Dealing with Negativity

Why is it that when you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, some people (even good people), try to make you feel like a douche? Or they give you advice that is clearly not based on fact, but rather on their their own experience (of which they really have none, since they aren’t exactly the picture of health). “I turned out okay?” Ummm… no.

Somehow my avoidance of unhealthy foods or behaviors and any discussion of it, has occasionally been mistranslated as, “You are so unhealthy because you eat that or do that.” I can think of several situations (not just regarding food) in which “no thanks” or “it’s not for me” comes across like this: “You are a turd if you do that.”

In case anyone else out there is getting “the look” or the eye roll or the sneer, for choosing the more natural real food over the processed fake food (for yourself or *gasp* your children), I’d like to offer some encouragement instead. Be proud of yourself and stand your ground. You’re doing something really good! If you happen to be the one rolling your eyes and full of sarcasm, maybe try to lay off just a little. It’s easy to become discouraged when making a change. You’ve probably been on the receiving end before.

We’ve been led to believe eating fatty food is what causes obesity, but that is yesterday’s theory. Our fat intake has decreased, yet obesity is still on the rise. Sugar addiction is a serious problem. It’s an addiction that deserves the same sort of attention as tobacco and alcohol addiction. I’m not saying it should be illegal, but many people don’t realize that it’s as addictive as crack. Most kids will literally lie, cheat and steal for it. They’ll even get into cars with strangers… just kidding. Kids know not to do that now, right? I just pictured a group of sugar fiends in a vacant, condemned house splitting a tablespoon of sugar, purchased with the money they scrounged, just to get a taste. Bet it would happen though.

So many things we thought we knew about nutrition, are just plain wrong. “They” over thought it and led us astray. It’s not rocket science. Go back to eating food the way it was naturally grown. When you eat corn, it should still look like corn. Butter is better than margarine (especially if it the margarine contains trans fat). Sugar should be eaten as it naturally occurs – in fruit, and occasionally honey or pure maple syrup (not Mrs. Butterworth). Stay away from those fad artificial sweeteners. “They” can’t seem to make up their minds about their safety anyway. The whole egg is better than just the egg white, especially if they’re free range and fed well (happy, healthy chickens). Most food is better for you if eaten in it’s original form. The apple, rice, corn, potato, etc. is better and easier to digest when it’s eaten as a whole, or at least eaten together, i.e. mashed potatoes with skin, brown rice, etc. A glass a wine or beer or even a mixed drink (or two) with a meal should no longer be taboo. But all of these, along with meat and dairy and wheat products, should be consumed in much smaller quantities than we’re used to. This should go without saying, but if you have health problems or allergies you should probably listen to your doctor and ignore me.

Eat more vegetables. If you have access, buy locally, organically grown food, including pastured meats. (By the way, happy and healthy animals naturally produce meats that are higher in Omega 3’s.) Don’t support unethical, unhealthy and inhumane practices with your hard earned money. Save the gas and energy used to process, transport and store items that can’t be produced in our region. Be conscious about what you eat. Try growing your own organic food. It’s much easier than you think, and there’s a good chance you’ll actually take pleasure in it. It’s a pasttime that goes waaaaay back. I started with a low maintenance container garden, but next spring I’m actually looking forward to adding an “in ground” garden. More and more research is turning up regarding the harmful side effects of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s or GM Foods). The evidence is mounting and it’s just a matter of getting everyone’s attention now. Oh and artificial ingredients should be taboo.

Did you know that parents in western societies are likely to outlive their children if things don’t change? It’s true. Let that thought marinate for minute. Our diets and health are spiraling out of control. You might be condoning or even facilitating it by supporting fake food manufacturers and feeding this junk to your kids. If making a change for your own benefit isn’t motivation enough, then do it for your kids. Their lives, literally, depend on it. (Yea. I went there.)

Okay. I’m getting off my soap box now.

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About Michele
Wife and Mom of three girls doing her best to lead the family into a healthier lifestyle and evolve gracefully.

One Response to Dealing with Negativity

  1. Carrie Fawcett says:

    I’m up on that soapbox with ya sister!

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