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How to Cut Processed Foods from Your Kid’s Diet

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Experts say the more processed foods you eat and the longer you eat them can lead to inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and a host of health conditions in the future.
Air Date: 10/29/19
Duration: 20:18
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN & Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Julie Revelant
Julie Revelant is a health journalist, content marketing writer, copywriter and founder of JulieRevelant.com, where she teaches parents how to raise healthy kids who crave healthy foods.

Julie has written hundreds of stories for print and digital outlets including FIRST for Women magazine, Woman’s World magazine, Esperanza magazine, EverydayHealth.com, Reader’s Digest (digital), WhatToExpect.com, theBump.com, and Babble.com.

For nearly six years, Julie wrote Healthy Mama, a column for FoxNews.com where she covered pregnancy, postpartum, maternal and children’s health and nutrition.

Julie lives in Bethel, CT, with her husband and two daughters.
How to Cut Processed Foods from Your Kid’s Diet
Processed foods are those that have been altered in some way.

This category can include food that has been cooked, canned, frozen, packaged. Or, it can be food that’s been fortified, preserved, or prepared. 

Minimally processed foods can make our lives more convenient, such as washed and pre-chopped fruits and vegetables or bagged salads.

Highly processed foods are the types, however, that should be avoided. There are foods that have sweeteners, oils, flavors, colors and preservatives to improve safety, taste and appeal, like boxed potatoes, jarred tomato sauce, and cake mix. Ready-to-eat foods like cereal, flavored oatmeal, crackers, yogurt, granola bars, cookies, rotisserie chicken, lunch meats, hot dogs, sausage, and cheese spreads fall into the category of highly-processed foods, as well as those that that are packaged like frozen meals and frozen pizzas.

Experts say the more processed foods you eat and the longer you eat them can lead to inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and a host of health conditions in the future.

To help remove these foods from your children's diet and your own, health journalist Julie Relevant suggests the following: 

  • Take stock of what your family eats and have a plan that includes goals.
  • Purge your pantry (this will be a gradual process)
  • Make healthy substitutions and find better versions of your kid’s favorite foods
  • Re-think what you pack for school lunch
  • Swap processed snacks for whole foods including fruits and vegetables and nuts/seeds
  • Don’t forget sugary drinks: swap in water, or water infused with cucumbers or strawberries
  • Eliminate all white, refined carbohydrates
  • Shop and cook with your kids—make it fun! We must empowering kids to make healthy choices.
  • Stay consistent and be patient.
Listen as Julie joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss the harms processed foods can do to the human body, as well as how to get them out of your life.
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