It’s Simply Not Fair!

Before I give you the newest weekly meal plan (see bottom of page) I have to let off some steam!

It is imply not fair to pass the buck always to the mums- and maybe dads, no offense- when it comes to making the right choices and decisions.

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This week felt like it was me constantly swimming against the “bad food” current. It started off with a fundraiser at the ballet school for their annual x-mas performance. It’s for a great cause and I think it’s a great idea. But yes, in front of the studio between ballet classes were the omnipresent sugar laden, processed cupcakes and other sweets and, of course, a plant- based person’s nightmare: a sausage sizzle (at least, I spotted some whole wheat buns!). No vegetables, no meat free option…

I just don’t get it. We are all happy that our kids are engaged in physical activity but at the same time they are being fed the most NON nutritious diet?! If we want them to be fit and healthy, why not feed them healthy food?

Next, Viv and Ben started group tennis lessons and we absolutely love the tennis club. Everybody is super nice and fun. But again, when you walk into the reception area, you’ll find a vast assembly of processed foods like candy, soft drinks, ice cream, chips and so on. After their lesson, the kids are allowed to choose a candy…ARGHHH– Why?? Again, I don’t get it – see previous paragraph.

And above all, the next day I find out that the third graders (our son Ben included) secretly sneak over to the cafeteria to buy…of course, candy! Who would think that a school cafeteria offers candy to the kids? It makes them hyper, sneaky (because they know that they are not even supposed to buy stuff at the cafeteria in 3rd grade) and sick (in the long run).

Don’t we want them to be at their best at school?

Plus, the school’s swimming club event every other week is accompanied by yet another sausage sizzle…go figure!

So I said to myself “stop complaining and whining” and here is what I plan on doing:

  • ballet: I will donate vegetarian sausages to throw on the grill and will bake plant- based cupcakes,
  • tennis: the kids and I have come to an agreement: they can choose one so called “crap- item” every third week, which is a compromise everybody is happy with (I am semi- happy)
  • school: I explained to our son that he is old enough to make simple health related decisions by himself and how to deal with peer pressure. Plus, I will write an email to the head of school regarding the fact that they should offer more healthy choices at school.

Once more Dr Robert Lustig on sugar:

Last but not least the newest weekly meal plan with the shopping list.

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Cheers,

Ursula

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3 comments

  • Katherine October 25, 2014  

    Hey Ursula. Enjoyed reading this post and I could not agree more. We are meat based eater, but we always say no-thanks to sausages, simply because they are too salty for little ones — except few times that I felt faint from hunger, and thankfully my kids are not so fond of sizzling sausages anyway. (Hooray)

    I met a chef friend from Hattie’s kindy and told me about an interesting bakery he loves — the baker who is against to yeast and only kneed the dough by hand which of course is the traditional way and is the only way to go. It’s called Burleigh Bakery, on James St. Burleigh
    http://www.burleighbaker.com

    x Katherine

    • ursulahienz October 28, 2014  

      Hi Katherine,
      Funny that you mention the bakery in Burleigh.. we are friends with the owners and buy our bread there every Saturday. Their coffee is equally delicious! I will actually write about them in one of my next posts!
      Hope to c u soon,
      xoxo Ursula

      • Katherine November 4, 2014  

        Oh what a coincidence! We do have some unknown mutual friends. It is a small world after all, especially where we are. xox