be taught what food is. Many Americans eat processed foods so if Michelle Obama’s program institutes fresh foods and smaller portions kids don’t want to eat foods they either connect as icky or strange to them. Classrooms need to be teaching what food is and hands-on cooking in the classroom needs to be added into our curriculum. I think an hour each day out of their schedules would benefit them. Here is a link to a Foods I Tried packet I created for my own son(a super-picky eater) it is FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Foods-I-Tried-1271505
Watch this video trailer, it has every possible plant-based doctor in it and it is amazing,
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