November-December 2012

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Improving Children’s Health Through Diet

My husband and I have five children. At the beginning of this past summer, we were struck by how much weight our middle child (age 8) had put on. We didn’t make a big deal about it to him, but since he was already struggling with asthma we knew we needed to make dietary changes. I was intimidated by the thought of revamping our eating habits and had no idea where to start, all the while feeling guilt every time he or the others ate another cookie or dish of ice cream.

We watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives” and decided that it was time. We cut out meat, eggs and dairy, and within two weeks saw a drastic difference in our son’s (and his older sister’s) eczema. Without our having said a word to him about it, our middle child told me that he weighs five pounds less than he used to—that’s like 20 pounds on an adult. Our children are learning to love new, healthy foods!

I do my best to encourage other parents to make dietary changes in order to get or keep their families healthy. We are so glad we took the plunge, and we all feel much better. We don’t need to be slaves to the food industry anymore! Parents can take charge of their family’s health and be confident that they’re doing the right thing, even if it’s not always the most popular or easy thing to do.

Shelby Birdwell
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Congratulations to you, and a note to our other readers: the documentary “Forks Over Knives” (www.forksoverknives.com) explores the idea that eating a diet based on whole plant foods, including whole grains, can stem our country’s epidemic of obesity—and degenerative disorders related to it, such as diabetes, heart disease and several forms of cancer.


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