Do you ever scroll through your newsfeed and question why and HOW SO MANY people have allergies? Have you ever been one to roll your eyes at all of the moms who restrict foods from their kids because of “allergies”?
Do you ever cry when you see GoFundMe accounts begging for donations for family’s who have fallen victim to one of their children being diagnosed with CANCER?
Do you remember this being the “norm” when you were growing up?
Do you ever remember going to the doctor when you were a kid and getting multiple vaccinations at once?
Do you remember there being children in your class growing up that had to sit at a special “allergy” table in the lunch room?
Do you remember your mom hearing about the neighbor down the street whose kid got chickenpox so she made you go and hang out with that kid, on purpose?
Do you remember going to the doctor with the flu – only for them to send you home with a prescription of some honey and tea and tell you to drink fluids?
Do you ever wonder WHY things changed? How we got here? WHY are so many people sick?
If you do – do you also make fun of people who try to eat healthy? People who try to recycle? Do you discredit mothers who mindfully attempt to feed their children as healthy as possible? Do you mock them and make excuses that you’re just “too busy” to try to do “all that”?
The truth is, our food changed. It’s not grown anymore, it is manufactured. Some people have done the research and learned that – and changed their ways. And it’s hard to do that. And you should give them a pat on the back!
The REASON that mothers all around the globe are feeding their children healthier than others is because they don’t WANT to be the one begging for donations on a GoFundMe page so they can afford chemo treatments. They don’t WANT to be on their death bed when they’re 35 years old with 3 small children at home watching them die – if they can at all help it!
If you ask any person under 50 years old that is dying – and they knew that some lifestyle choice that they had – made them have cancer – I GUARANTEE you, they would take it all back.
And sure, we mustn’t live our life in fear. We’re all going to die someday…I know.
But the thought of my CHILDREN getting extremely sick because I refuse to even TRY to do things a LITTLE BIT healthier than the way I grew up in the 90s because it’s too HARD….I can’t stomach it. And second to that is something happening to ME because I choose not to take care of my body within reason. Not to mention how big of a total and complete BITCH I am when I’m not healthy and not confident…
I spent the first 4 years of parenthood in a doctor’s office with my daughter, almost monthly. You’d have thought she had an auto-immune disease. I was demanding answers and was convinced she had an underlying sickness.
Medication after medication, co-pay after co-pay….and all I had was a chronically sick child.
One day, I started attending a chiropractor in my hometown (Shoutout Dr. Judd) and I had two snotty, sick children every time I went in that office. He offered to adjust my kids – “what? like crack their back like you do mine???”
He told me that he had been adjusting his baby since birth…
He told me that adjustments could help with a lot of my children’s issues (ear infections, digestion issues, sleeplessness). Okay, Mr. Hippie chiropractor – I’ll let you do your voodoo magic on my kids – I haven’t got anything else to lose at this point.
My kids started getting better…and I started to believe in the whole “crunchy” lifestyle being the better alternative. But I secretly still thought he and his wife were batshitcrazy.
I began sharing the stories of how my children’s ear infections were finally eradicated. Not because of multiple surgeries that they had endured…but because chiropractic care. Because of Dr. Judd.
Once I saw how increasingly better my daughter’s quality of life was…I wanted more. What else? What else have I been convinced by modern medicine is the BEST way to mend ailments unavoidable by childhood? (Thank you to the Judd’s! I am forever grateful.)
I went so deep down the rabbit hole…I started making my own cleaning products (cheaper and less toxins), I made the kids’ body wash, wearing aluminum free deodorant, stopped cleaning everything with bleach, started getting rid of the cereal, the cereal bars, the chips, the juices, and over the course of a couple of years…we hadn’t seen a doctor’s office except for checkups.
We are being fooled to think we have to have medical intervention for everything. Convenient snacks are so enticing. We can’t even pronounce the ingredients in the “food” we feed our kids…but we’d never in a million years think that something that caused cancer would be allowed in the foods we eat. It’s “minimal” they say. Well, when you take “minimal” from each product and box of food you’re using and total that all up – it’s no longer minimal.
I used to poke fun at people like me. I did. But you know what happened? I started noticing that their children were hardly sick…and when they were, they were better much faster. Their kids willingly ate healthy. And they still get to have brownies and balance of unhealthy food…
Then, I became on the fast track to “Crunchy”. I am. I will be. I feel proud. I feel more informed. I feel like I have options. I feel like my children are thriving more. I feel like I’m the parent and no longer a victim of industrialization (as much as before).
We still have these old snacks and treats. Sometimes modern medicine is better. It has its place.
But if you fuel your family with food that your body actually RECOGNIZES, then it’ll know where to funnel what nutrient to keep your bodies optimally functioning.
WHAT A CONCEPT, HUH?
I don’t claim to be some educated health guru. I just can speak from personal experience that going from a pantry full of Lucky Charms, Goldfish, Doritos, Cheetos, Little Debbies, and White Bread….to Oatmeal, Quinoa, Nuts, Dried Fruits, and a fridge full of fruit and vegetables…that life got BETTER, and less expensive that all those co-pays and prescriptions!
I’ve got no control over what eventually kills me…or my children…but I’m going to try my ass off to make as many proactive decisions as I can…without going insane. But one thing is for certain….eating unhealthy every single day is the fast track to health problems. Creating healthy habits when your kids are small are a hell of a lot better for them than when they’re 30, overweight, miserable, and NO CLUE how to eat healthy or what even IS healthy.
So the next time you wonder “how did we get here?”….go ask one of those moms you’re poking fun at 😉 she can’t WAIT to talk to you about it!