Children’s Nutrition: Fun, Imagination & Morals — Spotlight on Louise Elliott
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients” — Julia Child
One highlight of launching my first virtual summit was the chance to meet and interview outstanding people like Louise Elliott from Australia. Louise and I met through one of the other speakers, Delia McCabe. Delia thought Louise would be a great addition to the summit lineup. Louise provides insight and ideas into how to reach children through an engaging and entertaining message that teaches lifelong healthy habits.
Louise Elliott is author of two health books and creator of ‘The Amazing Army’ school nutrition program. Her mission is to develop healthy habits early, at a child’s blueprint age. Louise’s entertaining program inspires children to actually want to eat fruits and vegetables. And, every teacher knows that good nutrition improves students’ learning, behaviour, immunity and development.
In her work as a qualified nutritionist, many years ago Louise stumbled on a formula to reach children about nutrition. Her approach is using entertainment to deliver her message about healthy eating. Louise discovered that children learn through fun, imagination and morals.
Impact of Healthy Eating
Louise identified a dilemma that she calls the western health dilemma of junk food diets. This style of eating is detrimental to children’s health and has an impact on their success in school. In working with all ages, she determined that the way to overcome the junk food dilemma is to focus on the blueprint years, ages 4–8. This age group of children are little sponges and they are absorbing everything around them.
The Amazing Army nutrition program
In the Amazing Army nutrition program, there are bad bugs which represent diseases, bacteria, viruses. And here is Captain Immunity, making major energy. His power comes from colorful fruit and vegetables, and each color of the fruit and vegetables gives the amazing army a certain power, a fuel to fight the bad bugs. Red makes the amazing army fast and green makes them strong and yellow gives them supervision. So that is a representation in a child’s mind of color in fruits and vegetables powering up or energizing or refueling the immune system in their body
Fresh vs processed food
One tip is to teach parents and children to skirt the outsides of supermarkets. That’s where the food is as close to nature as possible. When you have packaged food, there’s such a disconnect between the food and where it’s come from. It is so altered from nature, our taste buds are just trying to interpret them. Children’s taste buds are so much more sensitive, especially to sweet foods. And the hit they get from that sweet food has a dramatic and negative long term addictive affect. This hit is much quicker in children. Teaching children to shop around the outskirts of the supermarket to connect them to natural foods and stay away from the processed food in the middle of the supermarket.
Louise shared an article that shows through cooking, children learn math, reading and better nutrition.
I learned so much about the importance and impact of eating as close to nature and how children deserve an opportunity to learn these habits early so they have the optimum benefit and impact during the all important blueprint years.
To hear the rest of the interview with Louise, join us for the second Learning For Life Virtual Summit, March 31st and April 1st. Please take a moment to click this link to sign up for your FREE ticket to the Learning For Life Summit. Can’t wait to see you there!
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
― Frederick Douglass
The joy is in the journey!
Blessings and Peace,