Once upon a time I was a girl who ate fast food a few times a week and threw Little Debbie’s into my grocery cart. I am from the South and growing up, my family was about as Southern as Southern gets … big dinners on Sundays, homemade biscuits with jelly for breakfast, and plates piled high with desserts.
Don’t get me wrong – I was not raised to be an unhealthy eater. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, sitting down each night for a balanced dinner was the norm. I also spent plenty of time at my grandparents house soaking up good nutritional habits. I loved their outside adventures like eating watermelon, helping to shuck peas, or tending to the garden.
As I was growing up, I don’t remember ever having to worry about the world I lived in. I felt safe. I wasn’t worried about myself or my friends. Our biggest concern was a pretty easy concept to grasp … if you ate too much food, you got fat. We didn’t worry about wheezing, food allergies, autism, or ADHD. We didn’t worry about it because we didn’t have to.
But then I had children.
And so I did what most American moms do … I attempted to continue on with my worry-free life. We live in a society where instant gratification rules. A society where it is the norm for us to pop open a bag of goldfish crackers along with a juice box and call it a snack. A society that both rewards and bribes kids with Skittles, suckers, and M&Ms.
We don’t know what is in the food because we’ve never had to concern ourselves with it. We ate junk food growing up and turned out just fine so why should we treat our own children any different?
But, for many of us, the state of our children’s health, or our own, is forcing us to choose a different path … to think for ourselves and form our own opinions.
“Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.” — Florence Nightingale
The purpose of this blog is to help you out of this crazy maze we’ve lost ourselves and our babies in. This blog is for parents who want more for their children. Mamas who are tired of taking their kids to the doctor all of the time. And people who are figuring out that the world we live in today is very different from the one we grew up in several decades ago.