In Summary

Our greatest undoing of all time is our quest and love for convenience. And we all fall victim to this. Who wants to cook when you can walk into one of the huge restaurants and walk away with a bucket of ready to eat chicken? Who wants to go through the process of making fresh passion fruit juice coupled with squeezing oranges when one can pick up a pack of juice from the supermarket?

I attended a ceremony recently and a number of things struck me. I saw a little boy, 4 or so years. He was walking slowly and clumsily with a fully-fledged potbelly like an old man. And then I noticed, he wasn’t the only one; almost all the boys around were heavily overweight.
This broke my heart. When did the typical Ugandan child become this obese?

When my children were babies there was a popular brand of baby milk formula. It had a strong metallic smell for me, it was thick and every parent in the well-to-do circles used it as infant food. For some reason it didn’t resonant with me and I recall many of the children on it were significantly big.
I hated that formula and it didn’t help matters that it was significantly pricey.

Studying about baby formula said something different. The best baby food in the world is the mother’s breastmilk. God made it with just the exact nutrients a child needs. Baby Formula is a great substitute especially when the mother is challenged but it doesn’t come close to breastmilk and yet breastmilk is free!

Our greatest undoing of all time is our quest and love for convenience. And we all fall victim to this. Who wants to cook when you can walk into one of the huge restaurants and walk away with a bucket of ready to eat chicken? Who wants to go through the process of making fresh passion fruit juice coupled with squeezing oranges when one can pick up a pack of juice from the supermarket?

So one picks up a container of convenience but along with it carries home a bottle of chemicals, preservatives, artificial sugars and colours with no nutrition. The only way the body can handle it is to change it into fat stored in a young child’s body at the humble price of convenience.

When did your child last eat a real banana not the flavoured one served in an artificial drink claiming to be yoghurt? The child feeds on artificial foods which don’t nourish them and leave them empty and full of cravings which lead them into eating more empty calories and this leaves them with little or no immunity which leaves them acceptable to one infection into another and then embarking on a whole tribe of antibiotics which kill the good and bad bacteria in a child’s body and one cycle gets into another depleting the child even more.

It’s a world in which we over feed and yet we are grossly under nourished, what irony.

I’m planning on a session to teach us how to eat in a way that benefits the body. Time to stop the madness.

-jmabola@yahoo.com