Annie’s MRI appointment last week went SO very well that I left with a profound feeling of exhilaration and hope.
And also…a renewed sense of inspiration to take better care of the bodies God gave us. When Annie was first diagnosed, I was ON A MISSION to feed my children ONLY the most nutrient-packed, God-made food that would boost their little immune systems and keep my little darlings healthy, happy, and well-adjusted…
…believing that the healthiest possible foods are the ones as close to the way God made them as possible: organic, hormone- and preservative-free, and unprocessed.
Honestly, in the past couple of years, due to the weight of overwhelming stressful events, I’ve let my attention to their diet slide ever-so-slightly. OK, I’ll be honest: we’ve totally, completely backslidden into the wasteland of trans fats, red dye #40, and … junk food (gasp).
I kept them alive, dadgummit, and sometimes, at the end of the day, that’s the best you can hope to accomplish.
But two years ago, I was on fire. I started (and didn’t finish) a blog series about our quest for better health:
Go ahead… I’ll wait.
Seeing as how we’ve survived the last two years on a diet of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, change in the right direction won’t be easy.
But I made a run to the health food store last night, made a menu plan, and tossed out the junkiest of the junk out of our pantry.
Today, I made a sticker chart where I plan to reward my children with one sticker for every healthy thing they eat. When they accumulate enough stickers (to be determined), we’ll go for a not-so-healthy treat like Andy’s.
They already have two stickers… for trying sauerkraut. Can you believe that? Sauerkraut!! I sort of offered it to them just for fun to see what they’d be willing to do for a sticker…and they liked it! Enough to eat two servings of it! It made me feel less guilty about heating up a nasty-white-flour-fake-cheese-and-trans-fat-frozen-pizza, since sauerkraut might possibly be the Next Chicken Soup. But the junky pizza was in the freezer already, and like I said… we’re easing back in gradually.
There are tons of health benefits to fermented foods like sauerkraut, but that’s a subject for the next blog post.