I like to think we’re a pretty typical middle class family. My husband rises very early and works long hours to provide for our family. He is out on the road and working outdoors in our year long unpredictable Midwest weather…through extreme heat, knee deep snow, subzero temperatures, rain, sleet…you name it…he works through it all (and no, he’s not a mail man). He does all of this to allow me to enjoy a very blessed life as a stay at home mom to our two children.
Mr G is our bright, passionate, on the go, seven year old. He certainly kept me on my toes through his overly energetic and tantrum filled early years. It wasn’t until he turned seven that I finally started to connect his behavior with the food he was eating. He led us into this journey. His highly sensitive reactions to unnatural food ingredients has resultantly blessed our family with a healthier, cleaner way of eating. We all eat better and feel better thanks to him.
Little Miss C is our spunky, strong willed, full of love, four year old who happens to have Down syndrome. She has been one of our life’s most unexpected blessings. She has grown and changed us in wonderful ways. She has broken me out of my shell and taught me to stand up and advocate for my children like never before. She is our extraordinary ray of sunshine.
These angels are my life, but prior to being promoted to this 24/7 job of full time homemaker and mom, I worked as an engineer in the automotive industry until our oldest was 18 months old. My dream was always to be a stay at home mom…a wagon pulling, zoo going, field trip chaperone, sports cheering…MOM! Boy, I didn’t have a clue what I was in for…most days it’s more work than it was going to work. But it sure is worth it…every late night, early morning, hot wheel stepped on, tantrum endured, spilled glass of milk,…and all else motherhood offers up, including the hugs, kisses, smiles, and “I love you, mom”s…this time with them is a true gift and a blessing.
We sometimes make sacrifices and cut out some of the “wants” to keep me at home, but we always seem to find coverage of the “needs”. Or so I thought I was covering all the needs…I now realize that I had been neglecting one necessity for far too long…a healthy, natural diet for our family. Dollar menu deals and convenience foods were good for our bank account, but I was ignoring the other more important side…our health, and our behavior! Now I value the fact that our diet is an investment into our future, just as we invest money for the road ahead, I now commit to actively invest in my family’s healthy future. Sometimes it may be a sacrifice of time or convenience to pack healthy snacks and meals in place of what may be offered at a party, function or at the drive through during days filled with errands or travel, but the resultant (positive) behavior in my children and knowing that they are eating something free of unnatural dies, chemicals, GMOs and more, is totally worth it. And with smart shopping, and a little extra time in the kitchen, healthy meals can be budget meals also!
Please join me. This is my journey, starting out from early in our transition process to a cleaner diet. I hope you will watch me learn and grow in our real food life. I hope to offer inspiration and encouragement to those starting out in making smarter food choices or even to those who have yet to begin. I am also excited and love tapping into knowledge from those of you farther done this path. All are welcome and invited to join me. But as I’ve mentioned already, my background is in engineering…not nutrition or health care. The stories I share are my own, they are what I’ve found beneficial to my family. Please be encouraged and inspired, but always do what is in the best interest of you and your family and seek advice from your medical professionals as needed.
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