Dealing with nutritional "education" in school...


Peppercini

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Hello All, 

I am on day 24 of my Whole30, I don't post often but I do like to peruse the forums for inspiration, advice and just to sort of immerse myself in the lifestyle.  Everybody here is very kind and supportive.  :)

 

While I was perusing, I just started wondering.... how does everyone deal with conventional type nutritional education in the schools?  My oldest daughter is going into first grade so we haven't really run into this yet, but I'm sure we will soon.  I want her to know the truth about what is healthful and what is not.  But, she obviously needs to be able to do well on future quizzes and such.

 

I suppose I just plan on telling her what I know to be true, but that she has to pay attention in school and answer things their way.  Kind of like when I tell her pluto really IS a planet haha.  I just hate for her to have to be contradicted and/or conflicted about things.

 

Anybody run into this yet?

 

For myself, I'm almost finished with nursing school, and I know how annoying it is to have to answer "incorrectly" on an exam! grrrrr

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I haven't experienced this yet, but I have had the kids' grandma tell them what's "healthy" when they told her that we were changing our eating.  My thought is to head this off at the pass with the significant people in the kids' life (grandparents, teachers, regular babysitters, etc) by telling them how we eat and giving them a one-page info sheet with references in it regarding how we eat.  I haven't made up the sheet yet and, unfortunately school is now starting so it'll just have to be done in the next month or so.  Hopefully, this might influence the teacher's lessons, but if they HAVE to follow a curriculum, they will know WHY my kids are answering things differently!  However, I think you're on the right track with letting the kids know that they may have to give incorrect answers to pass their exams! lol

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I'm not really sure either but I know for now we are trying to avoid the whole scene by going to a Montessori school. I work in public school and am disgusted by school lunch. And I don't care what anyone says, candy is used as a behavior incentive all too often. I see it done everyday. You do your work, answer questions, sit quietly and the teacher comes around with a treat which is always candy. Plus in the lower grades, every time there's a holiday or a birthday, which is usually about once a week, there's junk food. I don't know how to fight against it other than to limit exposure which is one of the major reasons we decided to go to a Montessori program. But I realize that isn't an option for most people. The only reason we can afford it is because we have a bartering services arrangement.

It's still not ideal because they do a lot of vegetarian meals there so my kids are still getting gluten and legumes and occasionally soy milk. But at least they make all the meals there, nothing is processed and its all low in sugar. I noticed a huge change in behavior from my son especially when we transferred them.

More to the point of your question, I would guess you just have to be more diligent with what your teaching them and letting them know they are going to hear different things there and sort of prepare them for it. Unfortunately, I don't think the USDA and public school will be changing their position on nutrition any time soon. But I think the parents still have the biggest influence when it comes to molding our children's minds.

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Oh boy....well my DD is now in middle school but there were a few years in elementary when she would debate the others kids at lunch time about what was healthy vs what was not ( read-her lunch vs theirs!). It is very easy to explain that most people base their diet on the government standard of the food pyramid, unfortunately so much research has come out supporting other views of proper nutrition but the government has not kept up...therefor many well meaning parents are not feeding their kids appropriate foods....mostly non foods really.

I despise all those colorful little packages in kids lunches...chips, gummy crap, pretend dried fruit strips. Not much real food in those elementary school age lunches, but to kid who doesn't have them in their lunch box, they sure look pretty and appealing.

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