I know several of you think this whole "eating better" stuff is not THAT big of a deal.
Well, I'm here to tell you you really are what you eat.
Read my title again.
Yeah, that too.
I have slowly worked my way to a healthier diet. It has been a process over the last 11+ years. I did not change everything overnight. I did not become a better cook immediately. I did not get creative with leftovers the first
I made little changes. What I wasn't anticipating is just how much, little by little, it was changing me.
My depression certainly improved with medication. Yet, now that I can truly have some hindsight, it is painfully obvious how even today my psychological health improves with diet. It's not subtle. It's obvious.
And that did not happen overnight. However, I am a different person.
My libido is a biggie. I can trace the health of my libido to diet. Granted, I knew that much earlier on, and I was selfish quite a bit. I would choose to fill myself with plenty of bad things and then regret it. Yet, as my brain and neurological issues begin to heal through nutrition, then my emotions were much more helpful in making good choices.
Was it Gerson's daughter that said something like, "You can't just heal one part of your body. When you heal your body - everything heals."? Notice she didn't say, "When you take a pill to fix a symptom of one problem, everything heals."
Of course, it's not 100% diet related. We live simply. We do not create unnecessary stress, and our definition of "necessary stress" is a complete 180 from what it used to be in our little heads.
I get plenty of "My kids/husband/dog would never eat that! Would never work in our house." Get that all. the. time. Well ...
I used to say the EXACT SAME THING (except I didn't have a dog, so I'd say, "If I HAD a dog, even he wouldn't eat it!).
The truth is that I love good food. I still eat really good food. The things we eat are really, really, REALLY good. When I have someone question our sanity, I will tell the kids about it. They think those are the people who are nuts. :)
Yeah, while my kids can be kinda' whacked out at times, they're still normal. They didn't all magically join up through birth and adoption with magical taste buds unlike any other child on the planet. We have slowly substituated good for bad. And the good ... man, it's good!
Now, when I have something full of saturated clogginess, my mouth can tell it is being coated. I'm no longer immune to processed food. I do still like it. I occasionally parttake of it. Just today for lunch, I had a really greasy taco. Tomorrow I will take a really greasy dump. I will then make myself some really delicious salad and warm up a piece of crazy yummy flat bread.
Have you been thinking about it, and don't know where to start? Here are some of the very first things we did which made a big difference in our home:
* Plan meals (just start with one a week, and work your way up - and KEEP THEM SIMPLE!)
* Replace your white flour with whole wheat flour
* Replace vegetable oil with canola and olive oil
* Replace white sugar with honey and Stevia (that goes for syrup, too!)
Then, you slowly start to read labels and trade things out. Have you read your ketchup bottle lately? What about those frozen meals? Start to check out what you're actually eating, and make replacements. It does not have to take a lot more time. Whole wheat tortillas, refried beans, salsa, diced up tomatoes and chopped up greens, sprinkle a little cheese and - BOOM! You have a meal!
If you do it all the first week, I promise you will crash and burn. So ... don't. Little by little. Get your kids involved. Just make one change this week, and keep it up next week. Then, change something else.
You are what you eat, and your kids are what you feed them.
Meaning: it is so very worth it.
(photo by G & A Scholiers)