In honor of National Nutrition Month I want to talk about Kale. I can’t think of a food that has been wrapped in a health halo more than kale. But there’s good news if you hate it. You can still have healthy eating habits and never touch the stuff. So can your kids.
Kale gets wrapped in the warm, fuzzy embrace of nutritionists, healthy eating aficionados, Internet recipes, medical experts… Who doesn’t embrace kale? Kids. (And lots of adults too.)
For the record, I happen to genuinely like kale, especially baby kale, and prefer it in salads to regular old lettuce. My point here is that including kale in your diet is not the “secret sauce” of healthy living. It might even cause problems.
Consuming large quantities of kale contributed to writer Jennifer Berman’s hypothyroidism.
Writing in The New York Times a few years ago, Berman reveals that she juiced large quantities of kale and other cruciferous vegetables every morning to prevent the cancer that runs in her family only to discover it was a key contributor to her hypothyroidism.
The rest of Berman’s healthy diet had a downside for her hypothyroidism too. Other problematic foods?
“And flax—as in seeds—high in omega 3’s, that I sprinkled on cereal and blended in strawberry almond milk smoothies. Also forbidden: almonds and strawberries, not to mention soy, peaches, peanuts, corn, radishes, rutabaga and spinach.”
Read Berman’s story here. She reveals more shocking news when she visits the dentist. And that’s something to consider when it comes to kids. (Spoiler alert: the dentist says chocolate and soda would have been better for her teeth.)
Three habits translate nutrition into behavior:
Teaching habits is a helluva lot easier than teaching nutrition. It’s more effective too.
When your children know how to behave in relation to food (the when, why and how much of eating) they will automatically get the what of eating right too. And that what might even include kale.
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~