There are times where I will pick up a pizza from the store and bring it home for dinner. It's a boxed conglomeration of preservatives, non-organic ingredients, and I choke it down. My children will cheer with excitement to have something other than a home-prepared meal.
And all things in moderation . . .
Except that foods like the deli pizza leave me feeling miserable. I'm tired, grumpy, and suffer a near-instant headache. I know that food is not good for me and it isn't good for my children. So why do I purchase foods like that?
I have two children and with two children comes another adult-figure who follows the beat to his own drum. Prior to meeting me, that drum was 40 pounds heavier and included a slew of fast food meals. In the course of our relationship and marriage, much of those ways have diminished - for the better. On occasion, however, he still has a hankering for a grease bomb and that hankering typically leads to children inquiring about which toy they will receive with bright, excited eyes.
I sigh and know that the fight is lost before I can utter a word otherwise.
But it is a fight, not the battle.
All those years ago, I made subtle changes to our diet and incorporated fresh fruits, vegetables, and homemade treats that tasted better than anything purchased in a store and had greater nutritional value. As time went on, there was less meat, fewer processed drinks, and even scarcer were snacks that held no benefit to the body whatsoever. Our lives were on the right track to a healthy, balanced diet that fueled every cell in our bodies . . .
Then my oldest son started school.
While he carried with him the understanding that some foods were much better for his body than others, he loved the days when sugary treats were passed around and many excitotoxins left his mind running in many directions. He would come bouncing through the door to share his excitement and joy day after day after day.
Those foods, the highly processed, sugary beasts, did something else to my son. They disrupted his digestive system and issues began to appear. After a few different appointments with doctors, he was prescribed medication to bring back balance to that system in his body. I knew what the medication would do as a temporary fix to a dietary problem and opted to use the summer to reset his body naturally.
And I have.
School started back up a few weeks ago. My son came bouncing through the door after his first day and shared the excitement of treats his class received: Goldfish crackers, potato chips, and candy.
On the second day of school, my son came home to share his excitement of receiving ice cream and cupcakes.
On the third day of school, my son came home to share his excitement of receiving cookies, suckers, and more goldfish crackers.
And that concluded his first week of school.
By the weekend, the early signs of digestion issues were rearing their ugly head. We had worked so diligently all summer long to detox his body and in three days at school, his body was screaming out. Filling his lunchbox with organic fruits and vegetables was not enough to carry his body through with the added junk being pumped into it.
So I did what any parent should do.
I ranted - to anyone who would listen. By the end of my son's second week in school, he had consumed everything from cake and cookies to graham crackers and candy. His digestive system was becoming worse with each passing day. He and I spoke about the problem with those foods and why they were so bad for his body. He wanted to know what he could do for snack time at school instead. I offered to send fresh fruit and vegetables to carry him through if his teacher would agree.
Reluctantly, she did.
The quality of food our bodies receive reflects in the health we each maintain. All things in moderation seems like a great approach, but in reality, it's a step back for a delicate body - just like with my son and all his snacks or with how my body becomes sluggish after eating processed foods. The subtle changes to our overall diet through the years seemed like nothing at the time. Looking back, those changes have improved everyone's overall health and wellbeing.
What subtle changes can you make to restore balance and health to your body?
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