Something has hit me. Hard. We have been fighting a cold/runny nose/cough for almost a month now. All of us- even sweet baby girl. I know this has been a bad cold season for everyone all over the country, but COME ON!? We should be better by now. Our immune systems should be better than this. We are young, fit, living in middle class America, and “healthy”. So why are we getting so sick?
My mama bear instincts have kicked in full force. I will do everything in my power right now to make my family and myself better. After doing a lot of reading and thinking, I am seeing more and more how our diet and lifestyle are holding us back from optimal health. The food we are eating has just been making us weaker. And who knows what all the “junk” has done to our bodies long term. My babies deserve the absolute BEST I can give them. They trust me to feed them what their bodies are designed to eat and thrive on. I have been failing them.
And what about our lifestyle? So what if it is a little cold outside? Why have we been spending the majority of our day inside and sedentary? We are so blessed to live in the south and have mild winters, yet I don’t take advantage of them. I’m too lazy to get dressed and get the kids and myself fresh air and sunshine. This is COMMON SENSE!!
We are radically changing our diet and lifestyle starting NOW. We are switching to a real-food, grain free diet. I spent the weekend making meal plans, researching, and most importantly throwing away all the JUNK! What’s funny is I don’t even buy “junk food” except for a box of cookies or graham crackers. But, there were things hidden: leftover Christmas candy, syrup, frozen waffles, “fruit” chewies, salad dressing, cake mix. Anything with sugar, flour, or weird science ingredients are OUT. Yes, it’s radical. But if we keep letting things slide, then I blink and realize all Jonah has consumed in a day is a peanut butter waffle, chicken nuggets, a peanut butter sandwich, some applesauce, a banana, and two cups of milk. Ack! No wonder this child is still sick.
We will be greatly increasing our fresh fruits and veggies. We will be cooking A LOT. We will be trying new foods. We will also be playing outside a lot more, increasing our Vitamin D intake, and getting some much needed exercise.
We will be doing this as a family. I hope to learn a lot as we go.
My prayer is that this radical change will radically improve our health. I’m tired of coughing and having a runny nose EVERYDAY. I’m tired of being tired. We should be living better and in the most healthy way possible. We owe it to ourselves and to the God who created us. If you are interested in these ideas, google any of the following: primal diet, paleo diet, real food.