I watched the Fed Up movie, put together by Katie Couric and Laurie David (producer of the Oscar-winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, yesterday and I’m conflicted. Part of me wants to empty out my pantry of anything that has a high sugar count, any type of sugar and throw it away. Which is a waste of food, but I don’t want to donate it to become someone else’s problem.
The other part of me wants to go check out the school’s lunch options and make sure our school is serving healthy food like they say they are. My kids take their lunch almost every day but I have gotten a little laxed lately in what I allow them to take but my kids have proven to me that they are going to make healthy choices because we taught them healthy choices. So, I’m not sure if I should feel guilty for letting them have a granola bar in their lunch with applesauce, a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. I was a food Nazi for the first five/six years of their lives. They were in the 100th percentile to 100+ percentile since they were babies. Don’t say it was formula either because one baby was breast fed and the other was formula so I had one of each. I have taught them when to be full or to rest and let their brain get the signal from the stomach and to eat good food, fruits and veggies. I taught them about food, about eating right.
For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. The film is now in theaters.
The movie really focuses on the government and schools and sugar. Sugar is the evil character in this story and the government hasn’t done enough to help Americans stop eating sugar. But whenever they try to make a difference the people say government shouldn’t tell me what I can and can’t eat. Which my husband and I agree with. I do think more changes can be made in the schools. Fast food options should not be available in the schools. There should be more salads and more fresh food in schools. Over the past year and a half I have really become more aware of the need to eat fresh foods and I’ve always limited what my kids can drink and eat when it comes to sweets. And now I look at my kids and I feel like I did a great job. They are healthy, and they come from genes that have to fight heavy weights. It’s going to be a constant battle for our family but we’re doing it together.
Parents need to be taught how to know what they are feeding their kids. I remember when I was a kid my stepmother would show me the packages and how many sugars were in something. You have to understand sugar and how the body takes sugar in. No matter what kind of sugar it is your body can only handle so much of it. Is fruit high in sugar yes yes it is BUT it also has fiber and other things your body needs so your body is taking the sugar in the fruit and processing it differently because of the fiber. It’s natural and intended for your body.
I’m a sugar addict, and I’ve been struggling with my own diet so watching this movie yesterday really made me take a look at my choices and why I haven’t been losing weight. I like to have a cocktail or glass of wine after dinner and sometimes I’ll even have a bowl of chocolate chips. My body turns that directly into sugar and into fat. Plus I sit on the couch a lot. It’s movement and what you eat. It’s education. Maybe what we really need to do is educate people. Educate families. Doctors need to provide resources for ENTIRE families.
Part of the movie infuriated me. A doctor told a child to go on weight watchers and weight watchers said no because they were too young. They were also told to go see a nutritionist and the only one available didn’t see children. There is a problem there! Someone dropped the ball because this family was in search of help and found none. They tried to do it on their own but they didn’t understand. I didn’t fully understand. The Fed Up movie enlightened me a great deal, but I don’t agree that this needs to be put completely on congress, unless we’re telling them that something has to be done to educate families better on how to eat healthy.
I’m not a doctor, I can’t give you advice, a movie can’t give you advice. A nutritionist and a doctor and a physical therapist are all qualified to give you advice. But a movie like this I think can inspire change and that I completely support. I was left inspired.
We may have missed the day the FedUp Challenge started but you can start today, you can start tomorrow, but it’s worth a try and it won’t be easy. Join the #FedUpMovie team in going sugar free for 10 days. It won’t be easy, but together we can take the first steps in fighting the biggest public health crisis of our time. Take the pledge » http://fedupmovie.com/fedupchallenge