New USDA Guidelines
As mothers we wear so many hats. One of them, "Nutrition Specialist." We are in charge of what our kids put in their mouths and if it is good for them.
In our home we follow The Word of Wisdom. As well as the guidelines set by the USDA. We follow a diet of "moderation."
Recently the USDA has acknowledged the huge concern that people have about the health of the American population. They have released new data in an attempt to improve the health of the American people.
Among the changes....
Reduce your daily sodium. (even more)
Sodium intake should be less than 2,300 milligrams. African Americans, or those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, or kidney disease should reduce intake to 1,500 milligrams. That is about 1/2 tsp. of salt.
*I know that too much salt is bad, but 1/2 to 1 tsp of salt a day seems really hard to observe.
Eat more fish.
Consume 8 to 12 ounces of seafood per week from a variety of seafood types. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should eat seafood at least twice a week for nutrients that play an important role in babies' brain and eye development.
*I was really happy about this one. Especially now that doctors don't prohibit fish when your pregnant. When I was pregnant with our son, over 8 years ago, the recommendation was no fish, none at all. For 9 months I didn't touch any seafood. Not even one bite. Talk about will power. It is refreshing to know that is no longer the recommendation.
Increase physical activity.
Children ages 6-17 should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Adults ages 18-64 should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.
*All the more reason that we need to keep P.E. in schools and moderate T.V., video game, and computer usage. It is increasingly important for our kids to "get out and play."
What do you think...
There has been a lot of backlash with these new guidelines. Especially from mothers who want "Specific Foods" not only mentioned in the guidelines, but banned.
It seems to me that regardless of the guidelines, I am still the parent and I make the decisions. It doesn't matter what the USDA recommends it is still my job to do what is best for our family and for our kids. Guidelines or not. If they banned Happy Meals, I would still have the choice to let my kids eat them. Just like I have the choice now.
The confusion for me comes more with the school systems. I am not totally "fluent" on school funding, but if the USDA is talking about more and more physical activity, you would think the government would fight harder to save P.E., not cut it.
Do you care about the USDA guidelines?
How strict are you with the food your children eat?
Do you think the government should have a say in what we eat?
On our agenda tomorrow, the kids and I are going to make sugar cookies. Pretty sure I am not going to leave the salt out. They just wouldn't taste the same.