Take the 30-Day Healthy Eating Challenge at Your Child’s School

Every year, I hear teachers say it’s getting harder and harder to teach. And a lot of teachers are kinda saying, “This isn’t for me and it’s too much, “I don’t spend enough time teaching. “I spend more time
doing classroom behavior “and kinda just dealing with attitudes “and things like that.” So, I have an idea. I think we can reverse course. And you’re probably wondering, “How,” and, “I’m somewhat intrigued
but I don’t believe it,” right? So, that’s totally valid,
but let me explain. I’m Renee Seltzer,
founder of Feeding My Kid, and our entire website and experience is all about kids and nutrition. (light xylophone music) I think food has a lot to do with all these behavioral issues that we’re seeing in children. So, let me explain. So, some cereals are actually sweeter now and have more sugar than
they had three years ago! So, I’m not talking about 30 years ago or 40 years ago when
we were eating cereal, I’m talking about three years ago. Food manufacturers are now in an arms race to see how much sugar
they can add to our food. There’s a lotta reasons for that, so make sure you check out other videos. But for now, I’m actually gonna
talk through some solutions. So, I wanna challenge
teachers, PTA, vice principals, and mostly parents to get
involved in this 30-day challenge, and that’s all I’m asking is for 30 days. I want us to tweak how our kids are eating for breakfast, lunch,
and snacks at school. I wanna go ahead and
tweak it and improve it and do whole foods,
fruits, vegetables, grains, cut out a lotta the sugary processed stuff and just the simple carbs
like Goldfish crackers and gummies and things like that. So, we cut those out, we tweak it, and we offer things like
carrot sticks and snap peas. I wanna try this 30-day challenge, but it’s actually pretty easy to do. I’m gonna provide you
with a snack calendar of suggestions and provide
breakfast and lunch ideas that you can hand over to parents. So, I wanna arm you with
everything you’re gonna need to give to parents to really
kick off this challenge. One of the things that I wanna
do with this challenge is, if you have 10 kindergarten classes or 10 second grade classes, I wanna ask that half of
the classes participate and the other half doesn’t. Why? Well, that’s more of a fair assessment, ’cause we’re all going
back to our experiments. We need our benchmark and baseline, and then we need the ones that are participating in the challenge. So, what we’re gonna do
is for half the classes, ask that they do this 30-day challenge, and then we’re gonna compare
notes at the end of 30 days. And if you as the teachers enjoy teaching those kids who ate better,
then we could pass it on and potentially get this
started all over the country, all over your school, and
really make teaching more fun for teachers and for students. Because when they’re lethargic and their bodies are kinda
doing these highs and lows with the food that we’re eating because of all that sugar
and simple carbohydrates, they’re not enjoying
school as much either. They’re getting more bored, so they’re having a lotta
issues with it, right? So, I think they’ll
enjoy school a lot more. Parents, what’s in it for parents? Well, ’cause they’re gonna actually do the bulk of the work, right? They have to come armed
with better snacks, better breakfasts and
better lunches, right? So, Lunchables with Capri
Suns aren’t gonna work. We’re gonna kick those out. So, what we have to do
for parents, I think, and this is where the experiment comes in, we’re gonna prove it,
is if we can get parents to put the effort to get
their kids to eat healthier, they’re gonna enjoy
their kids more, right? ‘Cause they’ll have less
tantrums, less mood. There’s actually Harvard studies, and I will put all the
metadata and research and evidence-based research
in the documentation I’m gonna send with this video that you could share with them, but actually there’s
Harvard research studies that show that the foods that
we eat affects their mood too. So, they’re gonna be happier, they’re gonna be more content, they’re gonna be more
excited to go to school, and they’re gonna have more energy. And they’re gonna be able to concentrate and retain information better just by tweaking the foods
that we’re giving them, which is crazy, right? It seems so simple. So, this is the benefit to the parents: they’re gonna have less moody kids, their kids are gonna be able
to get more outta school, so that means they have
to do less homework. A lotta times we’re doing
fractions over and over and over and over again with our kids and they just don’t get it, right? So, why don’t they get it? Well, they’re not really
able to concentrate and retain information as
well because of our food! I know it sounds crazy, and there’s always gonna be
the kids with disabilities and the kids with learning
challenges, I totally get that. There’s some books with autism
about the disconnected child, and in that book they actually
talk about changing the food, and that makes a big impact,
even for kids with autism or on the spectrum with
learning disabilities. So, I think this is
gonna benefit everybody. Maybe not everyone who’s
gonna go to the extreme of excelling in their lesson plans, but they’re gonna see improvement. So, I wanna challenge you
to get this out to parents. I want every parent to watch this in the class that are
selected for this, right? As a teacher, you have to be an advocate. You have to volunteer
and say, “Hey, principal, “I want my class to sign up
for this challenge,” right? Making sure all your parents when you do your classroom
email blasts and communications that they buy into this, that
they accept the challenge for 30 days, that they feed their kids better breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and hopefully dinners too. That would be great, right? So, I wanna challenge you. And then, at the end of the
30 days, we’re gonna compare, and I want the second
grade teachers to compare. The ones that took the challenge, are they further ahead
in their curriculum? Have they enjoyed teaching? Have they noticed that
there’s less outbursts and less behavioral issues
that they have to deal with because of the food
changes that we’ve made? And let’s just say none
of this worked, right? The whole challenge was a bust, one, because parents didn’t
really wanna participate, or two, it doesn’t actually really work. Well, what happened was we fed
our kids better for 30 days. So, really, there’s nothing
that we could lose from, right? We’re not saying we wanna feed the kids the most expensive macadamia nuts, it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can cut up carrot sticks and you could buy those
carrot sticks in bulk. So, I would actually tell
you that a lot of times eating healthy is cheaper,
and I’ll tell you why. Because when you feed
your kids empty calories, they get hungrier sooner
because their bodies are still in need of
potassium and magnesium, so they’re constantly asking
for more and more food. When you feed your kids more whole grains and nuts and protein, they
actually stay fuller longer, so they eat less. So, overall, they’re eating less. So, I would tell you that it’s actually not costing you any more money. And I have a lotta great
recipes and tips below on how to save more money. So, I don’t want this to feel
like you’re being burdened, I want this to feel like
an awesome challenge that you’re ready to take and you think that you’re
gonna do really well with it. So, I challenge you, 30 days, and let’s see if all these things improve.

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