Children with diabetes and a lot of the illnesses we see them suffering with now was not prevalent when I was a child. We had a healthier childhood than our children of today. This is of grave concern to me, especially as a mother and a teacher. Why do we see so many cases of diabetes in children and what are we doing to change this? Is this treatable and can we ensure that our children, tomorrow’s adults, mothers, fathers, government leaders, pastors, etc., live a healthy and happy life?
Erase Diabetes from their Lives
Today, I would like us to focus on tomorrow. Let us look at our children and see what we need to do in order to ensure that they do not have to write about diabetes tomorrow. Let us focus on our children so that their children will not know the words “diabetes” and “diabetic.”
Today, let us help our children to erase these words from their dictionaries tomorrow. We owe it to them to ensure that they are healthy, safe and happy.
First Teachers and First Classrooms
As parents, we are the first teachers our children see and hear. Our homes are the first schools they attended. Education begins at home. What foundations are you setting? Are you loading the refrigerator with sodas? Are you loading the pantry with highly processed foods?
Who taught your children to chew gums, buy sodas, cookies, and donuts? Who taught your children to smoke and acquire an appetite for smoking and missing sleep? Who taught your children to watch television all night and to spend days playing video games?
I am unhappy when I see the things our children are taught by some of the very first teachers with whom they interacted. I am less than happy about some of the very first schoolrooms our students learned to fill up on empty carbohydrates, sodas, and candies.
Yes, I am unhappy. You see, it creates a huge problem for tomorrow. If this is all we teach them, then we will have a domino effect as they teach the same things to their children, your grandchildren. Just pause for awhile and think about this. Is this what you really want for your children and your grandchildren?
Heed the Call and Make the Changes
I’ve made some changes at home that I would love to share with you. I am doing that because I would like to make a contribution to see an end to diabetes in our beautiful world. I know that if we win the war against diabetes with our children, then in time we will see less diabetes around us. Isn’t it beautiful to know that once we win this fight, then we will avoid other battles?
Yes, if we can get our children to eat whole foods and become more active, then they will not only avoid diabetes, but also high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, other lifestyle illnesses and possibly cancer. Are you with me on this one? Is it worth our time, effort and money? Are your children precious enough for you to throw out the processed foods and help them to change their eating habits?
Now, here are some of the changes I made in my home:
- Sodas and other store bought drink/juices are not encouraged. Instead, we make delicious fruit and or vegetable smoothies and juice/drink without sugar but sweetened with fruits.
- Donuts, cookies, and cakes are replaced with homemade cookies, cakes, and pancakes using coconut flour, cassava flour, fruits and other whole foods. We use fruits for the sweet tooth and I am super happy that my son was already not a fan of sweets, hence my job is easier.
- Our meals are loaded with whole foods. We snack on fruits and nuts. When we feel like eating cookies, we have some nuts and a fruit. Kale, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and other whole foods such as peanuts, cashew, almonds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds are always in the refrigerator.
- Meat is mainly used to flavor soups. My son still likes his meat, but, he is down to 3 oz per day and lots of vegetables, both raw and cooked using the moist cooking methods. I also do not promise to be off meat, but I do consume less now especially since I am more health conscious.
- We are learning to be creative with sandwiches using lettuce leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, etc. Boiled and poached eggs are eaten more often than fried eggs.
- We drink a lot of water and smoothies loaded with vitamins and minerals from the colorful fruits and vegetables given to us by God.
Turn the Switch to Whole Foods
I guess you understand the drift by now. We need to switch our children to whole foods in order to cure their diabetes. It can be done. They will make the right choices when they leave our homes and go to school and other places.
Let us buy more of the following foods at home:
- Ripe bananas
- Bok Choy
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green Bananas
- Cho Cho
Note, the above list is by no means complete, but I just wanted you to see that our children will not starve and that they can eat delicious foods as well. I will be sharing recipes in my newsletters, please feel free to subscribe below.
A More Active Lifestyle to Eliminate Diabetes
Our children are the future and if we teach them to eat whole foods and to become active individuals, then the future will be different. Diabetes will be present in fewer homes. Governments and families will have more financial resources to use for other things.
Let us get our children active again. I remember as a child playing games such as badminton, netball and “ring games.” Staying inside all day was not an option for us when we were growing up.
Why are we doing this to our children? Why are we silent when they spend all day inside playing games and watching television? Let us encourage our children to play baseball, badminton, netball and cricket again.
We are not short on research and living proofs that an active lifestyle will make us healthier and prolong our lives. I am sure, we all want our children to be healthy and happy. Let us do the right thing. Limit their use of these electronic games and be active as a family. Let us act now for a diabetic-free tomorrow.
A Note on Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is said to be an auto-immune illness, where the production of insulin is affected. This is the type of diabetes that affects a number of our children. Does that mean that they can ignore their diet and eat and drink whatever they like?
The answer, of course, is a no, certainly not. Remember, that when we eat whole foods and ensure that we include lots of plant-based foods in our diet, coupled with an active lifestyle, we maintain a good body weight, avoid high blood pressure and high cholesterol to name a few. This way of living could help us (parents) from having to assist and care for our children through not just type 1 diabetes, but also cancer.
Act One, Scene One
It is time to act. Let us re-think what we purchase and what we eat. Let us educate our children about whole foods. Let us pressure school canteens and tuckshops to stock up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk and fruit smoothies which are made at school.
Let us pressure our schools to make soup with pumpkin and beans, nicely seasoned and garnished to serve our children. Let us protect our children by insisting that brown rice is cooked at school and sweet potatoes are served in the cafeterias.
But, be reminded that home is the first classroom for our children and we are the first teachers they meet. Make the switch at home and then eating the foods provided at home will be accepted by our children when they are given the same foods at school.
We have a responsibility to give our children the opportunity to develop into healthy, happy adults, who are eating whole foods and maintaining an active lifestyle. Do this and our grandchildren and their children will be “as fit as a fiddle.”
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