Wait, what? Aren’t hungry kids emotional, dramatic, and hard to control? Is she crazy?! Isn’t childhood hunger a local problem, as well as a global issue? Aren’t well-nourished children more likely to do well in school?
Yes, yes, yes. Now let me explain.
As you might have realized by now, I feed my children well. We buy high quality meats and vegetables. We cook creative foods and require them to try everything. We involve them in the cooking process to get them interested. But still, sometimes my kids are picky. They won’t want to try something if it the smell is too different, or they don’t like the color of a sauce, for example.
The other night, however. Something amazing happened. It was time for the kids to take their fermented cod liver oil (FCLO), which is caramel flavored and I cover with raw honey, and they “chase” with a chocolate chip. That’s how chocolate chips are distributed around here, after FCLO. My son hemmed and hawed, not wanting to eat it. But my daughter eagerly said, as her brother glared at his full spoon, “my turn, my turn!” She gobbled up the spoonful of oil and honey, popped in her chip and said “more, more!” She wanted another spoonful of FCLO, which I readily provided. This has never happened before. Ever.
As she wandered away happily, I stood there in awe. How? What? Then I thought about it. She hadn’t eaten in about 4 hours. I was about 30 minutes away from serving dinner, so I didn’t want them to eat anything. So my beautiful two year old, in her youthful wisdom, took whatever nourishment she could get. Amazing.
She also proceeded to eat more dinner then I’ve ever seen. No complaints about the leftover sauce (which was shunned the day before), or the veggies she’d previously never tried. And just when we were out of leftovers, they asked for cheese. What? More?! Yes, more nourishing food! That little body had had a busy day, not enough of a nap, and needed nourishment. That I waited four hours, didn’t give them a snack after school, and provided healthy options led to some amazing and beautiful food choices.
From now on, I’m going to let my kids get hungry so I can watch their little bodies gobble up nourishing foods at mealtime.
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