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March 24, 2010


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ask a doctor

It's about time that they do that..

Monday Never Comes / Joseph Dunphy

Speaking as somebody who actually does live in Chicago:

Our children do, indeed, deserve better. But are they going to get it? Those lunches have long been known to be incredibly light in protein, and unless I've missed something, the CPS hasn't addressed that. If the kids are being asked to get by on salad and fruit, with maybe a granola bar on the side, they're going to be really weak and hungry, and that's going to be a problem for everybody.

Typical CPS lunch dish in the past: two slices of wonderbread, soaked in grease, with a light sprinkling of hamburger crumbs between the slices. Maybe an ounce of meat, probably less - it's really more garnish than entree. No sources of vegetable protein offered, because the lunch ladies don't even know what that is. The cheese on those nachos, when the nachos were being offered, might very well have been the vast bulk of the day's protein for the kids.

In the specific context of the Chicago Public school system, this cure might very well be worse than the disease.

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My typical breakfast

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    There is no right way to finding the balance of food, just your way. My typical breakfast is whole wheat spaghetti with homemade sauce, sautéed mushrooms, and a naturally low-fat Italian cheese sprinkled on top. Works for me.


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