Somehow these two things don’t go together very well…But I am reviewing Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure this week, and I know it’s not one we’ll want to watch again (we’re not really much for watching movies over and over; we tend towards shorter shows so that more kids can have their favorite). I’d love for someone else to enjoy it, especially if there are any real Tinkerbell fans out there (full disclosure: the first Tinkerbell movie only lasted five minutes here, as both Wyatt (then 2) and Lily (then 4) found it way too scary.)
I’m reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, and his mantra–Eat food, not too much of it, mostly plants–has really resonated with me. I lost almost fifteen pounds in the three weeks we spent in China this summer by inadvertently following his advice (Cheez-its and Oreos being in short supply Â over there, and although I like Pocky as much as the next girl, I’m not going to get fat on it).Â
I know I’m better and healthier if I eat real food–as in, food you can define, food with ingredients you recognize, food that you could imagine cooking yourself. That can include french fries, but it lets Pop Tarts right out of the picture. Â
I’m thinking of starting a month-long household challenge (for a magazine piece) to eat nothing but actual food, but I can see two problems ahead: one, actual food takes time (tonight we had a full-on meal of fish, brussel sprouts and salad, and I swear I spent all afternoon chopping one way or another, then made both applesauce Â and applesauce bread for tomorrow–and there you have my day, which would be fine if I didn’t have a job). Two, my kids like things with powdered cheese on them, and there is really no way to finesse powdered cheese into the definition of “food” unless you can imagine yourself somehow powdering it. I think I could sell Sam on the project, but the others just aren’t going to get it.
I will clearly have to settle for “improvement,” for a lot of reasons. anyone have any excellent ideas for replacing the fake foods that fill my pantry with real ones that the kids will still love? Packing lunch, in particular, is looking like a tough one to me.
I’m no fanatic–I let them eat Halloween candy until they got bored with it (even Rory’s forgotten about it, a miracle in and of itself). I just want to see less maltodextrin and Xantham gum in what we eat. Plus as much as I like small crunchy snacks, I think we’re getting a little too dependent on them, and that’s not a good habit in the long run!