Last weekend, we had a potential new babysitter over to meet our kids and us. She was very nice and asked a lot of great questions about the kids. She asked us if they have any food allergies (no, but they do have food intolerances to gluten and dairy which many people have but don’t realize. My intolerances were misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome). She was really curious about our holistic lifestyle and asked a lot of questions about what we eat, where we shop for our food, about our essential oils and diffuser and about our Tyent water ionizer.
If you have read through my blog, you know that I absolutely love teaching about a holistic lifestyle. You know I feel very passionate about what we eat, where our food comes from, how we treat our illnesses. I care so much about the increase of all kinds of diseases in Americans, children included, and decrease in the quality of our food. Did you know that most diseases can be avoided and even reversed with a healthy diet?
I found it interesting that this young lady was so curious about the way we do life. It seemed like she has never seen anyone or any family that actually takes good care of themselves. She wanted to know what we eat for snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. She asked me how we use our Young Living essential oils and which oils we use for what issue. We had our oils diffuser running and she asked about that.
As we were talking, I explained to her how we use our oils for literally everything now. I have asthma and am no longer on the asthma meds (which made me feel horrible) and my hubby has allergies. He no longer gets shots or takes meds for those.
She then said something that was so alarming to me. She said, “I can’t imagine not being on any prescription drugs.” This girl is 16 years old! I asked her if she is on any prescription drugs and she said she doesn’t think so. But, her mom has heart disease and diabetes and on all kinds of meds. I asked how her mom’s diet is and she said terrible.
I was so shocked by her statement. It really hit me hard. Is this what we, as Americans, are teaching our children as the norm? Seriously? You can eat and drink whatever the hell you want and if you get sick, you can go to the doctor to get a prescription drug? This infuriates me right down to my core!
People, we MUST do better than this for our children. You may not be aware of what is going on with our food system and all the chemicals and junk in our food. But, you are able to educate yourself and help your children learn good eating habits so they can live long and healthy lives.
I am not saying that we do every single thing right for our kids but we sure do make an honest attempt by not eating fast food, removing all food with nasty chemicals, removing chemicals from our household cleaners, drinking ionized water. It has been a process for us that has taken 4 years so far of learning, researching, finding people out there who know what the heck they are talking about and not trusting our food system any longer.
You have to be your own advocate and learn about healthier options in this money-hungry world we live in today. If it will make a buck, the manufacturers will put it in your food. (As a side note, many other countries do not allow things like high fructose corn syrup in their food. They ban it. Why don’t we do that here in America? The almighty dollar takes priority over our health here. That is not okay and I just don’t understand why more people are not taking a stand).
Here are some tips to help get you started on a healthier journey: how to raise a healthy eater and healthy snacks for kids, the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, 12 dangerous ingredients to avoid in food and what is in our everyday products? Start slow when you are making lifestyle changes so they will become a habit.
Did you know, this is the first generation that is predicted to not live as long as their parents?
“Obesity is starting to take a serious toll on our life expectancy, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The kids of today will be the first generation expected to have shorter lives than their parents.
The study found that life expectancy will be reduced by an estimated 5 to 20 years for people that are severely obese.
That’s because obesity causes heart disease, diabetes, and oxidative stress that causes cancer. And obesity, in turn, is caused by eating metabolic disruptors like refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, saturated fats and chemical additives.
Obesity is being called an epidemic, both in the U.K, USA and Australia. World wide, approximately 43 million children under the age of 5 are obese and 1 in 10 children are overweight.
“Obesity is such that this generation of children could be the first basically in the history of the Western Civilisation to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents,” said Dr. David S. Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston, and one of the authors of the report.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
- The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
- In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
- Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.
- Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.
Our children should not be overweight and have heart disease, diabetes, etc. I am 43 years old and when I was little, I rarely ever saw an overweight child. Our food was made differently back then, we ran around outside all the time, we did not drink pop and juice and eat out all the time.
When are we going to wake up? When? Tomorrow? Next week? Next year? When it’s too late? When?
It’s all about the journey…
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