Who’s Looking Out for the Health of Our Children? Part 1

Our children will be the leaders and society of a not-so-distant future.

This is the first part of a series for “The Value of the Food We Feed Our Children”

And according to the CDC, 1 in every 2 children has some form of chronic illness today! This is crazy high! How can our children lead if they are sick? I am not a fan of fear-mongering but these are real statistics, folks!

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Additionally there are over 500,000 children who are under a State and government protocol in the US. Tens of millions in the world who do not have a family. These children must fall under the widely accepted diets because there is NOT a family that is looking out for them and if there is, it is manipulated/incented by what is “paid for”. Let me explain. I’ll tell our story.

These children are forgotten by the society as a whole. These are orphans or Foster children. It is an enormous population of children.

Don’t let those pretty eyes gloss over. {smile}

Too many times people say to me, “I can’t handle this” or “someone else will take care of this”. Well, we have done a small part and I want to help you see how YOU can make a huge difference. This is a part of our story that we will share over the next few weeks…

My goal is to:

  • Inspire involvement at any level
  • Compel you to eat healthy for your children and family, and
  • Educate you on a forgotten group of children that DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG and very few want to help them

It is a warm summer day when I get the call. After all the paperwork, 10 weeks of classes, and comprehensive state and federal investigations, our family is approved and licensed to foster and have the opportunity to adopt. “You guys were fast! Are you ready?”asks the State Licenser. “Ready?” I respond, “Yes,” she says, it is hard to find people qualified and we have a two year old little boy who needs a home today!” Thus begins our first day fostering.

Looking back, I acknowledge we only had a vague idea of what we were getting into. We just love children and know that we can make a difference.

We are informed upon arrival that evening that this 2 year old little boy; cannot speak, has been in several homes (3-4?), and he is coughing with a nasty bronchial infection and needs to go to the doctor again. He has papers for his frequent visits to the doctors. The ladies who transport the child to our home, have no knowledge of this child. They leave us alone with our new son, which is a strange relationship to describe.

We are told as new foster parents that we can use WIC to feed this child. It is free to us and it will help in the transition if the child returns back to his family. By me participating in this program, the birth Mom (or Dad) will have an account set up for the child and many times the child doesn’t get food if the foster families do NOT participate in the WIC program.

There's No Food

O.K. I confess, I have a major curiosity of how this system works. We do not need this assistance, so I certainly do not want to “use up” from those who actually do need it…but I do want to understand this part of our system. How do we feed those down on their luck, out of a job, and all else.

Swallowing my pride, I determine to do this just once for the experience. After 2 appointments in a special government building, 1 hour of waiting in a crowded room of screaming children, 2 hours of interviews with 3 different personnel, I am beyond frustrated. This is a business. Waiting in line for my free donations. I am missing some papers the first time, so I have to return the next day. Mind you, I have 7 years of college with certifications and this is no easy day-in-the-park. {Feeling sad for families in this predicament} Compassion is my first learning.

Once that is accomplished, we receive special papers that look like checks. With my 4 boys under 7, we head out for the closest Target to experience this adventure. I ask the customer service to help me understand the organization of WIC food as this is my first time. He informs me that you just go through the categorical sections and then look for the labels that have WIC. Aagh!  Two hours later (did I mention, withe 4 boys under 7?!) I approach the checkout. The milk, cheese, juices, boxed cereals are every bit of the Standard American Diet is on the list of food. I desperately try to prove that I can find actual food that is nutrient dense through this selection. I do the very best I can.

Well, it turns out that even though I picked the foods with the WIC label under them, only half of what is on the conveyor belt is correct. Apparently, I have the wrong size or brand!!!! At this point, I ashamedly share my action…I just walk away without any groceries because enough time has been wasted and the understanding is complete! The foods allowed are soy, pasteurized, not organic, mostly boxed or bagged foods! This is NOT food. And what is food-like has been so modified, there are little, if any, nutrients left.

We determine that we will help the biological parents if the child returns, but certainly NOT with this option.

Over the next few weeks, we will share the most exciting recoveries with you in this series, “The Value of the Food we Feed our Children”.

Become a positive activist with us for children and their health by joining the Fostering Nutrition team. Subscribe in the top right bar and join our efforts to educate, eat well, and heal.

Up next is Part 2 where we will “go deeper” with actual testimonies of how the diet of a child is of utmost importance.

Keep Fostering Nutrition for you and your loved ones!

Please watch the trailer of this amazing project that will document the very findings we have seen over and over again. Support this effort like we have! Nutrient dense food heals!

The Canary Kids Project

The Canary Kids Project will validate the value of the food we eat.

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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using real food, real discussion, and encouragement. As a Wife, Mom of birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple food tips while volunteering in a local Orphanage to create a model for change. Connect with Mandy through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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4 thoughts on “Who’s Looking Out for the Health of Our Children? Part 1

  1. […] is a little of the SAD we experience through the hospital with a foster son. See THIS on how the Standard American Diet affects the Fostering System . Our very first foster child had […]

  2. My husband and I just read this post. We completly agree! We had wic for our son because we were going thru hard times. Ever since he has been severely allergic to everything he ate while on the proram (and I ate while pregnant)! Ironic? I don’t think so! Soy, peanut (deathly), milk, eggs,and now dog and cat because his system is so screwed up. We are now paying a very high price for not spending more money on food back then. He is now six and cannot live a “normal” life because of these allergies. He has recently been in the hospital due to peanut cross contamination. DO NOT use this program, fed your children real food instead. Avoid all the problems it can and will bring!

    1. Oh, Jen. I am soooo sorry that this happened to your family too. Good news is that you can work back to a healthier state. Our family has worked hard and found a way. I really think that we, as a people, didn’t realize the push for cheap, really meant cheap food. Here is the way we got our health back, hopefully it can help you on your journey. Blessings, sweetie! http://www.fosteringnutrition.com/healthy-family-in-6-easy-steps/

  3. […] We just happen to be reading that sweet book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, by Eric Carle and found some inspiration in the kitchen. But the best part is avoiding all of the anti-nutrients that children are given today! [see here] […]

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