A Journey Toward Better Health

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I am a mom on a journey. Some people might call me, a “mom on a mission,” but that sounds a bit too unwavering and ambitious for me. No, I’m a mom on a journey toward improved nutrition and better health for my family. If I were a “mom on a mission” maybe my 4-year-old son would not look at his plate and say, “I don’t like zucchini” or “I don’t eat tomatoes.” Maybe half my family’s dinner plates would be filled with fruits, veggies, and whole grains as is recommended by the USDA’s 2011 Dietary Guidelines. But a journey it is, and we’re on our way.

I’m already considered “one of those moms” by most who know me. You know the mom: she brings Cuties tangerines when assigned snack duty, scrutinizes the items at the grocery store looking for high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, and presses her lips firmly together when the goody bags filled with candy are handed out at birthday parties. I may not be a “Pure Mom” as defined by Dr. William Sears (check out his book, “Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood”) as “those who never let a morsel of junk food pollute their children’s growing bodies,” but I am a mom on a journey, away from junk food and toward whole food.

This all began when I had kids. Before that, I ate “healthy.” Meaning, if the box said “healthy,” I ate what was in it. But the problem was that I was eating out of boxes. The desire to keep my children healthy and thriving, made me pay attention to what healthy eating really was, and it doesn’t have anything to do with boxes. Healthy food comes from the earth.

I’m learning so much and doing my best to implement what I learn and teach it to others where ever and whenever I can. I’m finding that there are others in this community that are on their own journeys, and want to share what they are learning with others. On Wednesday, May 18 (10:15 to 11:15 a.m.), I’m teaming up with Koukla Kids for a discussion on wellness. We’ll talk about the connection between nutrition and chronic disease and ways to support a healthy immune system. I’ll offer guidance on how to read food labels and help you identify the ingredients that should be avoided. I’ll share easy ways to add more whole foods to your family’s diet. I hope you will join me for one or both of these events, and bring those that you know could benefit from better nutrition. If you can’t make it, I can come to you! I’ve given presentations to major corporations, mommies clubs, Bible study groups, and groups of friends and families gathered together in living rooms.

Dr. David Katz, founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center (check out his free DVD, “Nutrition Detectives”), has predicted that this generation of children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This is due to the epidemic of obesity, which puts a body at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. This is NOT acceptable to me. This is NOT the future that I see for my children and their friends. Children who eat healthy are more likely to BE healthy. I want a healthy future for our children. I want to inspire other families to start on their own health journey.

I know some of you are further along on your journey than I, and I look forward to learning from you. I know that some of you might be afraid to take that first step on your journey, and I’m here to hold your hand while you take it. I want to build a community of healthy families. I want us to be able to support and nurture each other on our personal journeys of better nutrition and improved health.

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