I recently held a workshop at Eliza’s school to help reinforce their learning about #foodgroups
. I had the attention of 150 kids, what an honor. I followed the EATWELL guidelines, which is part of their curriculum. Aside from it being brilliant that we‘re teaching kids about food at a young age, I find this #Eatwellguide
confusing, somewhat misleading & a little unnecessary - it’s not that simple & straightforward, and I’m not sure how I feel about teaching kids to categorize foods so rigidly at such a young age? Most of these foods can hop from group to group. It’s suggested that we include low fat diary as our main source of calcium (we don’t “need” dairy for calcium) and finally, it’s embarrassing how we’re teaching kids about fat.
After decades of focus on low-fat diets, most of us are confused about dietary fats. The NHS suggests: “Unsaturated fats are healthier fats and include vegetable, rapeseed, olive and sunflower oils.” Unfortunately, all of these recommendations, aside from olive oil, are inflammatory oils which contribute to the imbalance of our essential fats ratio -omega 3 : omega 6. When these essential fats are out of balance, it can lead to a terrain conditioned for disease.
Although I followed this Eatwell guide (it’s not my place to go rogue on a school) I focused more on how foods don’t necessarily fall into categories that easily. We discussed alternatives for calcium, as we are seeing families increasingly avoid dairy for health & moral reasons. We talked about the importance of good fats in our diet. The amount of evidence supporting the #mediterraneandiet
for example, for optimal health is undeniable and the MD generally derives a relatively high proportion of calories from fat. New research suggests that rather than focusing on total carbohydrate, the guidance should be on specific foods: limiting refined starch and sugars, while eating more of other carbohydrate-containing foods such as fruits, legumes, and fiber-rich whole grains. But most of all, we learned to eat real food bc ALL real food gives us energy. ALL real food helps us grow & most importantly make sure our plates are full of color. #eatarainbow