Our country has a funny way of promoting health. When a typical American says he is getting healthy, his approach is often to cut "bad" foods or to eat less.
But when we try not to think about something, we usually think about it more. And when we tell ourselves we can't have something, don't we want it more?
Children are especially susceptible to this behavior.
So call me Pollyanna, but I think a more positive approach to getting healthy is to think about the foods you can add to your diet to make it more healthful instead of what to subtract.
There are so many foods that taste delicious and leave us satisfied. Why does getting healthy have to imply restriction and deprivation?
It might sound like spin, but, hey, spin sometimes works.
And believe it or not, as a nation, we are deficient in a slew of important nutrients. It's the paradox: Americans are overfed yet undernourished. And every one of the nutrients in our food plays a vital role in the precise functioning of our body.
When we are deficient, we become susceptible to disease.
Imagine a person whose body is flush with essential nutrients and one whose body is depleted. Most likely the former appears healthier, and maybe even happier.
The same applies to kids. A nutrient-rich kid has more energy, sleeps better, employs an active brain and produces more happy hormones.