Junk News XVI: Sale of junk food to be banned in Ontario schools (with a little extra)

Sale of junk food to be banned in Ontario schools.

I won’t say that this is a good idea…but I won’t say that this is a bad idea either. Ontario has good intentions but banning junk food in the school is not going to just “solve the problem.” That doesn’t mean that banning junk off altogether is the answer either.

What does help is manifold:

  • In banning junk foods, they can sell healthier alternatives, such as fruits and nuts or snacks that cater to a healthier crowd. Children need snacks to keep them going throughout the day. Why not have a fruit/nut/water stand?
  • At the same time, schools MUST reinstate extra-curricular activities, such as gym or even playing a music instrument. We have become a continent so focused on learning and the future that we stopped looking at the present – children need a balance between learning and doing so that they can become well-rounded and successful individuals in the future.
  • At the end of the day, schools are only a part of the sum. Parents much also do what they can to educate their children. This does not mean to tell them to eat right and you do the total opposite. This is one of the times where children are going to have to learn by your example.

Junk Food (and other junk we consume) should be considered a “luxury.” Something that we can indulge in every so often, but it has to be earned. It cannot be a crutch. That doesn’t mean that they can’t have junk food at all. Children need to learn new ways of eating and appreciate health so that if they do eat a candy bar, it’s not going ot affect their overall health. They won’t overindulge and they will be able to cope with exercise and a positive and focused attitude.

In other words, it has to be a holistic and balanced approach.

two healthy junk foods

When I found this blog post, I had to put it in this post. Who better to put their money where their mouth is but me? I doesn’t make sense for me to talk about how much junk food is NOT good for you and not provide those healthier alternatives I was talking about. I’m only now learning to cook for myself (I baked an organic chicken the other day- the first time in years!) and soon I will be able to try this out and make it taste good for me. If you’re a fan of cooking and want to try this out, post a comment letting me know how it went. If you’re already a pro in the kitchen, leave any tips you can – for me and my readers.

Thanks so much for keeping up with me. No matter what happens in life, always keep a positive attitude and get rid of the junk in your life.

Always remember…if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk! (l)

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The Healthy Junk Chronicles: What is to come…

Hey family! :d

I’m on the phone right now with one of my friends. She was one of my first “guinea pigs,” when I first started on my journey as a Holistic Health Counselor. I helped her lose 35lbs. in 4 months. She was obese and I didn’t even start my first day at school yet. She’s telling me about what goes on with her now.

She gained her weight back and some more (for reasons you don’t need to know but couldn’t be avoided) so now she’s back on the goodfoot, taking it slower than before. I helped her lose this weight about 2 years ago. I want her weight loss and health to be in the long-term, this time around.

Her growth has been in her mindset. She has also grown spiritually. Her holistic health has greatly increased, even though she’s still struggling with her physical health. As I talk to her (and type to you), I think back to when she began this process. She was the most stubborn of people to deal with – a black woman from the Bronx, taking care of her sister and her son, with a lot of struggles in life. She was definitely one of “I want it right now” type people who would take any kind of thing, thinking it will help her lose weight and get healthy fast.

Kinda like you, no? (oui)

Well in this post, I’m going to tell you a couple of basics to get you on the good foot to enjoying healthy junk:

  1. Invest
  2. Yes, yes. You’re going to have to “invest” in a number of things to get your healthy junk started off the right way. Even though we are getting some of this good junky junk, we want the end result to be a progression from the real junk to healthy junk to just plain health. =)

    So that means that you’re going to have to invest time, money, resources. This is going to take some planning. No, you never had to plan when you were younger. But now, it’s time to take responsibility by the hand and jump off of the steep cliff of life into the abyss of accountability and integrity. 8-|

    A lot of the things I will ask you to invest in may seem trifling, even silly. But sometimes the simple things are the most important. It’s like hiding the treasure in plain sight. Just roll with it. :D

    If there is something I ask of you that involves money, I’ll do my best to make sure you’re not paying too much. Trust me, I got financial issues myself (that I am taking care of, thank you (y)) so I’m always on the lookout for the lesser of the deeper pockets.

  3. Understanding
  4. You’ll get the knowledge – that’s where this blog comes in – and you’ll (hopefully) gain a little wisdom (that’s up to you). However, understanding of certain things is what I really want you to realize. The plus for me is that I get to do it without having to worry about a copywriter, or being really serious. Just I get silly for my healthy junk and I can’t wait to talk about it!

  5. Patience
  6. Patience is a virtue! Trust and believe.(a)

    If you knew me about 10 years ago, you wouldn’t believe that these words would come out of my mouth. Back then, I prided on having “a little bit of patience and NO tolerance.” I later came to realize that I didn’t have much of either. It wasn’t until I got up to 160lbs. that I knew I couldn’t maintain anything without having patience. That meant that the “fast food mentality” couldn’t cut it like it used to. I had to have a firm resolve. Now, I have and may slip up in my diet and taking care of myself. I don’t beat myself up. I figure out what’s going on with me and do my best to resolve it. If I forget to do some Yoga today, there is always tomorrow. As long as you are mindful of what you need, you can gain access to what you want. The trick is to making sure that what you want is what you need. ;)

I’ll leave it here for now. I’ll start getting to the real good stuff soon. I just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into. I can’t wait for you to start the healthy junk process. What I may offer might surprise you…

If you’re gonna eat junk, it might as well be HEALTHY JUNK.

Welcome to Healthy Junk!

Health Choices

Hello there! :D I am a Holistic Health Counselor that doesn’t cook! LOL I know it’s funny to hear (and even funnier to say) but it’s true. It’s not that I can’t cook, I just don’t have the time. I don’t want to wait an hour for food to cook (unfortunately, even though I no longer eat McDonalds, I still have that “fast food” mentality). When I’m hungry, I needs to eat! Most of my friends and clients tell me that they want to “eat healthy” but it’s either:

  • too expensive
  • too nasty
  • just plain old “HELLS NO!”

The “hells no” part comes in because most people think that there is no healthy alternative to what they eat. I’m here to tell you that there IS! Yes my friends, even though I don’t eat pork there is “organic” pork (aka grassfed and all natural) out there. There is a way to have your favorite food without having to worry about high fructose corn syrup and other “things” out there that will make you cringe once you figure out what it is that you’re putting into your body. This is where HEALTHY JUNK comes in. I’ll let you know the best ways to transitition from regular processed food to healthier food. I’ll give you tips on how to get organic food on the cheap and I’ll also give you the rundown on terms that people always hear but never really know about like “grass fed” and the difference between “natural” and “organic.” One more thing, which is what I’m sure you’ll like the most…I’ll give you the scoop on the best places to get healthy junk and the healthy junk available to you for your mass consumption. Hey, if you’re gonna eat junk food, it might as well be HEALTHY JUNK! ;)

Half an Apple in Takeout Container