A friend and 4yr old Pickle were over a few weeks ago and he was happily eating his dinner of some chicken, chips and a few veges thrown in for good measure.
Pickle held up one of the hot chips, “Is this sometimes food?” he asked his mother.
“Yes,” she told him. He picked up a tomato, “And this is everyday food?” he requested confirmation.
I was gobsmacked.
“What the hell was that?” I asked.
My friend explained that he’s been learning about the good old food pyramid at daycare and they talk in terms of sometimes food and everyday food.
My heart literally sang.
I’ve talked a bit about Dr Rick Kausman and his ‘If not dieting, then what?’ book and approach to healthy living. He espouses the concept of ‘sometimes’ foods and ‘everyday’ foods.
I’ve mentioned in the past that my self-talk is well… far-from-good. I talk about myself and food in black and white terms. For me it’s always been about good food and bad food. In terms of my eating I’m good or naughty. I’m eating healthily or I’m eating junk.
Of course how we define these very weighty terms varies from one individual to another (even the far less angst-laden terms healthy and unhealthy). For some cheese on crackers is ‘good’ for others ‘bad’. Having pasta for dinner is considered by some to be some sort of treat or even ‘unhealthy’ while others would believe pasta is really quite healthy.
Which is why I like the notion of sometimes food and everyday food. The words themselves aren’t laden with positive or negative connotations; although I’m sure our definitions still vary. Indeed many may disagree with my assertion that champagne is most certainly an everyday food. 😉
After some extensive research (google) I noted quite a few references to sometimes and everyday food, in terms of lessons for children. And I love that kids are learning about food in such a morally-neutral way. Of course whether that translates to a generation of teens and adults with a healthier and more moderate approach to food and eating is yet to be seen, but surely it’s a start?
How are your kids learning about food, eating and health?
Do you like the sometimes / everyday food approach?
Pics from Rick Kausman’s Empowerment Card series.