Dan Edelman’s nutrition confessions of a conflicted parent.
“Barring obvious socioeconomic barriers such as poverty, often the only barrier to a child having access to good nutrition is the parents’ lack of access to information, lack of ability to process that information or laziness.” —E.M. Burton
I am no expert on food. This my perspective and my perspective alone. But it is the perspective and honesty of a father who is trying to be a good dad but constantly battles a sneaking suspicion that he sucks as a parent.
Am I really allowing my kids to do the equivalent of smoking by allowing them to eat poorly? It might be that bad. I do not feel misinformed, so am I lazy? One has to wonder in light of Burton’s reasonable advice. I do what I can. I model the behavior I want my children to emulate and I explain why, figuring that my kids will eventually sort it out for themselves.
In fact, many of the oldest CrossFit Kids have adopted a food-as-fuel nutritional regimen as they exit adolescence, making the choice themselves. This is critically important. This is evidence that CrossFit Kids can guide children to a lifetime of fitness—of super-wellness. This is evidence that, as they mature, children can decide on the basis of their own experience to take healthy actions despite the influence of the media, non-likeminded peers and the mistakes—past and ongoing—that their parents made.
That is comforting food for thought.