Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tentative Parenting : Just Cook!

K2 : Ma - which is the richest nation in the it the US?
Working Mom (stumped) : Well there are different ways of measuring rich...umm what do you mean by rich? (note the evasive tactic)
K2 : I mean rich in terms of money
Working Mom (fessing up) : K2, very good question. How about I check and let you know by evening?

And I did keep my part of the bargain, while I was at work  in between my lunch of Fried Rice (made with 7 whole grains, Tofu, Red Bell Pepper and Shitake Mushrooms) and Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, I did a google search and the winner is Qatar.

While I try to feed my 6 year old's brain with trivia which he might retain for future use, I worry about the nutrition abuse that he is exposed to in the US.

Some hard statistics:
  • About a third  of the children (31.8%) in the US are obese today 
  • Boys are more likely to be obese than girls
  • Childhood Obesity predisposes our children to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension among other alarming illnesses ( my father's mother and my father both suffered from Diabetes and Hypertension)
What can we do as parents? My blog title sums it all up - Just Cook!

This week I have cooked a couple different meals for my son:
  1. Focus on a good source of protein (cheese, lean meats, dal/lentils, beans)
  2. Ensure that your child is getting adequate vegetables and fruits
  3. Make the source of carbs : whole grains and fruits vs. processed foods
  4. Make sure there are good fats in the meal (nuts, avocados etc)
  5. Focus on Diet but also focus on exercise. We go for at least 2 walks a week of about 2-3 miles.
One of his favorite Indian Meals in : Matar Paneer. I cooked a low fat version of it from scratch. It took me all of 1/2 hour to have the Matar Paneer on the table with brown rice. I rounded the meal out with a fruit.

Fish is a good source of this case I simply seasoned it with salt and pepper, dipped in egg wash and dredged in panko bread crumbs and oven cooked it in a saute pan.

I do give desserts to my son, but the desserts look something like this. Serve up a slice of this mango pudding (agar agar or china grass makes it set) with a lot of cut fruits.

Net-Net : We shape our children's nutrition choices...their understanding of what is good for their health and what is not...and getting them accountable is key to their health...if I could leave you with one last piece it would be this -
it is not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It is to walk your talk and believe in what you preach and actually practice it. At the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don't get you and keep you in shape and is your sense of accountability ...investing in your child's nutrition mindfully