Those who follow Parenting Energies, know how I feel about parents taking the time to learn about why we need to eat fresh food that grows in front of our eyes. I teach how important it is for parents to teach their children that it’s simple to grow and eat real food and that it’s easy to decipher the difference between REAL FOOD and FOOD-LIKE PRODUCTS (or FAKE FOODS) - and to even turn this deciphering into a fun game with children.
Like many parents, I experienced a very common detachment from the food-growing process in my childhood, teen and early-adult years (sure, I played a part in a home vegetable garden, egg collecting and mulberry picking). Like many young adults, I was trained to buy food from the supermarket… the fancy packaging and cheaper prices equaled better buys.
It took for my stunning 6yo Rhodesian Ridgeback to pass away from a poisoning in the blood, ‘perhaps cancer’, whereby her liver and kidneys failed and she collapsed before my eyes, for me to discover through my own research and enquiry that what we put into our bodies MAKES A DIFFERENCE. My research moved past the ideal dog’s diet (which I learned is NOT dog biscuits!) and what I would always do to ensure optimal health in my pets, to the food I was putting into my own body and my children’s bodies.
I learned about the problems with pre-prepared foods that had traveled thousands of klm’s and been packaged with additives, or had been treated with heat and refined so heavily that all the nutritious content was gone – and some of the ingredients had even turned toxic! Common foods that we ate very day – starting with cooking oils, through to table spreads, to sauces, to milks, and meats. I threw out many items in my pantry without a care to the cost. That food no longer had a place in our life.
I also learned about the problem with our society’s over-consumption of, and addiction to, the commodity sugar. I studied and reported on my experience overcoming sugar-addiction, and the results within our family in advancing on to real sweet foods (aka, fruit) that have amazing benefits – for our body’s health as well as our mental health.
I have witnessed the complete and devastating unawareness of many influential people in society (teachers, doctors, specialists, parents), as they, without malicious intent and as a result of their own training and upbringings, support our children in their assumption that our bodies can tolerate eating ANYTHING.
In so many ways, our society supports us in eating recklessly. For many, it doesn’t matter what goes in the body so long as the stomach ends up full and our craving for ‘sweet’ is satisfied. If it’s on the shelf at the shops, it must be alright. (And for shop-keepers: if the customer wants it, it must be supplied).
This is a society that teaches our children that healthy food is gourmet and expensive. That cheaper, colourful food made with sugar and paint is a ‘special treat’. That food comes out of packets. That cakes, chips and biscuits are more fun and tasty than fruit and vegetables and are OK to have as ‘sometimes foods’ for special occasions (worse still, for a bribe to work). A society that has completely forgotten that the word JUNK FOOD or TRASH was created for these fake-foods because they are quite literally not food and would be better put INTO THE BIN. And a society that has failed to teach our children that our bodies are not rubbish bins! Our bodies are the most important houses we will ever live in. Our bodies are the only house that will ever matter.
From a parent’s perspective, I’ve learned, and I continue to study, that our bodies are designed to eat fresh natural foods to function optimally for a positive, happy and enjoyable life – fruit and vegetables, honey, sea vegetables, etc. I’ve learned clever ways to increase our children’s passion for eating healthy real foods and for teaching them to say “NO” to fake food because we care about US.
And now, I’m so thrilled to share that I have published a fabulous, quality children’s book, after all these years of study and strategic testing of how to communicate to children that Real food is Wonder-Full.
I love the messages I have so passionately written in this book. I have never felt more passionate about anything in my life. Every word was carefully written, re-written, pondered over, to pass on to our most loved, treasured gifts, that the environment LOVES THEM and PROVIDES THEM the food their body is DESIGNED TO EAT. This illustrated Children’s Story, which is all about the growing process and the magic of real food, imparts a message of ‘giving thanks for our food’ to instil positive thoughts and beliefs in our children. It takes our children on an adventure through the garden to see the magic and wonder of real food growing. It teaches them that we need to care for our environment and appreciate the process, as it is what will support us in our long and happy lives.
Dusty’s Wonder Bug is a 40-page illustrated large-format book in print, with an audio CD in the back cover that features me reading the story and playing the piano. The audio CD runs for 15 minutes and is a peaceful rest-time melody, which often puts my children to sleep as we drive in the car or cuddle in bed.
When it came to the printing of this book, my husband and I decided to bypass printing off-shore in China with a cheaper rate, and instead support local workers and receive an exceptional Australian-first-class product. The biggest concern for me was the process of producing the book and ensuring the paper was sourced using Australian forestry-approved standards. We ensured that we had the Australian Forestry Approved guarantee. Rather than outsource the task of Illustrating to cheap and competitive websites off-shore, I proudly recruited an Australian friend and former colleague for the best-quality illustrations I could get. Bryn Rayfield, as you will see in this book, has created sensational pictures that are being adored, right now, by a dozen children who already have their copy. Bryn Rayfield has made this wonder-full dream a reality and I will be grateful to him forever.
Please click the link below to be re-directed to the Kinder Energies website where you can watch a youtube trailer of the book (get a glimpse inside), and order your copy.