Summer is in full swing, and I can see many people worry about their 'beach body'. Often in an attempt to lose weight fast, there is a tendency to lean toward radical fad diets.
When I see contemporary idealistic 'fad diets' sweep through, I worry. I worry not particularly for those experimenting with these diets, nor for the health consequences of doing so, because those people are in full control of their decisions and actions. However, I worry about their children, and the impact these experiments will have on their future relationship with food, nutrition, self image, and idea of health, as well as their health.
I worry too, how the next generation will feed and care for their kids. Our culture has developed into such a fast-paced, ever changing system that hard-won knowledge and traditions of our ancestors are often abandoned and forgotten within one or two generations. We are already well into the world that has forgotten how their parents and grandparents ate, in favor of learning to get fast and convenient food whenever and wherever it's available.
So, in a short but concise way, I will iterate how we can reverse that trend. Read Dr Weston A Price's book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. When your kids are old enough, have them read it. Have your parents and your grandparents read it. Rediscover the importance of traditions, and of social and cultural food knowledge. It will mean the difference between robust, healthy, happy children free of disease, and children that are plagued with chronic disease, allergies, lifelong disabilities, or worse.