School Lunch, A Reason to Homeschool?

School Lunch, A Reason to Homeschool?Of all the reasons my husband and I homeschool our children, lunch just isn’t one of them. I never stop to think I am saving my kids from cafeteria food or unhealthy additives; I simply want to be around my kids. Due to the implementation of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, I might have another reason to be thankful we homeschool.

“There has been a lot of fuss over school lunches recently. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has been implemented, with a goal of providing healthier meals for students. Portions have been reduced, and age-based calorie restrictions cap out at 850 calories. Apparently a lot of students don’t like some of the new options and are tossing portions of their lunch in the trash-prompting at least one Florida school district to consider installing “trash cams” to study wasted food. There is also concern that active students – such as athletes – aren’t getting enough calories to sustain their activity level. 

Kari Beetch, a food server at a Kansas school, is quoted by The Salina Journal noting that they have to serve what they’re told to serve, ‘But the amount of food served should be based on the individual. Every kid needs different calories. You have one kid who’s muscular and athletic and another who’s a small, skinny kid and feed them the same calories. You can’t compare them.’

Perhaps it was predictable that a system built on a one-size-fits-all model for education would eventually implement a similar approach for lunch. And that’s yet another good reason for homeschooling. Not only can you individualize the academics, you can give your children a diet that works for them.”

*(Taken from Home School Enrichment, Issue #61 Jan/Feb 2013)

This is just one more reason I am thankful my children are at home. I don’t have to worry they are eating too much or too little, if they are getting enough calories, or if they like what they are being served.

It does make me wonder though… Exactly how far will the government go to usurp the responsibilities of the parents? Why aren’t parents rising up in protest of these policies? When will parents finally start taking back their responsibilities and stop letting someone else raise their children?

The school’s job isn’t to teach the children morality, it isn’t to make sure they eat healthy and exercise, it isn’t to socialize. The purpose of public education was to make sure every child had an opportunity to learn. Just how far will the people of America abdicate their rights, until they no longer have them?

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
~ I Corinthians 10:31

Your Turn!: What is your favorite go-to lunch during the midst of a busy homeschool day?

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You Are What You Eat

When I was in high school, thinking that I was on “college track”, I would start school at 6:30a.m. every morning and finish around 3p.m. I wasn’t huge on eating at 6 in the morning, was too rushed to bother with packing lunches, and since I come from a single parent home (with practically no child support), I didn’t get money for lunches and snacks. So, needless to say, I didn’t eat a lot.

When I could scrape together some cash or when I finally started working, you’d think I would be better off right? Nope; foolish mortal that I am, I would swing by the school kitchen and grab a donut after zero period. For lunch, I would eat a Snickers and a Coke. If I really wanted to treat myself, I would have a fresh cinnamon roll and oj from the snack bar. If I wanted to be good to myself, I would grab a Taco Snack. (To this day I really have no idea what it was. Probably ground dog meat with nacho cheese but man they were good!)

A year or so after graduating high school, I got married and a year after that, had a baby. You’d think that being a wife and mommy I would eat better. Unfortunately, this is not so. I did eat healthier, but just not enough food.

Let me be clear, I am not anorexic. Food just doesn’t interest me. I eat when I get hungry; I just don’t get hungry often. When I was pregnant, I actually had some days when I had to force myself to eat. The idea of eating actually made me sick to my stomach.

Jump to now… Four kids and 12 years into my marriage, I start feeling a little “down”. Getting out of bed sometimes seems a chore, at times I get dizzy just from standing up, and occasionally my hormones just seem wacky. After a month or so of letting it go, I finally decide it is time to get it checked out. Surprise, surprise! I find out that I am severely anemic and severely Vitamin D deficient. Who would have guessed, right?!

Years of poor choices and lack of enough food, have brought my body to a state of practical shock. It seemed that I had a choice to make, I could keep ignoring my body’s needs or I could get my act together and eat better. So I made the wise choice and started to research.

I now have a list of foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C, and D. I also have a list of foods high in Iron. The Vitamin D and Iron are a must, but the A and C will help my body to absorb the others more efficiently. Now, while I still don’t get hungry often and I still don’t eat a lot, when I do eat I am eating very healthy. I also take an iron pill and a Vitamin D, just to help supplement. The goal is to be able to get it all naturally without the pills, but for now this will have to do.

What about my kids and my husband, you say? Are they having the same problem? No! They have very healthy appetities and I have always made sure they follow the food pyramid. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t following my own advice and rules.

I can no longer afford to make those foolish choices. If I am what I eat, I guess it is time I was a little healthier and a lot more filling.