Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Orange Juice
Re: Orange Juice
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 11:14:01 CDT
Cheryl wrote in part:
>Recently, I was in the presence of a teen-aged boy who drank a quart of the
>stuff at breakfast. His beverages throughout the day were OJ and
>Co'Cola. No milk, no water.
It a phase. As a teenager, I went through a half-loaf of bread and a stick
of butter every week, as my "diet" consisted of toasted bread with (real)
butter, orange juice, and coffee with milk and sugar. No water, no milk, no
peanut butter. A "snack" to me would have been spagetti and meat balls with
I am happy to say that I've "grown out" of that, and only consume those
items in somewhat of a moderation now (the bread lasts longer and people can
actually SEE the butter in the 'fridge'; can't say the same for the coffee,
>In non-related conversations, the boy said things that might suggest he
>doesn't drink water because of the potential pollutants and no milk
>because of the potential health risks. However OJ and Co'Cola don't
>seem to me to offer significant improvements in either area.
I am happy when Scouts at least RATIONALIZE why they do some of the things
they do. I attended a parental training course in graduate school, whereby
the instructor suggested that the reason why our children eat sand, have
weird eating habits, and crave strange foods sometimes is because of a
mineral imbalance and their bodies, still growing, needs those minerals for
proper growth and development. Of course, the child is ODing on the foods,
which brings up other problems. She stated that it's okay for children to
have some "cravings", and also added that as in my case, teenagers undergo
this "mineral imbalance" as their bodies are getting ready for adulthood
(made sense to me...I mean, I LOVE buttered toast, but a HALF A LOAF every
other day and I wasn't gaining anything??).
>If this is a common situation with teenage boys, how is it accommodated
>on campouts? And, if it's common but isn't being accommodated, how is
>that impacting the program?
I would have him to bring his own "supply" of juice and colas. I would also
ask him to see a medical professional -- not because he's sick, but possibly
to see if vitamins or supplements would be better off than the potential of
rotting his teeth and the gastric problems by so much cola and juice.
I would follow it up with the Scouts' parents, Cheryl, just in case the teen
feels that you're making fun of him for his strange habit.
This, coming from a man that lives for Spicy-hot V8 juice, coffee, bolonga
and cheese sandwiches with hot mustard, and buttered toast! *laughter*
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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